World Cup 2019 Points Table: Race for top-four finish heats up

first_imgMore than half of the World Cup 2019 is over and we are yet to find out the final four teams that will battle it out in the semi-finals of the showpiece event.New Zealand, Australia, India and England have a slender lead over the remaining teams in the points table at the moment and look set to advance in the knockout stage but they have Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, West Indies and Pakistan close on their heels.There are no guarantees in the one-day international cricket which is why the teams in the second-half of the table cannot be counted out just yet.West Indies, South Africa and Pakistan are in a must-win situation at this stage with them being tied on 3 points each. A loss for either South Africa or Pakistan in the 30th match at the Lord’s Cricket Ground on Sunday will be the final nail in the coffin.Sri Lanka and Bangladesh are still in a position to cause a few upsets and sneak into the last-four of the competition but that will be easier said than done. (India Today Photo)NEW ZEALAND – 11 points (P6, W5, L0, NR1)Kane Williamson’s team registered a thrilling win over the Windies on Saturday night to reclaim the top spot in the table with five wins from six games. Their match against India was washed out without a ball being bowled and it was the only game where both teams dropped a point. The Blackcaps will seal their spot in the semis if they win their next match against Pakistan on June 26.advertisementAUSTRALIA – 10 points (P6, W5, L1, NR0)The defending champions’ only loss in their six games came against India but since then they have pulled up their socks and defeated Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh to consolidate their position in the top-four with 10 points.INDIA – 9 points (P5, W4, L0, NR1)The two-time world champions survived a major scare in their last game against Afghanistan but prevailed by 11 runs to keep remain unbeaten in the tournament along with the Kiwis. India started their campaign a week later than the rest but have been in rampaging form since then beating the likes of South Africa, Australia and Pakistan with ease but got a major wake-up call against the Afghans. They head into their next game against the Windies as favourites on June 27.ENGLAND – 8 points (P6, W4, L2, NR0)The hosts were being touted as the favourites to lift their maiden 50-over World Cup trophy this time but they got a reality check from Sri Lanka in their last game after failing to chase down 233 in Headingley. It was the second time they lost a game in this edition after their 14-run loss defeat against Pakistan earlier this month. England have 8 points from 6 games so far and will face Australia, India and New Zealand in their remaining three games and have the toughest road ahead out of the other teams in the top four.last_img

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