ICC World Cup 2023 Points Table: India has taken the top position on the table with a two-point lead, securing a spot in the semi-finals of the tournament for the fifth consecutive time. In a thrilling match on Sunday, India clinched their fifth consecutive victory in the 2023 World Cup, taking a two-point lead in the group standings. The host team had secured easy wins in their previous matches, but Sunday’s game was considered their toughest challenge yet. Despite that, they chased down the target of 274 runs with two overs to spare.
In their opening match of the tournament, Mohammed Shami’s five-wicket haul prevented New Zealand from reaching a score of 300 or more. Following this, Virat Kohli led the chase. Despite losing a few wickets in the middle overs, Kohli remained calm and focused on helping India secure the win.
Fast bowler Shami’s excellent performance, with figures of 5/54 in 10 overs, halted Daryl Mitchell’s innings at 130 runs, featuring nine boundaries and five sixes. Mitchell had a 159-run partnership with Rachin Ravindra for the third wicket, with Ravindra contributing 75 runs. Virat Kohli scored 95 runs but narrowly missed a century. When it became clear that India was on the path to victory, Kohli attempted to reach a century and set a record but was caught near the boundary. He now has 69 ODI half-centuries, which puts him on par with Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 49 ODI centuries.
India currently stands at 10 points, holding the top spot in the table with a two-point lead. They have won all their matches played so far and have a net run rate of +1.353. New Zealand is in the second position with eight points from five matches and a net run rate of +1.481. South Africa is in third place with six points from four matches and a net run rate of +2.212, while Australia is currently in fourth place with four points from four matches and a net run rate of -0.193.
If Pakistan, currently in fifth place, manages to defeat Afghanistan on Monday, Australia may lose its fourth position. Pakistan has the same number of points as Australia (four), but their net run rate is -0.456, which places them below the reigning champions. The remaining teams have two points each, and their position in the table will be determined by their net run rate. Bangladesh (-0.784) is in sixth place, followed by the impressive Netherlands (-0.790) in seventh place. Sri Lanka (-1.048) is in eighth place, while former champions England (-1.248) are in ninth place. Afghanistan (-1.250) is currently in tenth place, but if they defeat Pakistan on Monday, they could move up to sixth place.