Now with the group stage and pool play complete in the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup, the Quarterfinals are set to begin. As of Sunday, March 15, the Knockout Stage matches are in place. The schedule has been released for the next four matches, which are to all take place later this week.
There were two remaining matches in the pool play for the Cricket World Cup, and they helped determine the final pairings for the Quarterfinals. West Indies defeated United Arab Emirates by six wickets and Pakistan defeated Ireland by seven wickets in Match 42.
With those results, Pool B’s standings were completed and put in place. India ended up in first place with a record of 6-0. South Africa finished in second, followed by Pakistan and West Indies. Had Ireland won on Sunday, they would have knocked Pakistan out.
On Saturday, Pool A was settled. New Zealand finishing in first place with the only other undefeated record of 6-0. Australia finished in second, and they were followed by Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
With those eight teams settled and in the Quarterfinals, the Twitter account of ICC-Cricket showed the confirmed pairings.
— ICC (@ICC) March 15, 2015
As you can see, the first Quarterfinal match will take place in Sydney on Wednesday, March 18, with Sri Lanka taking on South Africa. Bangladesh has drawn a hard draw with defending champion India on March 19 in Melbourne.
In the first match, IBN Live reports that South Africa is seen as the early favorite, but Sri Lanka has a lot of history and experience to seriously challenge.
Australia will play on March 20 in Adelaide, and they will take on Pakistan in the third Quarterfinal match. The fourth and last Quarterfinal match will be on March 21 in Wellington, and it will pit West Indies against New Zealand.
Here is the schedule of matches for the 2015 Cricket World Cup Quarterfinals/Knockout Round.
- Wed, March 18 – QF3 – Sri Lanka (A3) vs. South Africa (B2), Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG)
- Thu, March 19 – QF4 – Bangladesh (A4) vs. India (B1), Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
- Fri, March 20 – QF2 – Australia (A2) vs. Pakistan (B3), Adelaide Oval
- Sat. March 21 – QF1 – New Zealand (A1) vs. West Indies (B4), Wellington Regional Stadium
From this point forward, the ICC Cricket World Cup is in single-elimination mode, and the winners of these four matches will advance. They will head to the Semi-Finals, which will be held next week.
- Tue, March 24 – SF1 – Winner QF1 (NZ vs. WI) v Winner QF3 (SL vs. SA), Eden Park, Auckland
- Thu, March 26 – SF2 – Winner QF2 (Aus vs. Pak) v Winner QF4 (BD vs. Ind), SCG, Sydney
Should any of these six matches end by being abandoned, tied, or a no-result, there must be a winner. The team that finishes in a higher standing in Pool Play will be declared the winner.
After the Semi-Finals, there will be one more match to determine the Cricket World Cup champion.
- Sun, March 29 – SF1 Winner vs. SF2 Winner
There is a reserve day in place for each of the seven matches in the Knockout Round from the four quarterfinals to the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup final.
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