India, South Africa and Australia have already qualified for the semifinal of ICC World Cup 2023.
Here are semifinal qualification scenarios and chances of Afghanistan:
If New Zealand lose their match vs Sri Lanka or the game is washed out
The Afghan fans would be hoping that New Zealand should lose their game against Sri Lanka; this will keep Afghanistan and the Kiwis at eight points, with Hashmatullah Shahidi’s side having one match in hand.
If New Zealand win
If New Zealand register a win over Sri Lanka, then, Afghans have to win the match against South Africa by big margin.
If New Zealand and Pakistan lose
With three teams being at eight points on the World Cup 2023 points table, Afghanistan can finish 4th on the leaderboard if New Zealand and Pakistan lose their final league fixtures and Shahidi’s side wins their last fixture.
Here’s how Pakistan can qualify for the semifinals:
Pakistan once again surged in the latter stages of the world cup.
The Pakistani team will be also hoping that Sri Lanka emerge victorious against New Zealand today and South Africa beat Afghanistan on friday. If that happens and Pakistan win their last league fixture against England then, they will make to the semis by just winning the match.
If New Zealand, Pakistan and Afghanistan win or their respective fixtures:
Then, the 4th semifinalist will be decided on the basis of net run rate.
If New Zealand win and Afghanistan lose their last fixture:
If New Zealand win today’s match and Afghanistan lose their match against South Africa, then, before going into the match against England, Pakistan would have to bat first and win the game by big margin to overtake New Zealand on the points table by superior Net Run Rate.