Bangladesh’s Struggles: The ODI World Cup 2023 has not been kind to Bangladesh. They started with a win against Afghanistan but then faced a string of five losses to England, New Zealand, India, South Africa, and the Netherlands. As a result, they seem nearly knocked out of the tournament, unless something extraordinary happens.
Remaining Schedule Matches for Bangladesh Team
To assess their chances, let’s take a look at Bangladesh’s remaining fixtures:
- vs Pakistan in Kolkata on 31st October
- vs Sri Lanka in Delhi on 6th November
- vs Australia in Pune on 11th November
Current ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 Points Table
The current points table for the ODI World Cup 2023 is as follows:
Points table updated till NED vs BAN (Match-28).
Is There Still Hope for Bangladesh?
For Bangladesh to make a dramatic comeback and qualify for the semi-finals, they need to win all their remaining matches, which would take them to a total of four wins.
Now, let’s explore the scenarios for the other teams:
1. New Zealand and Australia: Both these teams should lose all their remaining games to finish with just four wins, like Bangladesh.
2. Sri Lanka: Bangladesh hopes for Sri Lanka to lose three out of their next four matches, including matches against Afghanistan, India, and Bangladesh, leaving them with three wins.
3. Pakistan: Bangladesh needs Pakistan to lose two of their remaining games, ideally against Bangladesh and England. This would also put Pakistan at three wins.
4. Afghanistan: Afghanistan should lose three of their upcoming matches, defeating only Sri Lanka, and losing to teams like the Netherlands, Australia, and South Africa.
5. England: For Bangladesh’s chances to brighten, England needs to lose two games, preferably against India and the Netherlands. They should win against Australia and Pakistan, leaving them with just three wins.
6. The Netherlands: To complete this scenario, the Netherlands should lose their final match against India by a significant margin, affecting their net run rate (NRR). They would finish with four wins.
Semi-final Hopes Based on NRR
If all these events transpire, then the semi-final spots would be determined based on Net Run Rate (NRR). Bangladesh would need to ensure that their NRR is better than the Netherlands and one of Australia or New Zealand to secure a place in the semi-finals.
This is a complex scenario and relies on multiple teams losing their upcoming matches. While it’s not impossible, it’s certainly a long shot for Bangladesh to make it to the semi-finals. Nevertheless, in cricket, anything can happen, and fans will be hoping for a miraculous turnaround in Bangladesh’s favor.