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England vs USA: West Indies’ Victory Raises Stakes Ahead of South Africa Showdown

2974628 England WestindiesEngland Semi Final Equation: After losing the first Super-8 match to England, host West Indies made a great comeback and defeated USA by 9 wickets in their second match. Shai Hope (82 runs*) and Andre Russell (3 wickets) were the heroes of the Windies team’s victory. With the victory over USA, the Windies team in Group-2 has overtaken England and reached the second position. This has increased England’s tension, because both these teams have played 2-2 matches and have 2-2 points. At the same time, South Africa has won two consecutive matches and is on top with 4 points. In such a situation, England will have to work hard to make it to the semi-finals. Let’s know the equation.

West Indies won the match

Bowling first in this 46th match of the tournament, the Windies bowlers bowled out USA for 128 runs with 1 ball to spare. After this, the host team won the match by 9 wickets due to the fiery innings of Shai Hope (39 balls – 82 runs*) and Nicholas Pooran (12 balls – 27 runs*). Andre Russell and Roston Chase took the maximum three wickets each for the Windies. At the same time, only Andreas Gaus (29) and NR Kumar (20 runs) of USA were seen facing the bowlers for some time. The rest of the batsmen flopped. USA’s bowling was also not very special.

West Indies need a win

With the win over USA, West Indies has 2 points from 2 matches. The team is in second place in its group. West Indies’ last Super-8 match is against South Africa. This match is a kind of quarter-final. That is because the winner of this match will almost clear the picture of the two teams of the group reaching the semi-finals. If West Indies wins, it will have 4 points and it will be certain that it will go to the semi-finals with the best run rate. On the other hand, if South Africa wins, the Windies team will be on the verge of being eliminated because it will be left with only two points. South Africa will enter the semi-finals with 6 points.

Do or die match for England 

If England has to go to the semi-finals, then it will have to win its last Super-8 match against the USA at any cost and also improve its run rate. If England wins, then it will have four points. On the other hand, if West Indies defeats South Africa, then it will get 4 points and make it to the semi-finals with the best run rate. After this, the team with the better run rate between England and South Africa will reach the semi-finals. On the other hand, if South Africa defeats West Indies, then the path will become easier for England because it will only have to win against USA.