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With India already secured prime spot within the standings, the one semis spot left now’s for the fourth place finishers within the factors desk, who would be the opponent of the hosts within the last-four stage. Three groups are nonetheless vying for the final remaining spot within the knock-out stage. New Zealand, Pakistan and Afghanistan must win their last league matches and hope to win the battle of internet run charges (NRR) to make the minimize. Any crew, among the many three, who misplaced their final league match will fall behind within the race.
Listed below are a number of situations to find out the opponent of the undefeated India within the all-important semi-final:
If New Zealand beat Sri Lanka on Thursday, they would be the frontrunner to face India within the semifinal. The Kiwis (+0.398) have one of the best NRR among the many three, adopted by Pakistan (+.036) and Afghanistan (-0.338).
Afghanistan play South Africa, who’re already assured of a prime three end, on Friday and they’re going to want one in all their greatest wins ever to compensate for his or her unfavorable NRR. So, most likely their possibilities to succeed in the semis will finish with the New Zealand victory.
Pakistan play their final league match in opposition to England on Saturday, after New Zealand and Afghanistan conclude their round-robin campaigns. And they’ll know the precise margin of victory required to go previous the Kiwis within the race. However an enormous win for the Kiwis in opposition to the Lankans will shut the door for them too as they’re behind on NRR.
If New Zealand lose to Sri Lanka and Afghanistan win in opposition to South Africa. Pakistan can go previous the Kiwis with a win in opposition to England. Then Pakistan and Afghanistan can have 10 factors every and New Zealand 8.
With Pakistan’s NRR being a lot better than Afghanistan, the latter will be unable to cease a mouth-watering India vs Pakistan semi-final conflict.
If all three misplaced their last matches. All of them will end on 8 factors. Once more, NRR will come into play and the benefit shall be with New Zealand, who’re already forward within the factors desk on superior NRR over Pakistan and Afghanistan.
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If New Zealand’s final match in opposition to Sri Lanka is washed out because of rain, then a win for Pakistan in opposition to England will take them forward of the Kiwis within the standings with 10 factors. Win for Afghanistan may also take them to 10 factors and NRR will come into play once more to determine the semi-finalists. Pakistan can have a bonus there.
If rain washed out all their final video games, then the Kiwis will undergo on a superior internet run fee.
So, the opportunity of an India vs Pakistan semi-final conflict principally relies on New Zealand recreation in opposition to Sri Lanka on Thursday.