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But while they have enjoyed a number of decent individual performances with the bat - notably, Ben Stokes passed 80 in the defeats to Sri Lanka and Australia - Root knows they will have to play better in partnerships if they are to win their next two games.

India had registered a smashing 125-run win over West Indies at Manchester on the 27th of June, Thursday, and with it all but secured a place in the semi-finals. They have also played two less matches.

Should England slip up, Pakistan are poised to pounce. Again their loss to Sri Lanka was another upset for them considering Sri Lanka's shattered form. Who is the dark horse in the semi-final race?

Nasser Hussain, in another post, wrote, "I put this tweet out yesterday as I bit of a cheeky joke. half expecting a lot of anger and aggression. actually what we got was a lot of love and humour". Australia is on the No. 1 position with 12 points from 6 wins in their 7 games.

New Zealand have won each of their three ODIs at Lord's. But a comprehensive defeat by Australia today has seen them relegated from tournament favourites to go all the way, to fourth favourites at [1.55] to even just make the semis.

With the wickets suddenly turning bowler-friendly and the predicted 300-plus scores not as regularly as the experts had predicted before the tournament, the final twelve games of this World Cup could well be humdingers that we have come to expect in recent times.

An England side widely tipped to end their World Cup drought by triumphing on home soil find themselves facing the very real prospect of a first-round exit heading into their match against unbeaten India at Edgbaston on Sunday.

On Saturday at Lord's, third-placed New Zealand will meet Australia in the first ODI between the two in over two years, with Kane Williamson's Blackcaps searching for a way past the defending champions. A tally that Pakistan, now on seven points, would fancy themselves to better with fixtures against Pakistan and Afghanistan remaining.

There is also a scenario where they could go through without winning either of those two if just about every other result goes their way and they sneak through on net run rate. The challenges that lie ahead seem easier than beating England or New Zealand, at least on paper and the team has hit its straps at the right time - finally getting their team composition right and nailing the execution on the day it matters.

What's more concerning for the hosts is that their remaining two group games come against India and New Zealand - two of the strongest outfits.

If England lose both these matches, they remain on 8 points.

As Pakistan gear up for keeping the 1992-dream alive, they have to ensure they are not "mercurial" anymore. In such a scenario, Pakistan will make it to the semi-finals.

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