The league matches of 2018 World Cup Qualifiers have seen few major upsets. Tournament favourites Afghanistan suffered three straight losses and on the threshold of being knocked out. West Indies produced few brilliant displays with the bat and ball to enter Super Six. With just four matches to go in the league stage, Cricwizz analyses which team is out and still in contention for Super Six.
West Indies are the only team confirmed for Super Six at the moment from Group A. They have won all the three league games so far. They will face Netherlands in the last league clash.
Confirmed teams for Super Six:
Zimbabwe and Scotland: They are the unbeaten teams in this group. They have won all the three matches in their group. They will now clash in their last league match on Monday to decide who will top the group.
Three teams are in contention for the last two spots for Super Six from Group A. Ireland and UAE are tied at 4 points each from three matches. Ireland will play UAE in their last league clash on Monday and the winner will directly qualify for Super Six. Netherlands have two points from three matches. If Netherlands win their last league clash against West Indies, then they will be tied up with either Ireland or UAE with four points. Then, net run-rate will decide the third team for the Super Six from Group B. If Netherlands lose against WI, then both Ireland and UAE will qualify for Super Six irrespective of the result of their clash against each other.
Afghanistan and Hong Kong are in contention for the third slot from Group B. Afghanistan have two points from four matches and Hong Kong also have two points but from three matches. Hong Kong will play their last league clash against Nepal. Afghanistan’s hope lies on Hong Kong losing their last league clash against Nepal by a big margin. Hong Kong need an outright win against Nepal to qualify for Super Six as their net run-rate is lower than Afghanistan.
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Possible teams for Super Six:
Group A: West Indies, Ireland, UAE
Group B: Zimbabwe, Scotland, Hong Kong