As seven out of twelve group matches are over in the on-going Champions Trophy tournament, let see teams chances to stay alive in the tournament and qualify for the Semi-finals. Teams in Group A has played 2 matches each and in Group B, Pakistan and South Africa also played 2 matches each while India and Sri Lanka are currently playing their second match at The Oval today.
Group A :
The host nation of the tournament England is in Group A along with Australia, New Zealand and Bangladesh. Compare to Group B, all teams in Group A are still in the competition as two matches ended in no-result due to rain.
The home team England is the first team who confirmed the place in semi-finals. Both Bangladesh and New Zealand has 1 point each and Australia sits with 2 points. England defeated Bangladesh in their first game and also defeated New Zealand to confirm the place in semi-final. Australia faced New Zealand and Bangladesh respectively in their first two matches and unfortunately both of those matches were ended in no-result. With those abandoned matches, Australia earned one point each from both matches.
Group A Possibilities :
In the last round of Group A matches, Bangladesh faces New Zealand on Friday and England meets Australia on Saturday. Which team wins in the clash between Bangladesh vs New Zealand, will earn two more points and stay alive in the competition. If England beat Australia, either Bangladesh or New Zealand who ever wins on Friday would qualify for Semi-final. If Australia surprises the home team, they will qualify with 4 points.
Group B :
The defending Champions India shares Group B with neighbors Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The no. 1 team in the ICC ODI team rankings, South Africa also in the same group. After played two matches, South Africa has 1 win and a loss each. Pakistan lost their first match to India, then surprised South Africa with their good bowling performances and won that game with D/L method.
Team India started their title defending campaign with an huge win over Pakistan and playing their second game against Sri Lanka at The Oval on Thursday. Another team in the Group, Sri Lanka lost their first match to South Africa and facing India in a must win game today.
Group B Possibilities :
Both South Africa and India dominated in first set of Group B matches. But good come back win by Pakistan on Wednesday, wide opened the possibilities for Pakistan and Sri Lanka. If India defeats Sri Lanka in the on-going game, India will qualify for the Semi-final.
South Africa and Pakistan has 2 points each now, but South Africa leads with the help of Net Run Rate. If Sri Lanka defeats India, then it would make Group B contests more interesting. In that case, all four teams in Group B would consider their last set of Group match as a knockout game. India faces South Africa on Sunday and Pakistan play against Sri Lanka on Monday. Winners of those two games will qualify for the Semi-final. For that, Sri Lanka has to beat India on Thursday.
If suppose Sri Lanka fails against India, they will be eliminated from the competition. But, they would get chances to upset Pakistan’s chances by defeating them on Monday. Remember Pakistan has poor NRR compare to South Africa, if India defeats South Africa and Sri Lanka defeats Pakistan – South Africa has plenty of chances to advance as their NRR is not bad at the moment.
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