04 November 2023, 08:19 AM
The battle for the World Cup semi-finals has gathered. This World Cup win-loss game had a different atmosphere from the start. Again, as a surprise package, Afghanistan’s four wins have tied the game in many ways. The first semi-finalist had to wait until the 7th league. And after their 7th match, India have entered the semis and Bangladesh are now on their way home.
The 8th round of the World Cup is starting before the 7th round matches are completely over. There is still one match left in the 7th round. England and Australia, two of the world’s best cricketers, will face each other in the final match of the round. If Ajira wins this match, the return home will be guaranteed for the current champions England.
India are at the top of the points table after winning all 7 matches. South Africa is on the way to the semi-finals with them. These two teams will meet in the 8th round match. If the Proteas win that match, the semi-finals are absolutely guaranteed. Even if they lose, they will not have much worry. They are well ahead in the race for the last four with 12 points.
In the same round, Bangladesh has secured tickets from India to Dhaka. The Tigers had no choice but to win this round to keep their semi dreams alive. But the unbelievable loss to fellow country Netherlands has put Bangladesh in boundless shame. A big defeat is certain to return home, and there are doubts about whether the Tigers will be seen in the 2025 Champions Trophy as well.
England can be sure to return home in the last match of this round. Only 1 win in 6 matches against the current champions. Their dreams of the semi-finals only exist on paper. If New Zealand wins or loses against Australia in the first match of the day on Saturday, Josh Buttlers will have to go home.