Will India meet Pakistan in semis for a mouth watering game? There is an increasing possibility as Pakistan has clawed back to take fourth position and India has three matches to go and now sitting pretty in the second position.
Pakistan was down and out at the 9th spot after their ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 match against arch-rivals India on June 16 in Manchester. It was their 3rd defeat and Pakistan had just 3 points to show for after 5 matches.
However, in an inspiring run similar to their 1992 World Cup-winning campaign, Pakistan have rallied against odds to win their next 3 matches and move into the top-four of the World Cup 2019 points table. Pakistan survived a cliffhanger against Afghanistan in Leeds on Saturday, chasing a 228-run target in the final over and pushed England to the fifth spot.
Matches to play: Bangladesh on June 5
Matches to play: India on June 30, New Zealand on July 3
Matches to Play: India on June 2 and Pakistan on June 5
Matches to Play: West Indies on July 1 and India on July 6
Australia – Qualified
Matches to Play: South Africa on July 6
Matches to Play: England on June 30, Bangladesh on July 2 and Sri Lanka on July 6
Matches to Play: England on July 3
However, If India beat England on Sunday, they will drag New Zealand along with them to the semi-final.
South Africa and Afghanistan are the only 2 teams who have lost out on semi-final contention so far.