Can Australia, New Zealand or Bangladesh qualify for Champions Trophy semi-finals?

England became the first team in the 2017 Champions Trophy to make it to the semi-finals of the tournament after registering a facile win over New Zealand on June 6. The question now is who will be the other team in their group to join them in the semi-finals.

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Pre-tournament favourites to win the title, England looked to have lived up to their top billing already with their entry into the semi-finals following an 87-run defeat of New Zealand in their second game of the competition.

Batting first, England compiled a score of 310 when they were expected to probably score in the region of 350 instead of their final total but that proved to be enough. Liam Plunkett followed up his four-wicket haul in the previous game with another four-for while the likes of Mark Wood and Jake Ball did their bit with the ball to stall the Kiwis.

What this means is just that one Australia, New Zealand and Bangladesh can join England as the second side in the semi-finals this year.

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Australia have two points from two games after their first couple of matches were rained off and they had to settle for the two washed-out games. New Zealand have one from two, as do Bangladesh.

New Zealand and Bangladesh clash in their final games, while Australia take on England in their third encounter. Here’re the various possibilities that could transpire:

  • If Australia beat England & New Zealand beat Bangladesh – Australia qualify for the semi-finals
  • If Australia beat England & Bangladesh beat New Zealand – Australia qualify for the semi-finals
  • If England beat Australia & New Zealand beat Bangladesh – New Zealand qualify for the semi-finals
  • If England beat Australia & Bangladesh beat New Zealand – Bangladesh qualify for the semi-finals
  • If Australia v England gets rained off & New Zealand beat Bangladesh – New Zealand qualify for the semi-finals
  • If Australia v England gets rained off & Bangladesh beat New Zealand – Bangladesh qualify for the semi-finals
  • If Australia beat England & Bangladesh v New Zealand gets rained off – Australia qualify for the semi-finals
  • If England beat Australia & Bangladesh v New Zealand gets rained off – One of Australia or New Zealand will qualify depending on which team has a better Net Run-Rate.

Interesting times ahead of Group A in the Champions Trophy.