Mumbai, November 6 (AD): Hosts India are currently leading the points table. They have 16 points in eight games. South Africa are second on points with 12 matches played.
Australia is third in the points table with 10 points from 7 matches. They still have two matches left. Their opponents in these two matches are Afghanistan and Bangladesh. If they win one of these two matches, their semi-final will be confirmed. If they don’t win either of the two matches, they will have to wait.
New Zealand, Pakistan and Afghanistan – these three teams are also fighting for the semi-finals. All three teams have 8 points. In other words, the two semi-final places have been finalised. Four teams are fighting for the remaining two spots.
New Zealand will play against Sri Lanka in the last match. Pakistan will play against England. On the other hand, Afghanistan’s last two matches are against Australia and South Africa.
A lot depends on these matches. For example, Australia and South Africa are opponents in two matches of Afghanistan. If Afghanistan wins against Australia, it will be a situation. Losing is a different situation. A win for Afghanistan will make the semi-final battle even more intense. On the other hand, if Australia wins, the semi-finals of the three teams will be confirmed. New Zealand, Pakistan and Afghanistan will fight for the remaining one spot.
The New Zealand-Sri Lanka match is also important. If Sri Lanka wins, New Zealand’s chances will be very difficult. In that case Pakistan’s chances will increase. Pakistan should win against England. And if New Zealand wins against Sri Lanka, their chances will increase. At that time, Pakistan should not only win against England, but the run rate should also be kept in mind. As a result, every match in the run-up to the semi-finals is now very important.