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Australia, India chase top league spot in World Cup

Kriralok Desk:

The top team of group stage will face the team in the fourth position in the semis of the world cup. The second team will face the host, who are in the third position in the point table. So to avoid facing the hosts, Australia and India will be aiming to finish top of the World Cup league phase as they prepare for the final day of round-robin matches.

Defending champions Australia, two-time winners India and host England have already booked their place in the final four ahead of Saturday’s games. New Zealand are almost certain to take the fourth spot, barring a freakishly
big win for Pakistan in their final group game against Bangladesh on Friday.

group leaders Australia have 14 points after seven wins and one defeat. India have six wins plus one no result and a defeat. England have 12 points after six victories and three defeats, one point ahead of New Zealand.

In order to leapfrog the aussies, Virat Kohli’s India need to beat Sri Lanka
at Headingley but also need help from South Africa, who face Aaron Finch’s
side later on the same day at Old Trafford.

England are guaranteed to finish third and will meet the side that finishes
second at Edgbaston on July 11. The first semi-final is on July 9 at Old
Trafford and pitches first against fourth. New zealand are likely to book the fourth position and the table topper will face the kiwis.

England captain Eoin Morgan has voiced his liking for Edgbaston as a venue after his side, eyeing their maiden World Cup triumph.

The host nation, who started the tournament as favorites, lost their way
with consecutive defeats against Sri Lanka and Australia but hit back
strongly to beat India and New Zealand, rediscovering the zest that made them the world’s most-feared one-day international side.