The win for Australia against England has thrown the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 wide open, and three teams now have a genuine shot at qualifying for the semifinals.
The Lankan lions currently sit sixth in the table, but have played just six matches so far. That leaves them with another three games to play in the round robin stage.
For Sri Lanka, the three matches that remain could decide their fate. They take on South Africa on 28th June 2019, before playing West Indies on 1st July 2019. They end their round robin matches against India on 6th July 2019.
Australia’s win over England is a good result for Bangladesh, Sri Lanka & Pakistan.
England’s remaining matches:
India & New Zealand
Bangladesh yet to play:
India & Pakistan
Sri Lanka have to play:
S Africa, WI & India
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) June 25, 2019
What they need to do
If Sri Lanka manage to beat South Africa, West Indies and India, they would end up with a total tally of 12 points, and could realistically progress through to the semis.
What Sri Lanka will hope from other matches
England – Sri Lanka would need England to lose at least one of their two matches in the event that the Lankans win all three of theirs since the hosts have more wins than their Asian counterparts if points were to be tied.
In case Lanka lose one and win two then England would need to lose to both India and New Zealand.
Pakistan – To lose at least one match if Sri Lanka also lose one of theirs.
Bangladesh – To lose at least one match if Sri Lanka also lose one of theirs.
If Sri Lanka lose two matches or more, they will be eliminated.