World T20 2014: Updated Schedule, Group Tables and Predictions

Stuart NewmanFeatured ColumnistMarch 31, 2014

Netherlands's Timm van der Gugten, third right, celebrates with his teammates  the wicket of England's Eoin Morgan during their ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Cup match in Chittagong, Bangladesh, Monday, March 31, 2014. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)
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While the World Twenty20 Super 10 groups may be coming to an end, the heart-stopping cricket drama certainly isn’t.

Monday saw Group 1 come to a close, with Sri Lanka taking the last-remaining semifinal spot at the expense of New Zealand and the Netherlands shocking the world with a victory over 2010 champions England.

Super 10 Group 1
TeamPlayedWonLostPoints
Sri Lanka (Q)4316
South Africa (Q)4316
New Zealand4224
England4132
Netherlands4132
ICC
Super 10 Group 2
TeamPlayedWonLostPoints
India (Q)4408
West Indies3214
Pakistan3214
Australia3030
Bangladesh3030
ICC

In the first match of the day, the Dutch took a major scalp in the form of England with a 45-run victory against Ashley Giles’ side. Understandably, the official Netherlands Cricket Twitter account was ecstatic about it:

England, who played the tournament in orange, won just one match in a dismal campaign in Bangladesh, topped off by their defeat to the Dutch minnows.

Captain Stuart Broad spoke to BBC Sport after the match and said that the defeat was down to "a lack of commitment and hunger in our shots."

He went on to say:

"We didn't deliver and it's hugely disappointing. No-one got going and no-one took responsibility. We said all the right things before the game, but we didn't deliver. There are no excuses. It was a relatively simple chase, but a shocking chase."

England had a target of just 134 runs after the Netherlands took to the crease first, with Stephan Myburgh (39) and Wesley Barresi (48) the high scorers, but they never came close.

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Seven of England’s order posted single-figure returns—per International Cricket Council—as they could only muster 88 to give the Netherlands a famous victory.

According to ESPN Cricinfo, it was the second worst total ever posted by England in a T20I and just the third time that they have failed to break the 100 barrier.

By contrast, it was the Netherlands’ largest run-margin victory in their T20I history, as OptaJim revealed via Twitter:

Despite the match being a dead rubber, with both England and the Netherlands already eliminated from the competition, it remains one of the most morale-destroying defeats in England’s history.

Monday’s second game was anything but a dead rubber, though, with Sri Lanka and New Zealand battling it out for the final semi-final place together with South Africa from Group 1.

What was predicted to be a one-way match was exactly that, as Sri Lanka recorded a 59-run victory despite only posting 119 with the bat.

Trent Boult’s 3-for-20 figures inspired the Kiwis to bowl the Sri Lankans all out for 119, leaving them with a simple-looking chase of 120, as BBC Sport revealed via Twitter:

However, New Zealand came up extremely short and were bowled out for just 60—their worst-ever total in a T20I according to ESPN Cricinfo.

Rangana Herath stole the show with the ball, posting astonishing figures of 5-for-3 with 18 dots to boot. As Cricket Record revealed via Twitter, Herath’s economy rate of 0.85 has never been matched in T20Is:

So, it’s Sri Lanka that qualify for the semi-finals for the fourth year in succession, while New Zealand were left to lament what could have been, with captain Brendan McCullum saying to BBC Sport:

“Credit to Sri Lanka—they blew us away.”

Fixtures
StageDateTeam 1Team 2
Super 10 Group 2April 1stBangladeshAustralia
Super 10 Group 2April 1stWest IndiesPakistan
World T20 Semi-FinalApril 3rdSri LankaTBD
World T20 Semi-FinalApril 4thIndiaSouth Africa
World T20 FinalApril 6thTBDTBD
ICC

On Tuesday, Group 2’s final matches take place, with one semi-final position still to be decided.

West Indies will take on Pakistan at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium, Mirpur, for the right to face the Sri Lankans in the semi-final.

It’s the kind of winner-takes-all clash that brings the best out the exciting Twenty20 format, with Pakistan Cricket’s Twitter feed showing just how big a match it will be:

With the invincible Indians looking like hot favourites to make the final if they maintain their level of brilliance, whoever gets through—whether it be the West Indies, Pakistan or Sri Lanka—will have to produce something special to get their name on the trophy.

However, history remains on Sri Lanka’s side heading into the World T20 climax. In the last two World T20s, the host of the preceding tournament has gone on to win the title, per Information Cricket.

The Sri Lankans will have to produce a much better performance with the bat if they’re to keep such a record going, but with Herath on song with the ball, they’ll have the power to upset any batting order.