Calcutta/Pallekele: It’s permutations-combinations time in the Super Eights Group 1 of the World T20 2012.
While none of the four teams have done enough to seal a semi-final spot, Sri Lanka are virtually there, by virtue of two wins from as many games and a healthy Net Run Rate.
They play England in the second match of the day on Monday, but even before they take the field the equation will be much clearer. West Indies have three routes to the semi-finals.
The first is that they beat New Zealand, and hope that Sri Lanka beat England. In that scenario, Sri Lanka will have six points, West Indies four, and the other sides two each. Alternatively, if West Indies and England win, three teams will be tied on four points each, and it will come down to Net Run Rate, with New Zealand out.
Finally, if Sri Lanka hammer England, and West Indies lose, there will be a three-way tie for second place, leaving it to Net Run Rate, in which West Indies are currently far behind.
West Indies play New Zealand, and they approach the final game with contrasting records. New Zealand, expected to be pushovers against spin, have done what it always does at ICC events, punching well above their weight.