“The semi-finals are set for November 15 and 16 in Mumbai and Kolkata”
The excitement is mounting in the ICC Men’s ODI World Cup 2023 as the semi-final slots are still wide open, with nine teams vying for the coveted spots. Bangladesh is the only team out of contention after six defeats. While no team has clinched a semi-final berth yet, India stands on the cusp with 12 points from six matches. However, they still face a slim chance of missing out despite their winning streak.
India has yet to officially confirm a place in the semi-finals with three matches left in the competition. This is because Sri Lanka & Afghanistan have four points on the board in five matches. This means both of them can catch India & finish with 12 points
With Srilanka and Afghanistan playing each other tomorrow, it will only be the winner of the match that can catch up with India. Any such scenario will require them to win every game possible while India loses all three upcoming matches which include one match with Srilanka.
India must win at least one of their upcoming matches against Sri Lanka, South Africa, or the Netherlands to guarantee a spot in the semi-finals.
A clean sweep of these games would not only assure them a place but also top the points table.
India’s remaining matches:
- Sri Lanka – November 2 at Mumbai
- South Africa – November 5 at Kolkata
- Netherlands – November 2 at Bengaluru
Let’s have a look at other teams possibilities of entering in the semifinals
South Africa is close to the finish line with 10 points from six games. Securing two more victories in the next three will punch their ticket to the semi-finals. Even one win might suffice, provided Afghanistan drops one of their games.
New Zealand, sitting comfortably with eight points, could sail into the last four with three consecutive wins. They could still advance with two wins if Afghanistan also stumbles in one of their matches.
Australia’s path mirrors New Zealand’s. With eight points, three more wins lock in their semi-final berth, and two might do the trick if Afghanistan doesn’t win all their remaining games.
Pakistan’s chances are a bit dicey with six points. They must win big in their final two games and rely on New Zealand and Australia’s total defeat in their remaining matches to advance without any complications.
Afghanistan, with six points, must sweep their remaining matches and hope either New Zealand or Australia falter in two of their upcoming games.
Sri Lanka, with a slim four points, needs a clean sweep in their final three matches and must count on losses from Australia, New Zealand, and a few other teams to stay in the hunt.
The Netherlands, also with four points, faces the same uphill battle as Sri Lanka. Wins in all their matches coupled with specific outcomes from the others could see them through.
England, the defending champs, are in a tough spot with just two points. They need a winning spree with large margins and a specific series of losses from New Zealand, Australia, and other teams to sneak into the semi-finals based on net run rate.
The semi-finals are set for November 15 and 16 in Mumbai and Kolkata, with the grand finale on November 19 at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. It’s all to play for as the teams battle it out for cricketing glory.