Friday, 4 March 2011

Cricket World Cup 2011: how England can qualify from Group B after Irish upset

Qualification permutations and World Cups go hand in hand with England's national teams. So it was on Wednesday as Ireland blew Group B wide open following their stunning win over England in Bangalore.
After gifting two certain victories in the last three days, England are now precariously placed at the halfway stage of their World Cup group campaign.
With coach Andy Flower predicting four points from six after three games, England find themselves one point behind that target. It is a point that could prove crucial in the coming days.
England now need to win all of their remaining matches - against South Africa on Sunday, Bangladesh and the West Indies - to be certain of qualification.
Two wins should be enough to see them through. However, one victory could even be enough if Ireland, who have played only two matches, 'slip up' and other results prove favourable.
For that scenario to happen, England's best hope is for Ireland to lose their remaining matches, bar their clash with the Netherlands.

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