The semi-finalists of the ICC World Cup 2019 have already been identified. But which two teams will take the top slots is yet to be confirmed. As it stands the third and fourth slots have been respectively taken by England and New Zealand. But with Australia and India at 14 and 13 points respectively and one match still left, the top slot is at stake.
While India will face a shaky Sri Lanka in their last outing, Australia will lock horns with a depleted South African side. The Virat Kohli-led side is in the middle of an outstanding run, with just one defeat in eight games. Thus they would not want to lose their momentum and proceed to the semi-finals with a defeat on their back.
For Australia also the scenario remains quite similar. Having lost only one out of eight games, and that too in the earlier phase of the tournament, Aaron Finch & Co. would look to continue with their winning. Especially with the Proteas as the opponents an Australia victory looks highly probable. But given the stature of South Africa, they might just require one match to revive their fate and get their cricket back on track.
ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Point Table:
If Australia wins against South Africa they will finish the league stage as the number one team and face New Zealand (Number one team faces number four and number two faces number three) in semi-finals. However, if they fail to beat the Faf du Plessis-led side and India win against Sri Lanka, the Virat Kohli-led side will gain the top slot. Given the stature of all the four teams, who faces whom should not create a big hullabaloo. But with New Zealand looking out of momentum and failing to win their last three matches, they are being seen the easy opponent in the semis.
Leading Run Scorer ICC Cricket World Cup 2019:
Shakib Al Hasan has been a standout performer in this year’s mega event like no other cricketer. Scoring five half-centuries and reaching triple figure mark on two instances, he competed with the likes of Rohit Sharma, David Warner and Aaron Finch for the top slot of run-getters list. With Bangladesh’s campaign coming to an end he might not be the top run scorer of ICC World Cup 2019 when the event ends, but he surely has earned the praises and is a strong contender for the player of the tournament title.
Leading Wicket Taker ICC Cricket World Cup 2019:
Mitchell Starc has been the best bowler of the tournament by quite a margin and his numbers are there to support his cause. While he had a strong fight going on with Mohammad Amir and Jofra Archer since the beginning, but as the concluding stages appeared the Australian pacer overtook his opponents with substantial margins. He is expected to finish the World Cup as the highest wicket-taker.
The points table look consolidated and the four semi-finalists are already known. But with the result of India and Australia matches the top two slots might be seeing some changes.
Stay tuned to india.com for further more updates on the point tables.