ICC Champions Trophy 2017, Group B: How India, South Africa, Pakistan and Sri Lanka can qualify for semis – Firstpost


Sri Lanka’s comprehensive defeat of India in Thursday’s Group B match has made matters very simple — as has the fact that all matches in this group have provided a result — from a who-needs-what-to-qualify standpoint, particularly when compared with the relatively convoluted situation over in Group A.

The seven-wicket win by Angelo Mathews’ men leaves each team in Group B with two points apiece, which turns Sunday’s India-South Africa match and Monday’s Sri Lanka-Pakistan fixture into virtual quarter-finals. Here’s a look at what each team needs to do to qualify for the semi-finals:

TEAMS MAT WON LOST TIED N/R PTS NET RR
India 2 1 1 0 0 2 1.272
South Africa 2 1 1 0 0 2 1
Sri Lanka 2 1 1 0 0 2 -0.879
Pakistan 2 1 1 0 0 2 -1.544

India

Beat South Africa and qualify for the semi-finals. It’s as simple as that — much like the scenario for all the other teams. In the event of a washout, however, India’s superior run rate will help them qualify for the semi-finals, regardless of the outcome of the other game.

South Africa

There’s a reason matches of this nature are described as being must-win fixtures, and South Africa will have to defeat India in order to qualify for the semi-finals. That said, if both the India-South Africa and Pakistan-Sri Lanka matches are washed out, the Proteas will qualify alongside India on account of their net run rate. However, if the India-South Africa match is washed out, but the Sri Lanka-Pakistan match yields a result, AB de Villiers and Company will be eliminated.

GROUP A

Sri Lanka

The wind is back in the Islanders’ sails and they will be backing themselves to pip their South Asian rivals and qualify for the semi-finals. Aside from defeating Pakistan, the only other way Sri Lanka can book a berth in the next round is if their own match is washed out, but the India-South Africa fixture produces a result. As mentioned earlier, twin washouts will result in Sri Lanka being eliminated, on account of an inferior NRR.

Pakistan

By now, we’ve firmly established that every one of these matches is a ‘must-win’, but this is particularly so for Pakistan, as there is absolutely no other scenario that will see them qualify for the semi-finals. And the reason is that the thumping at the hands of India in Pakistan’s first game of the tournament has left the team with the worst NRR in the group — something that was slightly mitigated in the win over South Africa.

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