The ICC Cricket World Cup eleventh edition is now entered in the knockout stage and first round of knockout stage will be quarter-final. Top 4 teams from pool A and pool B have qualified for quarterfinals and this super-8 stage will start from 18 March and concluded to 21. Winners of these quarter-finals will advance to Semi-Final.
New Zealand, Australia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, India, South Africa, Pakistan and West Indies have reached to the quarter-finals. Let’s quickly find the prediction and preview of all four quarterfinals.
Quarter-Final 1st: Sri Lanka vs South Africa
Sri Lanka will be facing South Africa in the first quarter-final of 11th ICC world cup on 18 March, 2015 at Sydney Cricket Ground. Both teams played cricket at the Pool stage of competition and are in good form as well. 1996 world cup winner Sri Lanka will be looking to take benefit of Proteas choking nature and beat them whereas South Africa will be desperate to remove chokers tag.
South African batting has been good so far and scored 400 plus score two times in world cup but the fact is their batting failed to chase target. Proteas team also got problem with their fifth bowling option as they are not having proper bowling attack. Sri Lankan batting has been good so far in the tournament and top order is in good form. They are also lacking in the bowling just like South Africa. Hence it will be a good contest. It will be a 50-50 contest.
Read more: Sri Lanka vs South Africa full match Preview
Quarter-Final 2nd: Bangladesh vs India
Bangladesh have played some great cricket throughout the tournament and they beat England to seal their quarter-final berth for the first time in history of cricket world cup. They showed great talent against strong New Zealand side. Bowling and batting both are balanced for Bangladesh. Defending champion Indian team is in great form and they haven’t lost single match in the competition so far.
India has defeated top teams like South Africa, Pakistan and West Indies in the pool stage of world cup and has been playing like champions. Indian bowling has been good and they bowled out all teams in played six matches of tournament. Hence they are really favorite to win second quarter-final match which is scheduled to play on 19 March at Melbourne Cricket Stadium. It’s going to be 75-25 battle in India-Bangladesh match.
Read more: Bangladesh vs India full match predictions
Quarter-Final 3rd: Australia vs Pakistan
Australia to host Pakistan cricket team in the third quarter-final match of 2015 ICC world cup on 20 March at Adelaide Oval. Four times world champion Australian team has been playing some great cricket from past few months and they have played attacking game in world cup so far. They only lost one game in the competition against New Zealand.
Pakistan struggled at the beginning of tournament and lost two matches in the beginning of competition against India and West Indies but they came back strongly and won rest four matches to qualify in the quarter-finals. Their bowling has been doing good and they beat South African side comprehensively in the first stage of competition to boost confidence. Anything can happen in this match but still home team Australia is favorite to win and it’s 70-30 between Australia-Pakistan.
Quarter-Final 4th: New Zealand vs West Indies
New Zealand cricket team has been playing cricket in such a different way throughout the world cup and they are just aggressive in every department of tournament. Blackcaps have won all the matches in competition so far and are keen to lift world cup for the first time. On the other hand West Indies reached to the quarter-finals after so much if and so conditions.
West Indies batting and bowling hasn’t been too effective in the competition. Two times champion Caribbean team will look to beat one of the strongest teams of cricket world cup 2015 in fourth quarter-final. West Indies vs New Zealand 4th quarterfinal match has been scheduled for 21st March at Wellington Regional Stadium. It’s 80-20 between New Zealand-West Indies.
What do you think, which four teams will qualify for the semi-finals?