ICC World Cup 2019 | Qualification Scenarios

Monday, 24 June 2019

South Africa became the first big casualty (second team after Afghanistan) to be ousted from a chance to make the semi-finals after their 49-run loss to Pakistan at Lord’s.Pakistan kept their hopes alive with a splendid all-round performance led by Haris Sohail with the bat and Mohammad Amir with the ball.

Sri Lanka had done the World Cup 2019 a huge favour on Friday when they effected the biggest upset of the tournament with their 20-run win over England at Leeds. This upset suddenly threw open the qualification scenarios which seemed to be meandering to a predictable end.

Afghanistan and West Indies came agonizing close to upsetting two heavyweights in India and New Zealand on Saturday, 22nd of June – this would have made the race for the semi-finals even more interesting – but it was not to be.

There have been four upsets so far. The story is two losses for England and two wins for Bangladesh. If we rank them in descending order of magnitude then these would be: Sri Lanka beat England at Leeds, Pakistan beat England at Trent Bridge, Bangladesh beat South Africa at The Oval and Bangladesh beat West Indies at Taunton