Some possible scenarios for cricket World Cup semi-final qualifications
Reigning champions Australia are already guaranteed a place in the cricket World Cup semi-finals while Sri Lanka, South Africa, West Indies and Afghanistan cannot make it out of the 10-team round-robin phase. That leaves India, New Zealand, England, Pakistan and Bangladesh all still vying for a place alongside Australia in the last four.
Teams receive two points for a win and one point for a tie or no-result washout. If two sides are level on points at the end of the group stage, the one that has won more games goes through. If they remain level, the side with the superior net run-rate advances. In the unlikely event they still cannot be separated, then the result of their match against each other will be a tiebreaker.
A brief look at what needs to happen for each of those sides if they are to qualify for the knockout phase
India, second, 11 points
Remaining pool matches: July 2: v Bangladesh; July 6: v Sri Lanka
India need to win one of their two remaining group games to be certain of reaching a third successive World Cup semi-final. Even if Virat Kohli’s side lose both of their matches, they should still advance on net run-rate.
New Zealand, third, 11 points
Remaining pool match: July 3: v England
Victory over the tournament hosts would send the 2015 losing finalists into the last four again. Even if they are joined by either Pakistan or Bangladesh on 11 points, New Zealand’s likely superior net run-rate should still see them through.
England, fourth, 10 points
Remaining pool match: July 3: v New Zealand
A win over New Zealand would see the tournament hosts into the knockout phase. But if they lose, England would be dependent on other results.
If Pakistan fail to beat Bangladesh and Bangladesh fail to win both of their remaining matches—against India and Pakistan—the host nation would qualify.
Pakistan, fifth, 9 points
Remaining pool match: July 5: v Bangladesh
Pakistan need to beat Bangladesh and hope England have already lost to New Zealand if they are to qualify for the semi-finals
Bangladesh, seventh, 7 points
Remaining pool matches: July 2: v India; July 5: v Pakistan
Bangladesh need to win both of their remaining matches and hope New Zealand beat England if they are to go through.