Most of us are now aware that India will be playing Bangladesh in the quarter-finals of the ICC Cricket World cup 2015. Earlier on Thursday, Bangladesh lost to New Zealand which did not allow them to hold on to their newly-occupied 3rd position. They hence slipped to the 4th place and are set to play pool B leaders India as expected.
Match: 2nd quarter-final, ICC Cricket World Cup 2015
Teams playing: India (B1) vs Bangladesh (A4)
Day, Date and Time: Thursday, 19th March 2015; 9:00 AM IST
Venue: Melbourne cricket ground, Melbourne, Australia
The question now stands, who will India play at the ICC World Cup semi-finals if they manage to beat Bangladesh in the quarters? We at Sports Rediscovered have decoded the entire world cup knockout format and have managed to list out the most likely combinations at the ICC world cup semi-finals.
ICC Cricket World Cup Semi-finals scenario: India to play Pakistan or Australia
According to a tweet by noted commentator and expert Harsha Bhogle, the winner of quarter-final 1 will play the winner of quarter-final 4 and the winner of quarter-final 2 will play the winner of quarter-final 3 at the ICC cricket world cup semi-finals. Here’s his tweet:
Most likely: Winner of Ind vs BD plays winner of Oz vs Pak; winner of NZ vs WI plays winner of SA vs SL. #CWC15
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 13, 2015
Going by the tweet, there is a high possibility of India playing either Australia or Pakistan at the ICC Cricket world cup semi-finals. But before that, the quarter-final match will also be an interesting one looking at Bangladesh’s current form. They have beaten England and almost beat New Zealand, which is one of the best teams of this world cup.
The Indian think-tank will not commit the mistake of taking their opposition lightly and will plan accordingly to bring out the best in the men in blue. They have been unstoppable in the tournament so far and have managed to bowl their opponents out in every match.