The ICC Champions Trophy 2017 is almost in the ending stage and the picture of the final four teams was decided. As we all know India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and England are in the semi-finals of Champions Trophy.
And the race for the Champions Trophy 2017 title between all these four teams will be interesting to see who makes the cut to the final decider match.
Team India looked they have given a fine start to the tournament with good performance in both batting and the bowling departments. As it was the first International tournament for the new skipper Virat Kohli. He was happy, immensely impressed and pleased with the efforts of the team
However, this 2017 tournament is becoming intrigued day by day with every day passing, leaving some astounding impressions, there’s no room for estimations and approximations, the game is all different.
Yes, who would’ve thought the Champions Trophy will see playoff without Australia, New Zealand and South Africa? Of course, India and England were predictable but Pakistan and Bangladesh are a surprise.
The semi-final matches are lined up as follows:
SF 1 – England vs Pakistan at Cardiff on June 14th, 2017
SF 2 – India vs Bangladesh at Edgbaston on June 15th, 2017
England were the Group A toppers and will be playing Pakistan who were the runners-up from Group B. Similarly, Group B toppers India will be playing the runners-up from Group A, Bangladesh.
As we all know starting from the tournament, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has been facing criticism from cricket lovers for scheduling the Champions Trophy in England and Wales at this time of the year.
Yes, with rain playing havoc and no reserve day, it has been difficult for the teams bowing out of the tournament. We know how rains have had an impact on previous matches in the tournament. The British weather has spoiled the sport on numerous occasions.
There is a huge possibility of that happening in the semi-finals as well. Here are the possible outcomes –
In the case of a tie, there will be a super over which isn’t surprising. If rains interrupt play, the usual Duckworth-Lewis will come into play.
However, in the case of a washout, the team which ended at the top in their respective group will advance to the finals. This means if rains wash the first semi-final out, England will advance to the finals.
And if the same happens in the second semi-final, India will be on their way to the finals. The same would happen if the match ends in a tie and the Super Over can’t be contested due to bad weather.
As far as the venues are concerned, Cardiff hasn’t been a problem in this tournament. But Edgbaston, where India will be playing Bangladesh, has a bad weather forecast. Throughout this tournament, rains have had an impact on this venue and it won’t come as a surprise if they show up uninvited in the semi-finals as well.