Women’s World Cup: If India beat South Africa, they qualify for the semi -finals.© AFP
The 2022 Women’s World Cup is nearing the end of its business with the league stage coming to an end. Despite only two matches remaining, only two teams are guaranteed a place in the semi -finals so far – table leaders Australia and South Africa. The last two places in the top four are still up for grabs with India very much a chance to take one of them. However, it will be easier said than done as India will be up against second -placed South Africa in the final before the semi -finals. England clash against Bangladesh in the first match of Super Sunday.
Here’s how India can still qualify for the semi -finals of the 2022 ICC Women’s World Cup:
The simplest equation for India is to beat South Africa in their last match. A win would take India to eight points and put them above the current third -placed West Indies with seven points. Although, a win does not guarantee India third place. If England also win their last match against Bangladesh, then it will depend on the net run rates of both teams to see who finishes third and fourth in the Women’s World Cup points table.
Both winning teams will ensure they get a place in the semi-finals with the West Indies missing out. Currently, England have a slightly better net run rate than India but the situation could change depending on their respective winning margins.
Now, comes the hard part.
If India lose, they can still qualify for the semi -finals but then have to look to Bangladesh doing something big for them by beating England. But England’s defeat still does not guarantee India a place in the semi -finals. It will again depend on the margin of defeat for both teams with the net run rate to be played.
Another scenario that could ensure India advance to the semi -finals is if the match ends with a result without any results. If the match is abandoned due to rain, both India and South Africa will get points respectively.
That would bring India’s total to seven points – the same as the West Indies. But India have a much better net run rate than the Caribbean team, which means India will lead the West Indies in the Women’s World Cup points table.
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