Monday, June 8, 2009

World T20 Super 8 Spots - 7 Down, 1 to Go

7 of the 8 spots for the World T20 Super 8s stage have been decided, and this is what Groups E and F look like:

Group E: India, South Africa, West Indies, England

Group F: New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Ireland, X

The 'X' will be filled in by either Pakistan or the Netherlands, depending on the outcome of their match tomorrow.

Pakistan have to win by atleast 25 runs or chase down their target with 3 overs to spare in order to qualify.

If they don't do that or the Dutch beat them, then it will more or less garantee semi final spots for New Zealand and Sri Lanka!

Leaving Group E with intense battles towards the race to the other 2 semi final spots.

This ICC World Twenty20 has surely turned the cricket world upside down, and I think there are even more surprises in store.

For the record, I got both my calls wrong again today and now I stand at 6-2, wrong to right!

Make your pitch on this post...

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12 Pitched:

  1. Mizzy Dee said...

    Damn Q!! You've got your math down to the wire...
    Lets go Pakistan!!

  2. Q said...

    Yo Mizzy Dee, ain't a math major for nothing ;-)

    I hope Pakistan can finally put up some sort of performance.

  3. raj said...

    Pls predict that WI will not win the cup :-)

  4. Anonymous said...

    Just dont say that India will win the trophy.

  5. Q said...

    Haha.. Raj, I'll tell u a secret..

    If you go down to the post "will Lanka end Aussie campaign? will Bang qualify?" and read my last line..

    I made the calls there and I intentionally put in "Australia over Sri Lanka", cos I thought that if I did that, Aus will actually lose.

    And it worked! Ha!

    I'm not taking that rish with Pakistan though. And if they don't qualify, I will make the Windies call.

    That they r not winning ofcourse ;-)

  6. Q said...

    *rish = risk

  7. Q said...

    Sam, I won't :-)

  8. Anonymous said...

    what happens if it rains?

  9. Gaurav Sethi said...

    Anon, that would be a dampener for Pak

  10. Q said...


    NC is right.. if it rains, we are out. And I hear that its raining in London as we speak.

  11. Nimesh said...

    On what basis are these spots decided? Currently India, SA, WI and England are at the top of their respective groups, but if india lose to ireland, india will no longer be the top of their group. So on what basis are these spots decided.

  12. Q said...

    Hi Nimesh,

    Welcome to Well Pitched.

    The Super 8 Pools have been decided on seedings given to the team. It does not matter who tops the group in round 1 the qualifying teams go into the Super 8 groups based on their seedings.

    These seedings are based on the team performances from the previous 20-20 world cup 2007.

    The teams were seeded as:

    A1: India, A2: Bangladesh
    B1: Pakistan, B2: England
    C1: Australia, C2: Sri Lanka
    D1: New Zealand, D2: South Africa

    Since Bangladesh are out, the team replacing them, Ireland, takes their seed - A2. Even if Ireland beat India they remain A2. and India A1.

    Even though England have finished top of Group B they will qualify as B2 and Pakistan as B1.

    Since West Indies qualify instead of Australia they take the seed C1, even if SL beat them it doesn't make a difference.

    Even though South Africa finished top, they qualify as D2.

    In case ur wondering why New Zealand are seeded higher than SA then its because NZ reached the semis of the last 20-20 WC, SA did not.

    Hence, round 1 is just for qualifying purposes. No points are carried forward and it doesn't matter who tops the pool.

    Then the Super 8 pools are formed as follows:

    Group E: A1, B2, C1, D2
    Group F: A2, B1, C2, D1

    And you know who they are.

    I don't like the format but that is what it is and the ICC have organized it in this manner to ensure that people booking their travels and match tickets know which teams play on which dates.

    It was the same in the 2007 ODI WC and the 2007 20-20 WC.

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