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Women's World Cup Semifinal Race - How can India and other teams qualify?

With the knock-out stage approaching, we take a look into what the semi-final qualifications situation looks like for all the teams competing in the World Cup.

Womens World Cup Semifinal Race - How can India and other teams qualify?

Soumya Bontra

Updated: 22 March 2022 9:42 AM GMT

The 2022 ICC Women's World Cup has so far been a very competitive tournament and a roller-coaster ride for all eight teams.

Tournament favorites Australia, who never left the top spot on the table, are the first team to qualify for the semifinals. India, with three wins and three losses, is in the third position, with one match to go.

All the teams have played five-six matches in the round-robin stage so far. Each team at least needs eight points or more to qualify for the semi-finals.

All the eight-team captains with the 2022 World Cup trophy (Source: ICC)

With the knock-out stage approaching soon, let's take a look at what the semi-final qualifications situation looks like for the teams.

Australia and South Africa

Current table-toppers Australia with 12 points has qualified for the semifinals and South Africa, who is second on the table is now just a win away from qualifying for the semifinals. South Africa has won all their matches, except the one against Australia. earning a total of eight points so far.

India and West Indies

Both India and West Indies are in close contention of qualifying for the semifinals, with six points each. India is currently placed third as their NRR is +0.092, higher than that of West Indies who are below India with an NRR of -0.885.

However, winning their next match will earn the teams a better chance of qualifying for the semi-final. Both India and West Indies will be facing South Africa for their last round-robin match of the tournament.

Both the teams now have to win their respective match against South Africa, to assure a semifinal spot in the World Cup.

New Zealand and England

With just one match left and losing four out of six matches and a lower NRR, hosts New Zealand are almost out of the semifinals race. Their match against England was a crucial match for both the teams, which England won to stay alive in the competition.

Defending champions England who was almost out of the tournament, made a brilliant comeback against India and New Zealand to stay in the semifinals race. They are now in the contest with India and West Indies for a semifinal spot.

Bangladesh and Pakistan

Debutants Bangladesh made history when they won their first-ever World Cup match and earned two points and placed seventh on the table. After their loss to India, Bangladesh are now out of the semifinal race and the tournament. They still have two matches against Australia and England remaining in this tournament.

Pakistan won their first match of the tournament against the West Indies but with just 2 points like Bangladesh, they would still not be able to make it to the semi-finals. Even if they win their next two matches, they'll only earn six points and as mentioned earlier, every team requires a minimum of eight points to qualify.

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