After two back to back defeats, England have done themselves a huge favour by defeating India in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 round-robin match at Edgbaston. The win puts England back in contention for semi-finals. To stay alive in the CWC 2019, England faced a must-win situation against India. Now the hosts will need to beat New Zealand in their last game to go through to the semi-finals.
In case, England lose, New Zealand will qualify for semis and it will also open gates for Pakistan. Bangladesh is also in the scene and they need to win two out of two matches to give themselves a chance.
Had England lost to India, it would have been curtains on the semis chances. The England’s win means Sri Lanka, who are placed seventh on the ICC CWC 2019 points table, can no longer qualify for the last four. So, now technically, five teams- India, Pakistan, New Zealand, England, and Bangladesh- are in contention for three available spots.
Here’s a look at CWC19 qualification scenarios
It is good for the tournament that teams are still fighting to seal their place in the semi-final. Thus far only defending champions Australia have qualified for the final four. The Aaron Finch-led side is placed on top of the CWC19 points table with 14 points from eight matches.
Australia are likely to finish on top of the team standings and will face fourth-placed team in the first semifinal. Meanwhile, the upcoming week in the Cricket World Cup 2019 has come fascinating contests stored for fans.