When Pakistan fans are rooting for their arch-rivals India, it says it all about how important a place in the World Cup semi-finals means. While the latter couldn’t live up to their neighbour's expectations by losing against hosts England on Sunday, Pakistan are still not out of the quadrennial event yet. In fact, only Australia is assured of a place in the top-4 till now.
Here’s how the points table looks after the result of the India-England clash:
Here’s what it means for the teams concerned in terms of semi-final hopes:
Qualified: Australia were the first team to make the semi-finals when they beat England a few days ago. The Kangaroos have a good chance to make it to the top of the table, as they are now at 14 points and with their last game against South Africa, who at the eight spot, they have a good chance to end at 16 points.
Eliminated: Afghanistan with 8 defeats and South Africa and West Indies with five losses each are out of the tournament.
Teams in the fray: India, New Zealand, England, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka
India and New Zealand: Both the teams are in a good position to qualify for the semis, as both have 11 points each; India are left with 2 games and the Kiwis with 1 match. Both need one win (or 1 point in case of no result) to qualify. However, even if they lose their remaining games, they might still go through, because only one from Pakistan and Bangladesh, since they face-off, will make it to 11 points. Even net run rate could come into the picture then.
England: England, with 10 points, need to win their last match against New Zealand to make it to the semi-finals. If they lose, they’ll have to hope Bangladesh beat Pakistan, but loses to India. If it is a no result, they'll have to hope their net run rate is superior to other teams who could finish at 11 points.
Pakistan: Pakistan have 9 points and will have to beat Bangladesh, but at the same time, hope England lose to New Zealand to qualify for semis. If it's a no result, they'll have to hope that England lose against New Zealand with a heavy margin, and Bangladesh loses to India.
Bangladesh: Bangladesh, with 7 points, have to beat both their Asian counterparts, India and Pakistan, and hope England lose to New Zealand, to make it to the semis. If both their games are no results, they will be eliminated. If one is no result, they'll end at 10 points and hope their net run rate is better than England.
Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka, with 6 points, have the slimmest of chances. They will have to beat both West Indies and India and hope England lose to New Zealand and Pakistan lose to Bangladesh. Even this won’t be enough for the Islanders since they and England would be tied at 10 points. So they will have to win their matches convincingly and hope England lose badly, so that they have a superior net run rate. Almost impossible.