The ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 kicked off on Thursday (October 5) at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium with New Zealand defeating defending champions England by nine wickets.
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The Black Caps, who finished second in each of the last two editions and are hoping for their first title this year, were therefore the first team to open their account on the World Cup points table.
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Hosts India also got off to a winning start to their campaign in their opening game against Australia in Chennai, beating the five-time world champions by six wickets at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.
In the latest match which took place on Thursday, November 10, South Africa defeated Afghanistan by five wickets with 15 deliveries to spare after being set 245 to win. The win ensures the Proteas remain in second place with seven wins from nine matches, although Australia could overtake them on Net Run Rate after leveling with them on 14 points if they beat Bangladesh by a convincing margin Saturday.
Afghanistan, meanwhile, have signed off with eight points from nine outings in their extraordinary World Cup campaign so far.
Pakistan remain mathematically alive in the race to the semi-finals, they would have to register a victory by an extraordinary margin in their final series match against England in the second match of the semi-final on Saturday.
India became the first team to seal their place in the semi-finals after handing a 302-run hammering to Sri Lanka in Mumbai, and would ensure they finish the series at the top of the table by thrashing Africa by 243 runs South in Kolkata.
South Africa and Australia became the second and third teams respectively to confirm their semi-final berths after their wins against New Zealand and Afghanistan respectively.
Here’s a detailed look at the ICC World Cup 2023 points table (updated on November 10 at 11.10 pm):
|2||South Africa (Q)
|9||Sri Lanka||9||2||7||0||0||-1. 419||4|
This year’s World Cup will be held entirely in India unlike the previous editions that took place on the subcontinent, where the cricket-mad nation was co-hosted with Pakistan, Sri Lanka or Bangladesh. It is scheduled to run for more than a month, and the final will also be held at the Narendra Modi Stadium on November 19.
India, who were recently crowned Asian Champions after a comprehensive victory over Sri Lanka in the final, are favorites going into the tournament.
The Men in Blue, led by a third different captain in as many editions, have not won an ICC title since the 2013 Champions Trophy and their last World Cup triumph in 2011, also at home. They will, however, be backed to end the drought factoring in their recent form as well as home advantage.
What should further encourage the Indian team is that all the last three World Cups have been won by host nations – Australia in 2015 and England in 2019, apart from India in 2011.
The 13th edition of the event is also the first since the first edition in 1975 not to feature the West Indies, who finished fifth in the Super Sixes stage of the Qualifier in Zimbabwe earlier this year. Sri Lanka and the Netherlands finished in the top two points at the end of that stage and sealed their place in the 10-team World Cup.
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