Well, how quickly things can turn around. A couple of days ago West Indies were all but through to the final and odds on favourites to win the competition, they now find themselves depending on ‘other results’ to get themselves through.
A Sri Lanka win today puts India out. A defeat for Sri Lanka should still see them qualify unless they get absolutely smashed, such is their superior run rate.
An Indian victory with a bonus point puts them through, and unless it is an absolute smashing, would probably see Sri Lanka join them in the final (as mentioned above), as the Sri Lankans are currently equal on points with West Indies, but above the hosts with a better run rate.
An Indian victory without a bonus point sees all three teams on 9 points, and would see Sri Lanka through, as the margin of defeat for Sri Lanka wouldn’t effect their run rate enough to eliminate them.
An Indian win in a close game should see India qualify also, as they will probably only need to win with a few balls to spare to pass West Indies’ run rate, and knock the hosts out.
Got all that? I think I have.
Today the bookmakers have India as 4/7 favourites, and Sri Lanka at 11/8.
There is rain in the area yet again, but like with the last game, there is a reserve day tomorrow.
Oh yes, and one more thing. A complete wash out sees India eliminated. We need to know all these fine details when placing bets.