We could see teams qualify over this weekend

Saturday's games could seal semifinal spots
Suzie Bates

This weekend could well see teams starting to qualify for the semifinals of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 as India and Australia look for their fifth straight wins.

India will take on South Africa in Leicester on Saturday and a win will ensure it a place in the last four. A win for India will mean South Africa can’t overtake it on the points table with a maximum of nine points possible for it, even as India would go up to 10.

If India, which had made the semifinals in 1997 and 2000 apart from finishing runner-up to Australia in 2005, is able to beat South Africa, only Australia, England and New Zealand will be able to move ahead of it on the points table.

A win for India against South Africa would also mean that six-time champion Australia will move one step closer to defending its title if it beats England in Bristol on Sunday since it will also reach 10 points.

The other two matches over the weekend too can be decisive, though for elimination rather than qualification.

If New Zealand beats Pakistan in Taunton on Saturday, it would strengthen its position for a place in the semis by moving up to seven points in five matches. However, Pakistan will go out of contention with a fifth straight loss since five teams are already on five points or above in the points standings.

Similarly, the loser of the match between the West Indies and Sri Lanka in Derby on Sunday will go out of contention with a fifth straight loss and the winner will only be hanging by the thread (if the results go their way).

Points Table

TEAM

PLAYED

WON

LOST

NR

POINTS

NRR

Australia

4

4

0

0

8

1.35

India

4

4

0

0

8

0.91

England

4

3

1

0

6

1.50

New Zealand

4

2

1

1

5

1.52

South Africa

4

2

1

1

5

1.16

Sri Lanka

4

0

4

0

0

-1.16

Pakistan

4

0

4

0

0

-2.04

West Indies

4

0

4

0

0

-2.70

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