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17 Mar 2011

Which teams from group B will qualify for quarterfinals?

It seems the excitement in group B will last till the final match between India and West Indies. If only England had lost today, West Indies could have easily qualified for the quarter-finals, giving an easy access to India and Bangladesh as well. The pressure has now shifted on Bangladesh and West Indies, who have one match to go in order to be "in" or "out" of the world cup. 

England have narrowly overcome the challenge of the West Indian, thanks to Tradwell (4-48) who gave his best ODI performance at the right moment to ensure victory of 18 runs. Despite the quickfire from Chris Gayle (43 off 21, 8 fours and 1 six) and skipper Darren Sammy (41 off 29, 2 fours and 3 sixes), the consistent fall of wickets hampered West Indian's chase to victory. The late roar from Andre Russel (49 off 46, 2 fours and 3 sixes) was not enough for them to win the match. Graeme Swann once again contributed largely with his economical and productive spell (36/3). Earlier, England faced the trouble by some brilliant bowling display from Andre Russel (49/4) and debutant Devendra Bishoo (34/3). English team could only last till 48.4 overs and managed a score of 243. Only Jonathan Trott (47 off 38, 7 fours) and later Luke Wright (44 off 57, 5 fours) made efforts to uplift their innings. 

England's victory have now rang a "danger" alarm for both West Indies and Bangladesh. The only way England will see themselves out is if both West Indies and Bangladesh win their respective matches. England could hope atleast one of the two lost their match, which will take them straight to the quarter-final. If by any chance, both West Indies and Bangladesh lose their matches, then one of the two will be selected on the merit of better run rate. India's chance is higher now, as they have better run rate than England at this stage. 

Here's the condition for the team to qualify for the quarterfinals.

-Win against South Africa.
-West Indies lost against India. 

West Indies
-Win against India.
-Bangladesh lost against South Africa

-Either of West Indies or Bangladesh lost their match.
-West Indies win against India with huge margin, something around 95.

-Maintain their run rate. 

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