Bangladesh‘s hopes of reaching the 2023 World Cup semi-finals are in jeopardy after a crushing 87-run defeat to the Netherlands at Eden Gardens on Saturday. After losing their fifth consecutive match in the tournament, it would take a miraculous turn of events for Shakib Al Hasan’s team to secure a spot in the top four.
Although there is still a mathematical chance, it’s safe to say they are very close to being eliminated. For Bangladesh to secure a spot in the top four of the 2023 World Cup, several factors need to align in their favour. First and foremost, they must avoid any further losses.
The Bangla Tigers have a tough task ahead; they need to win all three of their remaining matches in the ICC event to stay in contention. By doing so, they could reach a total of eight points. Additionally, they should aim to win with substantial margins to improve their net run rate.
Moreover, if Australia and New Zealand each win just one of their remaining three matches, Bangladesh’s chances are dashed. Currently, both teams have eight points, and a single victory would boost them to 10 points, making it impossible for Bangladesh to catch up.
Bangladesh’s chances of making the 2023 World Cup semi-finals are slim after losing to the Netherlands. They need to win all remaining matches and hope other teams lose.
Bangladesh’s path to the semi-finals is very narrow. They must win all their games, hope other teams lose, and perform exceptionally well.
How Bangladesh has been doing in the ODI World Cup up to this point
Bangladesh started their journey in the 2023 World Cup with a strong six-wicket victory over Afghanistan in Dharamsala. But, it’s been a series of losses for them after that. With five consecutive defeats, they find themselves in ninth place in the standings, holding a net run rate of -1.277.
They have three more matches in this tournament, facing Pakistan on October 31, Sri Lanka on November 6, and Australia on November 11.