Australia defeated Bangladesh by 48 runs in their World Cup league match at Trent Bridge on Thursday to go top of the 10-team table. While Australia take top spot with five wins and one loss, Bangladesh remain in sixth position with five points from six matches.
Bangladesh are two points behind fourth-placed India, having already played two games more than Virat Kohli's men.
The current top four of Australia, New Zealand, England and India are starting to look uncatchable even though there are several rounds of group matches left.
For Bangladesh, defeat means they have to win their next three matches against Afghanistan, mighty India, and Pakistan to make their first World Cup semi-finals. Not impossible, but the top four of Australia, New Zealand, England and India look increasingly set.
Bangladesh have been making steady progress over the past decade, and this time around, their fans expected them to reach the semi-final of the World Cup. The first match showed quite a lot of promise, where the Tigers defeated South Africa. The loss against New Zealand was a closely contested one, while there was no contest in the game against England.
Their game against Sri Lanka was abandoned due to rain. The ICC World Cup 2019 points table will be decided on the basis of the teams which have the most points in descending order. Teams will be given two points for a win, one point for a tie/NR (except the semi-finals and final which will be decided by a super over in case of a tie), and no points for a loss.
The top four teams in the ICC world cup points table by the end of the group stages will then take part in the semi-final, with the winners playing the final.
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