India ended their unbeaten run at the World Cup with a 31-run loss against England at Edgbaston on Sunday. With this win, England keep their semi-final hopes alive, which had taken a hit after they lost two back-to-back matches against Sri Lanka and Australia.
England have now regained their fourth position on the points table with 10 points from 5 wins out of the 8 matches they have played. They are yet to play New Zealand in their last match of the group stage and a win would take them to twelve points and assure them of a spot in the semis.
Meanwhile, apart from ending their winning streak, the loss has in no way dented India’s chances for a semi-final berth. India continue to secure the second spot on the points table despite the loss. With two matches still to go for them, India need one win to book a semi-final spot.
Tough Road Ahead For Pakistan & Bangladesh
Both Pakistan and Bangladesh have received the biggest setback with England’s win against India. Now, both sides not only need to win their remaining group matches for a place in the semis but must ensure that England don’t win their last group match against New Zealand. A win for England would certainly end the campaign for both the Asian sides.
After Sunday’s match, Pakistan have dropped to fifth spot on the points table. They are on 9 points after playing 8 matches whereas Bangladesh are on 7 points after playing 7 matches.
Pakistan and Bangladesh will each other in their last group encounter after Bangladesh play India on Tuesday, 2 July. If England lose against New Zealand on Wednesday (3 July) and Bangladesh manage an upset against India then the Pakistan vs Bangladesh match will be a potential quarter-final encounter.