England’s 31-run win over India in Match 38 of ICC Cricket World Cup at Edgbaston has made the entire race for the semi-finals interesting.
England stay in contention for a berth in the semi-finals of the 2019 Cricket World Cup after handing India their first defeat of this World Cup.
With this win, England upstaged Pakistan to return to No. 4 in the points table with 10 points in 8 matches.
On Saturday, Australia had crushed New Zealand by 86 runs to remain on top of the ICC World Cup 2019 Points table with 7 wins in 8 matches.
ICC World Cup 2019 Points table
Australia have already qualified to the World Cup 2019 semi-finals whereas New Zealand and India are just one win away from a spot in the knockout stages.
Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh are in a must-win situation and can still into the last-four of the competition with a few results going their way.
West Indies, South Africa and Afghanistan have already been knocked after a dismal run of performances in their group matches.
1) AUSTRALIA – 14 points (P8, W7, L1, NR0)
The defending champions’ have already qualified into the semi-finals of World Cup 2019 with seven wins in their 8 matches and only one loss came against India.
2) INDIA-11 points (P7, W5, L1, NR1)
India are at the 2nd spot with 11 points from 7 matches. Their chances of making the semi-finals remain bright even after a 31-run defeat to England at Edgbaston.
Virat Kohli’s men just need to win one more from their next 2 matches to qualify. However, if India lose all 3 matches, then they have to depend on net run rate to seal their progress.
3) NEW ZEALAND – 11 points (P8, W5, L2, NR1)
New Zealand were crushed by Australia as they faced their successive defeat of the tournament. New Zealand, who are sitting 3rd with 11 points from 8 matches, can get knocked out if they lose to England by a big margin on Wednesday. They need to beat hosts in the must-win clash on July 3.
4) ENGLAND – 10 points (P8, W5, L3, NR0)
England have returned into the top-four with 10 points from 8 matches and push Pakistan to the 5th spot. England received a huge boost as now they are just 1 win away from making the last-four stage of World Cup 2019. And if England beat New Zealand in their final match, they will seal their progress.
5) PAKISTAN- 9 points (P8, W4, L3, NR1)
England’s win over India removed Pakistan from the top four. Now, Men in green will not only have to beat Bangladesh in their final group-stage match on July 5 but also hope that England lose to New Zealand on July 3. Pakistan can get knocked out if England beat New Zealand.
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