The ICC ODI World Cup 2023 has reached a crescendo of excitement as the race for a spot in the semifinals takes center stage.
With India and South Africa already securing their places in the last four, the competition for the remaining two spots has intensified, featuring a fierce tussle among Australia, Pakistan, and New Zealand on the points table.
As these teams battle it out for a place in the semifinals, check the various qualification scenarios for each of them.
Can Australia still qualify for semi-final 2023?
Australia’s journey towards securing a place in the semifinals presents several plausible scenarios:
- Australia can secure their spot in the semis by winning both of their remaining matches, pushing their points tally to 14.
- Or, Even winning one of their remaining matches will solidify Australia’s position in the semifinals, amassing a total of 12 points.
- Or, in the event of losing both remaining matches and finishing with 8 points, Australia can still get a semifinal berth. However, this scenario necessitates that their net run rate is superior to at least two of the other teams (New Zealand, Afghanistan, Pakistan) who might also finish with 10 points.
Can New Zealand still qualify for semi-final 2023?
For New Zealand, securing a place in the semifinals involves specific scenarios:
- New Zealand must win their remaining match to reach 10 points, in addition to maintaining a superior net run rate over at least two other teams (Australia, Afghanistan, Pakistan) that might reach the 10-point mark.
- If New Zealand ends up with 8 points after losing their last match, their qualification prospects rely on Pakistan and Afghanistan losing their remaining matches. Moreover, New Zealand must retain a higher net run rate compared to other teams finishing with 8 points.
Can Pakistan still qualify for semi-final 2023?
Pakistan, tied with New Zealand at 8 points, charts a somewhat similar path to clinch a semifinal spot:
- Pakistan’s journey to the semis necessitates winning their remaining match, reaching a total of 10 points. They also need to maintain a superior net run rate compared to at least two other teams (Australia, New Zealand, Afghanistan) that might also reach 10 points.
- If Pakistan finishes with 8 points by losing their final match, their qualification hopes rely on New Zealand and Afghanistan losing their remaining matches. Additionally, they need to secure a higher net run rate than other teams concluding with 8 points.