We’ll have popcorn, hope SA beat India: WI captain

Wellington, March 24 : West Indies’ semi-final fate is out of their hands, fretting on the fortunes of India and England after rain washed out their ICC Women’s World Cup match against South Africa on Thursday. India and England can leapfrog West Indies into the top four if they win their final matches against South Africa and Bangladesh respectively. The race to the knockout stages has spiced up, with West Indies’ (3rd place with 7 points) final league game abandoned. If either India or England lose their final game, only then West Indies can join Australia and South Africa in the semi-finals. While England (4th place with 6 points), strong on paper, are most likely to beat Bangladesh, all eyes will be on India (5th place with 6 points), who find themselves in a do-or-die situation against South Africa. If India beat South Africa or the match gets washed out, India will secure semi-final berth as they have better net run rate as compared to West Indies. However, if India lose, West Indies will progress to knockout stage based on point difference. “It’s not the way we would have liked, but we can’t do much about it and it’s something we can’t control. We were hoping that we would have had a game – but now, we will probably have some popcorn and hope that South Africa do beat India for us to give a chance,” said Stafanie Taylor, West Indies skipper. “If we go to the semis, you just have to go out and play, does not matter if it’s a niggle or an injury, you have to step up. It comes down to how badly you want it.”

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