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CWC 2023 | How each team can qualify for the semi-finals

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India have locked in a semi-final berth but the other three spots that will secure a place in the knockout stage are still up for grabs, as we look at every side’s hopes and qualification pathway at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023.

The race for a spot in the knockout stage of the Cricket World Cup 2023 remains wide open with only undefeated India clinching a place in the semi-finals so far, while every team other than Bangladesh are still in contention.

South Africa, Australia and New Zealand join hosts India in the critical top-four spots at the moment, but with 11 group stage matches still to play almost every team is still in the hunt.

Here is what each team needs to do - and the other results that have to go their way - to finish in the top four and qualify for the knockout stage:

1. India

Wins: 7
Losses: 0
Net run rate: +2.102
Still to play: South Africa (5 November), Netherlands (12 November)

Path to qualification: 

* Qualified

2. South Africa

Wins: 6
Losses: 1
Net run rate: +2.290
Still to play:  India (5 November), Afghanistan (10 November)

Path to qualification: 

* Win at least one of their two remaining two matches to finish on 14+ points and be guaranteed qualification

* Lose both of their two remaining matches to finish on 12 points, and finish with a better net run rate than at least one of the other teams (Australia, New Zealand, Afghanistan) that can also finish on 12 points

3. Australia

Wins: 4
Losses: 2
Net run rate: +0.970
Still to play: England (4 November), Afghanistan (7 November), Bangladesh (11 November)

Path to qualification: 

* Win all three remaining matches to finish on 14 points and be guaranteed qualification

* Win two of their three remaining matches to finish on 12 points, and finish with a better net run rate than at least one of the other teams (South Africa, New Zealand, Afghanistan) that can also finish on 12 points

* Win one of their three remaining matches to finish on 10 points, and finish with a better net run rate than at least two of the other teams (New Zealand, Afghanistan, Pakistan) that can also finish on 10 points

 

4. New Zealand

Wins: 4
Losses: 3
Net run rate: +0.484
Still to play: Pakistan (4 November), Sri Lanka (9 November)

Path to qualification: 

* Win two remaining matches to finish on 12 points, and finish with a better net run rate than at least one of the other teams (South Africa, Australia, Afghanistan) that can also finish on 12 points

* Win one of their two remaining matches to finish on 10 points, and finish with a better net run rate than at least two of the other teams (Australia, Afghanistan, Pakistan) that can also finish on 10 points

5. Afghanistan

Wins: 4
Losses: 3
Net run rate: -0.330
Still to play: Australia (7 November), South Africa (10 November)

Path to qualification: 

* Win two remaining matches to finish on 12 points, and finish with a better net run rate than at least one of the other teams (South Africa, Australia, New Zealand) that can also finish on 12 points

* Win one of their two remaining matches to finish on 10 points, and finish with a better net run rate than at least two of the other teams (Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan) that can also finish on 10 points

 

6. Pakistan

Wins: 3
Losses: 4
Net run rate: -0.024
Still to play: New Zealand (4 November), England (11 November)

Path to qualification: 

* Win two remaining matches to finish on 10 points, and finish with a better net run rate than at least two of the other teams (Australia, New Zealand, Afghanistan) that can also finish on 10 points

* Win against New Zealand but lose to England to finish on eight points, while New Zealand later lose to Sri Lanka, Australia or Afghanistan lose all of their remaining matches, and finish with a better net run rate than the many other teams that can also finish on eight points

 

7. Sri Lanka

Wins: 2
Losses: 4
Net run rate: -1.162
Still to play: Bangladesh (6 November), New Zealand (9 November)

Path to qualification: 

* Win two remaining matches to finish on eight points, while two of Australia, New Zealand and Afghanistan lose all their remaining matches, and finish with a better net run rate than all other teams that finish on eight points

 

8. Netherlands

Wins: 2
Losses: 5
Net run rate: -1.398
Still to play: England (8 November), India (12 November)

Path to qualification: 

* Win two remaining matches to finish on eight points, while two of Australia, New Zealand and Afghanistan lose all their remaining matches, and finish with a better net run rate than all other teams that finish on eight points

 

9. Bangladesh

Wins: 1
Losses: 6
Net run rate: -1.446
Still to play: Sri Lanka (6 November), Australia (11 November)

Path to qualification: 

* Can not qualify for knockout stage

 

10. England

Wins: 1
Losses: 5
Net run rate: -1.652
Still to play: Australia (4 November), Netherlands (8 November), Pakistan (11 November)

Path to qualification: 

* Win three remaining matches to finish on eight points, while two of Australia, New Zealand and Afghanistan lose all their remaining matches, and finish with a better net run rate than all other teams that finish on eight points

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