We have almost reached the end of the league stages of the Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022. The top two teams have already qualified for the last four. The Australians have been the dominant team in the tournament, winning all their seven round-robin matches. They sit comfortably on the top of the table with 14 points. The second-placed South Africans are also having a great World Cup. They won four of the six matches they played so far. Their only loss came against Australia and their match against West Indies ended with no result possible due to rain.
But what about the other two teams for the semifinals? There are four teams that can still make it to the semis – West Indies, England, India and New Zealand. For some teams reaching the semis will not solely depend on their performances but on that of the others too. Let us take a look at the scenarios that will enable each team to advance at the next round.
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The West Indies have played all their league matches and are currently on the third place on the table with seven points. For them to reach the semifinals, either England or India will have to lose their last group-stage match, with both sides have six points apiece. The West Indies might have been in a more comfortable position if their match against South Africa was not called off. The West Indies had South Africa in trouble at 61/4 in a rain reduced 26 over match, but the match was abandoned after 10.5 overs.
A win against Bangladesh in their last league match will ensure that England advance to the next round. This will be the first time that the two teams will meet in an ODI. On paper, the match is their for England to win as they are a much stronger team than Bangladesh, who are also playing their first Word Cup. But Bangladesh also have the capability to spring a surprise as they did against a comparatively experienced Pakistan team before challenging the Australians.
India have to win their next match against South Africa to advance to the semis. The teams have faced each other 27 times in the past with India leading South Africa 15-11 head-to-head and one match ending without a result. But going by their performance in this World Cup, one would give South Africa a better chance to make it to the next round. Although India have picked up three wins so far in the tournament, they could not deliver against established teams such as Australia, England and New Zealand.
New Zealand are all but out of the running. The White Ferns currently lie sixth in the table with just four points. For them to have any chance of advancing to the semis, not only they will have to win their last match against Pakistan by a huge margin but also for both England and India losing their last matches of the round-robin stage. That looks like a very slim chance.
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