England vs Sri Lanka Decide the 2nd finalist for semi-fina from group 1. England’s crucial win against New Zealand on Tuesday kept their semi-final qualification hopes alive, paving the way for a fascinating final round of matches in which net run rate might be important. With one match remaining, three teams (New Zealand, England, and Australia) are now tied on five points, separated only on Net RR.
No team has been confirmed to have advanced to the semi-finals. We examine the current state of affairs. New Zealand led the group with a net run rate of +2.233, thanks to an 89-run thumping of Australia in their opening game.
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That Net RR is almost as good as a point for New Zealand, suggesting that the Black Caps have a huge advantage in the qualifying race. To deny Australia and England a top-two spot, the Kiwis would need to lose by a large margin to Ireland in their penultimate encounter. Because England will play the next day, they will know exactly what they must accomplish to qualify when they face Sri Lanka on Saturday.
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If Australia falls short of catching England (+0.547) and New Zealand (+2.233) in terms of run rate, both sides will know that a win in their last matches by any margin will send them to the semi-finals. Ireland is still theoretically in with a shot, but it is a slim one, with a large margin of victory and two other outcomes going their way to place in the top two. Andrew Balbirnie’s team’s major objective will be to finish in the top four and qualify for the next ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.