ICC World Cup 2023 Semifinals: The Potential for an India vs Pakistan

India has made an impressive mark in the ICC ODI World Cup 2023, securing the top spot in the standings after a stunning 243-run victory over South Africa. This victory marks India’s eighth consecutive win in the tournament, reflecting their strong form and determination. As the competition intensifies, South Africa and Australia are emerging as strong contenders for the second and third positions, respectively. Australia, in particular, is in a favorable position with two matches left against Afghanistan and Bangladesh. A win in either of these matches would secure a top-three finish for Australia in the league stage.

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IND vs SA Match 37th, ICC World Cup 2023

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However, the fourth and final spot in the semifinals is currently being hotly contested by New Zealand, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. Let’s delve deeper into the points table and qualification scenarios for these teams:

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ICC World Cup 2023 Australia Squad

ICC World Cup 2023 Australia: A Strong Contender

Played: 7
Points: 10
Net Run Rate (NRR): 0.924
Remaining matches: vs Afghanistan, vs Bangladesh
Australia has a relatively easier path to finish in the top three and secure a semifinal berth. Winning their match against Afghanistan would guarantee a spot in the semis and a third-place finish after the league stages. Even if they lose to Afghanistan, it could jeopardize New Zealand and Pakistan’s hopes, as Australia’s NRR is significantly better than the other contenders.

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ICC World Cup 2023 New zealand Squad

New Zealand’s Roller Coaster Ride in World Cup 2023

Played: 8
Points: 8
NRR: 0.398
Remaining match: vs Sri Lanka
New Zealand’s journey in the World Cup has been quite the roller coaster. After starting with dominant wins, they suffered four consecutive losses and are now at risk of elimination. To secure a semifinal berth, they must beat Sri Lanka and hope that Afghanistan wins their remaining matches while Australia triumphs over Bangladesh.

The best-case scenario for New Zealand is winning their match against Sri Lanka and having Afghanistan lose both their remaining matches, while England beats Pakistan. This would take New Zealand to 10 points and secure their place in the finals. However, weather conditions, with predicted rain throughout the week in Bengaluru, could also play a role in their fate.

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ICC World Cup 2023 Afghanistan Squad

Afghanistan’s Upset Potential

Played: 7
Points: 8
NRR: -0.330
Remaining matches: vs Australia, vs South Africa
Afghanistan is in a tricky situation, but if they can manage two upsets, they have a fair chance of making it to the semifinals. Among the contenders (New Zealand, Pakistan, and Afghanistan), only Afghanistan has the possibility of finishing with 12 points, effectively eliminating the other two. The main obstacle for Afghanistan is their NRR, which is currently the lowest among the three teams.

Their best chances of qualification lie in hoping for both Pakistan and New Zealand to lose their final league matches while they win at least one of their remaining matches.

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ICC World Cup 2023 Pakistan Squad

Pakistan’s Tough Road

Played: 8
Points: 8
NRR: 0.036
Remaining match: vs England
Pakistan has shown resilience after a challenging start, with a chance to qualify for the semifinals. However, their path is complex, and they will depend on other results, even if they beat England in their final league match.

The best-case scenario for Pakistan is winning against England while hoping for Sri Lanka to beat New Zealand and Afghanistan to lose both their remaining matches. If New Zealand wins against Sri Lanka, Pakistan will need to secure a victory against England by a larger margin, considering the NRR as the deciding factor.

ALSO CHECK: ICC World Cup 2023 Points Table

The ICC ODI World Cup 2023 is reaching a thrilling climax with India’s dominance at the top. As Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan, and Afghanistan battle for the remaining semifinal spots, cricket fans are in for an exciting showdown.

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