Day 23 of the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup started with another upset win. South Africa succumbed to an impressive Pakistani bowling attack. Waqar Younis’ men now, have a quarterfinal spot in their reach after their third win in Pool B. As for South Africa the usual questions about their ability to manage a chase become louder every moment. Sports Rediscovered brings you the updated ICC World Cup Points Table as on March 7th.
ICC World Cup Points Table: Pool B
The Indian cricket team secured a quarterfinal berth following their hard fought win over West Indies. Skipper MS Dhoni proved once again, that he is India’s best finisher when it comes to limited overs cricket.
The headline of this week’s results will certainly be Pakistan’s 30 run victory over South Africa at Auckland. The win raises Pakistan’s hopes of securing a quarterfinal berth. Apart from that, it also sees the Asian giant leapfrog the West Indies and move into third place. With fixtures against Ireland and the UAE still to come, Misbah-Ul-Haq and his men will certainly have their sights set on second place, behind arch rivals India.
The battle for fourth place will be a bitter battle between Ireland and West Indies. Although the favorites will be West Indies, William Porterfield and his men will be a serious threat as the group stages come to a close.
The Table has been updated until the Zimbabwe vs Ireland match on March 7.
ICC World Cup Points Table: Pool A
Co-hosts New Zealnd’s sublime performance ensured that they became the first side to secure qualification to the quarterfinal stage. Sri Lanka, the champions in 1996 too will be expected to follow suit following their massive win over England.
Despite a painful loss to rivals New Zealand, Australia will be hoping that the likes of Mitchell Starc and Mitchell Johnson will put up a solid performance in their quest for second place. They will face Sri Lanka in a mouth watering encounter on Sunday at the SCG, Sydney.
England’s one win in their opening four matches sees them scrapping for a spot in the quarterfinals. Bangladesh will be expected to have an even chance of success against the of color Brits.
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(The table is read as Team, Played, Won, Lost, Tied, No Result, Net Run Rate and Points)