ICC World Twenty20 September 19, 2007

The race for the semi-finals

Cricinfo staff
The ICC World Twenty20 is approaching its business end with the race for the semi-final berths heating up
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The ICC World Twenty20 is approaching its business end and the race for the semi-final berths is heating up. Cricinfo looks at how the teams are placed and what they have to do to make the final four.

Group E

After India's thumping win over England at Kingsmead, they picked up their first points of the Super Eights, but the size of their victory has given them a massive boost in the qualification stakes.

New Zealand are done and dusted, while South Africa play India at Kingsmead on Thursday. England were eliminated before their latest defeat. Barring a catastrophic loss, South Africa are already through, but even if they lose narrowly to India, it may not be enough to give the Kiwis a lifeline. Only an Indian defeat will guarantee New Zealand's survival.

Group E
Team Mat Won Lost Tied N/R Pts Net RR For Against
South Africa 2 2 0 0 0 4 +0.766 312/39.1 288/40.0
New Zealand 3 2 1 0 0 4 +0.050 507/60.0 497/59.1
India 2 1 1 0 0 2 +0.200 398/40.0 390/40.0
England 2 0 3 0 0 0 -0.700 494/60.0 536/60.0

Group F

The permutations for this group are far more straightforward. Bangladesh have been knocked out of the competition after losing to Sri Lanka while Pakistan have cemented a semi-final berth by winning against Sri Lanka and Australia with a game in hand against Bangladesh. Australia and Sri Lanka are level on two points each and their match on Thursday will be a virtual quarter-final.

Group F
Team Mat Won Lost Tied N/R Pts Net RR For Against
Pakistan 2 2 0 0 0 4 +1.038 354/39.1 320/40.0
Australia 2 1 1 0 0 2 +1.159 288/33.5 288/39.1
Sri Lanka 2 1 1 0 0 2 +0.775 303/40.0 272/40.0
Bangladesh 2 0 2 0 0 0 -2.860 206/40.0 271/33.5