There is nothing more spectacular in cricket than a good contest between two teams which share a long history. India and Pakistan have always fired up the fans and generated millions of rupees in revenues.
Although Pakistan has failed to beat India in a World Cup history – losing all 7 matches – there still exists a possibility where the Men in Green can again come up against India in the semifinals should they qualify.
ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Schedule
According to the schedule, here is how the semifinal matches will be managed:
- 1st semifinal — 1st team vs. 4th team
- 2nd semifinal — 2nd team vs. 3rd team
The first semifinal will be played on July 9th at Old Trafford whereas the second semifinal is scheduled for 11th July at Edgbaston.
The final will take place between winners of each semifinal on July 14th at Lord’s.
Pakistan-Indian Semifinal Possibility
Thus far, Australia are the only team to have qualified for the semifinals whereas India, New Zealand, England and Pakistan can all still mathematically qualify. However, some teams are in a better position to qualify whereas the rest of them are relying on other teams to drop points.
As of now, here’s how each team currently ranks on the points table:
India Must Finish Top
India have two remaining matches – against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. For India to ensure the pole position, they have to win their remaining two matches.
- India vs. Bangladesh — India must win
- India vs. Sri Lanka — India must win
- Australia vs. South Africa — Proteas register a victory
Currently, on 11 points, India can then mathematically finish at 1st position with 15 points.
Pakistan Relying on England
Pakistan must win their last match against Bangladesh to stand any chance to qualify as the 4th team. However, for that to happen, England should lose their remaining fixture against New Zealand.
- Expect New Zealand to beat England and then beat Bangladesh
- Expect England to beat New Zealand by a big margin and then beat Bangladesh by a big margin
With India finishing 1st on points table and Pakistan finishing 4th, the 1st semifinal will then be between India and Pakistan!