In a previous blog, I stated that a loss to WI would not matter if India beat SL, by a sufficient margin. To make things easier, Australia have thrashed SL by 81 runs. That should put India ahead of SL on net run rate, right? Wrong! Despite their mammoth loss to the Aussies, SL are ahead of both WI and India on net run rate. Let’s take a quick look at the Group F Stats.
India have scored 290 runs and conceded 353, in their 2 matches. SL have scored 282, and conceded 306, in their matches against Australia and WI. Can India console themselves, for at least being ahead of WI, on net run rate. No, they can’t! Here’s why: WI have scored 307 and conceded 350, in their 2 matches played.
Do the arithmetic and you will find, as I have, that in run terms, India are minus-63, as opposed to minus-43 for WI, and minus-24 for SL. In other words, the net run rate thermometer reveals a very sick team that needs to forget its ill-health and climb a mountain, to qualify. Besides praying that WI don’t beat Australia!
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