World Cup points table: Does defeat to Afghanistan jeopardize England’s semi-final chances?

With two points in three matches, Afghanistan is now sixth in the points table.© AFP

Afghanistan pulled off one of the biggest World Cup shocks on Sunday when they defeated holders England by 69 runs at the Arun Jaitley Stadium Delhi. Chasing 285 to win, after Rahmanullah Gurbaz hit a blistering 80, England were bowled out for 215, despite Harry Brook scored 66. Spinners Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Rashid Khan claimed three wickets each. The win allowed Afghanistan to move off the foot of the points table.

With two points from three games, Afghanistan are now sixth in the points table, only behind England, in 5th place.

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With three wins in as many matches, India sit at the top with an impressive Net Run Rate (NRR) of +1.821. New Zealand also have six points from three matches, but they are second due to an inferior NRR of +1,604.

South Africa are third with four points from two games, but they have the best NRR in the competition so far (+2,360). Pakistan lost their first match of the competition to India on Saturday and they are fourth with four points from three matches.

Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Netherlands and Australia are the other four teams in the bottom half.

The stunning upset gave Afghanistan just their second World Cup win to add to a solitary win over Scotland at the 2015 tournament.

They came into Sunday’s clash having lost their opening two matches in India and on a 14-match World Cup losing streak.

England will now face a South African side on song on Saturday 21 October.

(With AFP inputs)

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