In the ongoing ICC Men’s World Cup tournament, the Indian cricket team, under the leadership of Rohit Sharma, achieved a resounding victory over the South African team led by Temba Bavuma, winning by a remarkable 243-run margin. This triumph has propelled India to the top of the ICC standings. India has already secured a place in the semi-finals, having maintained an undefeated record in all eight matches played, amassing a total of 16 points. Their net run rate stands at an impressive (+)2.456, making them the first team in the tournament to reach the semi-finals.
ICC World Cup 2023 Points Table
South Africa, the only other team with 12 points, has registered six wins and two losses, positioning them in second place with a net run rate of (+)1.376. To confirm their place in the semi-finals, South Africa must win their upcoming match against Afghanistan on November 10. Alternatively, they will have to rely on the performance of other teams.
Australia holds the third position with 10 points and a net run rate of (+)0.924, having won five out of seven matches played. They are scheduled to face Afghanistan on November 7. New Zealand, led by Tom Latham, currently occupies the fourth spot. They have won four out of eight matches played and lost four, with a net run rate of (+)0.398. Similar to South Africa, New Zealand must secure a victory in their match against Sri Lanka on November 9 and closely monitor the net run rates of other teams. The fifth position is claimed by Pakistan, captained by Babar Azam. Pakistan has participated in eight matches, winning four and losing four, with a net run rate of (+)0.036. Their upcoming match against England on November 11 is crucial, and they must also keep a watchful eye on the net run rates of other teams.
In the sixth position, we find Afghanistan, a team that has been a game-changer in the tournament. Having completed seven matches, they have secured victory in four while facing three losses, accumulating a total of 8 points. Their current net run rate stands at (-)0.330. With two matches remaining, Afghanistan has the potential to reshuffle the points table and present challenges to other prospective teams.
Sri Lanka holds the seventh spot, having earned 4 points from 7 matches. They have faced defeat in 5 of their matches and managed to secure victories in only two. Their net run rate is (-)1.162. Although their chances of advancing to the semi-finals are slim, Sri Lanka could still influence the course of the tournament if the current leaders face setbacks. Netherlands, another team that has shown promise this season, played 7 matches and secured two victories while enduring 5 losses. They have a total of 4 points and a net run rate of (-)1.398. Despite their upcoming match against England on November 8, the chances of the team reaching the semi-finals are almost negligible.
In the 9th position, we find Bangladesh with 2 points from 7 matches. They have suffered defeats in 6 matches and managed to win just one. Their net run rate is (-)1.446. While Bangladesh is already out of the semi-final race, they can still impact the aspirations of other prospective teams by causing upsets. Bangladesh is scheduled to play against Sri Lanka on November 6 and Australia on November 11. The first semi-final will be held at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens on November 15, featuring India against the fourth-place semi-finalist. The second semi-final is scheduled for November 16 at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium, where the second and third-place semi-finalists will face off.