THE Cricket World Cup’s semi-final picture is getting ever clearer with the round robin phase entering its final days.
From a precarious position just a week ago, England’s place in the last four is now secure after wins over India and New Zealand – but which teams will be going home?
Which teams are out of the Cricket World Cup?
The first team to be eliminated – Afghanistan have yet to win a single match, although they did push India to within 12 runs.
The Proteas will not be progressing any further in this Cricket World Cup after a dreadful campaign which saw them become the second team to be eliminated.
In a cruel twist of fate, they play in the competition’s last group match against Australia on Saturday, meaning they’ll have hung around for two weeks since learning that they’d be going home.
West Indies started brilliantly by crushing Pakistan in their opening match, but haven’t hit those heights since and were knocked out by India.
England’s win over India saw Sri Lanka knocked out of the tournament.
As a result of their loss to India, Bangladesh were knocked out of the Cricket World cup.
Pakistan were left with a near impossible task of needing to bat first against Bangladesh and pull off a world record winning score.
Despite winning the toss, the Green Shirts needed to post a big score and bowl Bangladesh out for few runs – but only managed 315-9 in their innings, meaning they needed to restrict Bangladesh to less than seven runs to overtake New Zealand.
Bangladesh surpassed this in the first two overs.
Which teams have qualified for the Cricket World Cup semi-finals?
Australia’s victory over England saw them become the first team to make the semi-finals.
India made it to the semi-final with victory over Bangladesh and will now battle Australia for top spot.
England’s spot in the last four looked in serious danger, but after commanding wins over India and New Zealand Eoin Morgan’s team have made sure their tournament will continue.
The Black Caps effectively assured their semi-final place, even despite the defeat to England.
They had to wait as Pakistan were left with an almost impossible task due to the significant run rate difference.
After end their innings on 315-9, the Green Shirts needed to restrict Bangladesh to less than seven runs.
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Cricket World Cup semi-final fixtures
Tuesday, July 9: Australia/India vs New Zealand – Old Trafford
Thursday, July 11: Australia/India vs England – Edgbaston