Semi-Final World Cup 2019 scenario : Who will Team India play in the semi-final of the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2019
The ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 has almost reached the business end. As of now, three teams viz. Australia, India, and England have officially been qualified for the semi-final of the marquee tournament.
England’s 119-run win over New Zealand at the Chester-le-Street, Durham on Wednesday, has confirmed the Kiwis’ entry as well in the Top-4, only that it remains to be officially announced. Pakistan were hoping against hope for an India victory versus England, and then a New Zealand victory against England, for the minuscule of chances for their qualification. But, only to be handed a disappointed on both fronts.
Friday’s match between Pakistan and Bangladesh will bring before us the ultimate 4 teams that have made their arduous journey through towards the final three matches that matter the most. Pakistan, on the other hand have the most slimmest of chances to make it through provided we witness the most miraculous thing that has ever happened on in a game of Cricket.
Cricket World Cup 2019 semi-final sechedule
The knock-out or the semi-final stage will commence from Tuesday, July 9. The first semi-final will be played between the No.1 team vs the No.4 team in the points table after the end of the league stages (on July 6) at the Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester.
The second semi-final will take place on July 11 at Edgbston, Birmingham between the No.2 team vs the No.3 team in the table after the league stages, at Edgbaston in Birmingham.
India more likely to play England in the semi-finals
As of what the points table looks like now, India (13 points) might end up at the second position in the points table after Australia (14 points). England, on the other hand, have sealed their third spot in the table, with 12 points after back-to-back wins versus India and New Zealand respectively.
Thus, if we go by the above scenario, then India will lock horns against England on July 11 (Thursday) at Edgbaston, Birmingham. This the same venue where England defeated India by 31 runs to hand them their first loss in the tournament.
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India could also play New Zealand
On the contrary, India might also face New Zealand in the semis if they manage to finish first on the points table. Both India and Australia have one game each to play to finish the league stages.
Thus, if India manage to beat Sri Lanka in their last league match (on July 6), they will finish with 15 points. But, to finish at the top, and play New Zealand in the first semi-final, Australia will have to lose against South Africa as well in their last league match (also on July 6).
If the aforementioned scenario happens, India would finish on 15 points, and Australia would end up at 14 points, which would therefore mean that India play New Zealand on July 9 at Manchester.