The Herald (Zimbabwe)

Cricket World Cup semi-final qualificat­ion scenarios


NEW Zealand, Afghanista­n and Pakistan remain in the race for the final spot in the World Cup semifinals with one match left for each of the three teams.

Table-toppers India, South Africa and Australia have already booked their place in the final four of the 10-team tournament.

SuperSport takes a look at qualificat­ion scenarios needed to become the fourth semifinali­st.


Played: 8, Points: 8, Net run-rate: 0.398 Remaining match: v Sri Lanka (in Bengaluru TODAY)

Runners-up in the previous two editions, New Zealand’s semifinal hopes hang in the balance after four successive defeats.

Victory against Sri Lanka and defeats for Pakistan and Afghanista­n will take them clear on 10 points and into the semis.

A rain threat looms over their final league encounter in Bengaluru and if points with Sri Lanka are shared then a win for either Pakistan or Afghanista­n will end their bid.

New Zealand boast a better net run rate than both Pakistan and Afghanista­n which could end up being the clinching factor.


Played: 8, Points: 8, Net run-rate: 0.036 Remaining match: v England (in Kolkata on Saturday)

The 1992 champions need to beat England and hope New Zealand and Afghanista­n lose to make the semifinals with 10 points.

But if New Zealand win against Sri Lanka then Pakistan will need to beat England by a big margin of around 100 runs to improve their net run-rate.

They have the advantage of playing the last of the three teams, so will know exactly what they need to get into the semis.


Played: 8, Points: 8, Net run-rate: -0.338 Remaining match: v South Africa (in Ahmedabad on Friday)

The giant-killers need to win their remaining match and hope Pakistan and New Zealand lose their games for a clear entry into the semis.

If they beat South Africa while Pakistan as well as New Zealand also both win their final matches then all three teams will be tied on 10 points and net run rate will come into play.

Afghanista­n have the worst run rate (in negative) among the three teams — SuperSport.

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