After the start of the ongoing ODI World Cup in India, it was thought that the tournament would be hectic. However, the game of the group stage has turned into a battle in the last stage. For example, Angelo Mathews was timed out for the first time in the history of international cricket in the Bangladesh-Sri Lanka match. The next day against Afghanistan, Glenn Maxwell brought Australia to the semi-finals by scoring a double century despite the muscle cramp injury.
Bangladesh’s chances of 2025 Champions Trophy were strengthened by the victory against Sri Lanka. But England’s big win against the Netherlands will put the Tigers back on track. Joss Battlers strengthened their chances of playing in the Champions Trophy by defeating the Dutch by a huge margin of 160 runs.
In a statement during the World Cup, the ICC said that the first seven teams on the points list of this year’s World Cup and the host Pakistan will have the opportunity to play in the Champions Trophy in 2025. After hearing this, the parties shook. Each team has one match remaining in the tournament.
6 out of the top 8 of this year’s World Cup have already been confirmed. The last four teams are England, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the Netherlands fighting for the 7th and 8th places. Although these four teams all have four points, England is in the best position in net run rate (-0.885). Then there are Bangladesh (-1.142), Sri Lanka (-1.160) and Netherlands (-1.635) respectively.
In the last round, England’s opponent is Pakistan, Netherlands’ opponent is South Africa. The Lankans will fight against New Zealand and Bangladesh against Australia. This has greatly reduced the chances of Bangladesh playing in the Champions Trophy. Because after losing 7 wickets for 91 runs against the Afghans yesterday, Ajira got an unforgettable victory with Maxwell’s double century.
On the other hand, the last match between England and Pakistan is important for both the teams. Because, to reach the World Cup semi-finals, Pakistan must win this match by a big margin. On the other hand, there is no option for England to win this match to keep their hopes of the Champions Trophy alive.
The last matches of both the teams in Sri Lanka and Netherlands are against New Zealand and India respectively. They also understand that it will be very difficult for Sri Lanka to win against the Kiwis. And India is the unbeaten team in this tournament. The Dutch have no chance of winning against them.
If England, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Netherlands all four teams win their last match then the run rate difference will come. That’s why Bangladesh must win against Ajid by a big margin to secure the Champions Trophy. Even if they don’t win, England, Sri Lanka and the Netherlands will have to lose by a big margin. Even in that case, the run rate will be affected. So it can be said that the fate of playing the Champions Trophy in Bangladesh is hanging in the balance.