The Defending champions Australia are already qualified for the Semi-finals of the World Cup, while Sri Lanka, South Africa, the West Indies, and Afghanistan are out of the tournament. On the other hand, New Zealand, England, Pakistan and Bangladesh are still fighting for their Spot in top 4 in the World Cup 2019.
AFP Sport looks at what should happen for each of those sides if they’re going to qualify for the knockout phase
India at second place with 11 points
Indian remaining pool matches:
July 2: Bangladesh v India
July 6: India v Sri Lanka
India needs to win one of its two remaining group games to be sure to reach a third consecutive World Cup semi-final. Even if Indian team loses its next two matches, it should still qualify in the semi-finals on the basis of net run-rate.
New Zealand at third place with 11 points
Kiwi’s remaining group match:
July 3: New Zealand V England
2015 finalist would qualify for the semi-finals if they win their next match which would do or die for both teams. Even if New Zealand loses its match it still qualifies for the semi-finals on the basis of net run-rate.
England at the fourth position with 10 points
England’s remaining group match:
July 3: England V New Zealand
A win over New Zealand would see the tournament’s favorite and host in the knockout phase of world cup 2019. But if they lose, England would depend on another team to help him qualify. If Pakistan does not win against Bangladesh and Bangladesh does not win the remaining two matches, against India and Pakistan, England would be able to qualify for semi-finals.
Pakistan at fifth position with 9 points
Remaining group match:
July 5: Pakistan v Bangladesh
Pakistan needs to beat Bangladesh and hopes England lost to Kiwis if they wanted to qualify for the semi-finals which look extremely difficult as England beats India.
Bangladesh at seventh position with 7 points
Remaining group matches:
July 2: Bangladesh V India
July 5: Bangladesh V Pakistan
Bangladesh needs to win its two remaining matches and wait for New Zealand to defeat England if they want to qualify for the knock-out stages. Here Pakistan and Bangladesh are dependent on New Zealand’s victory if they wanted to be in the top 4 but looking at the recent form of England its quite difficult for both teams to stay in the tournament.