India are the tournament leaders while England and Sri Lanka will be looking to give their semi-final hopes a much-needed boost in their clash at the 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup.

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The hosts are joined by South Africa, New Zealand and Australia in the key four spots in the current Cricket World Cup standings, but all 10 teams can still dream of claiming a place in the knockout stages.

Here is the state of play ahead of the England and Sri Lanka clash:

1. India (five wins, no losses)

Most runs: Virat Kohli (354 runs)
Most wickets: Jasprit Bumrah (11 wickets)

The hosts are leading the race for a crucial top-four finish having started the campaign with five comprehensive wins.

India are yet to be truly tested as their well-balanced bowling attack was able to hold off – and often break through – a pack of opposition batters to ensure their target in the second innings was feasible.

The tournament leaders have won every match so far, batting second, with captain Rohit Sharma and chase master Virat Kohli leading the way, so it remains to be seen how much damage India can do in a full 50 overs.

Still to play: England (29 October), Sri Lanka (2 November), South Africa (5 November), Netherlands (12 November)

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2. South Africa (four wins, one loss)

Most wickets: Quinton de Kock (407 runs)
Most wickets: Kagiso Rabada, Gerald Coetzee, Marco Jansen (10 wickets each)

South Africa fired a warning shot into the tournament with four totals above 300, including over 400 against Sri Lanka, securing four convincing wins.

The Proteas’ only blemish was a shock 38-run defeat to familiar opponents the Netherlands as they were bowled out for 207 in their only Cricket World Cup run to date.

But with a group of batters led by opener Quinton de Kock and an explosive middle order, it is unlikely that South Africa will continue to suffer from second-innings doldrums as another chance at an elusive semi-final victory looks all but assured.

Still to play: Pakistan (27 October), New Zealand (1 November), India (5 November), Afghanistan (10 November)

3. New Zealand (four wins, one loss)

Most runs: Rachin Ravindra (290 runs)
Most wickets: Mitch Santner (12 wickets)

The runner-up at the last two Cricket World Cups is well positioned to secure another semi-final berth after defeating defending champions England in the opening match and then pulling off resounding wins against less-favoured opponents.

But a tougher test awaits New Zealand, who showed they could match leaders India even without taking full control of the competition, which they ultimately lost by four wickets.

With four wins in hand and a good net rating, New Zealand will likely need two more wins to secure a playoff spot and hope to secure at least one of them against fellow rivals Australia and South Africa.

Still to play: Australia (28 October), South Africa (1 November), Pakistan (4 November), Sri Lanka (9 November)

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4. Australia (three wins, two losses)

Most runs: David Warner (332 runs)
Most wickets: Adam Zampa (13 wickets)

The five-time champions are gaining momentum as the tournament progresses after starting their campaign with two disappointing defeats. Three convincing wins followed as their batters found form with at least one strong innings each, while their trio of pacers and spinner Adam Zampa also made their mark.

Australia may still have room for improvement – both in terms of performances and personnel – as they aim to win at least one of their upcoming clashes with arch-rivals New Zealand and England to keep one foot in the playoffs .

Still to play: New Zealand (28 October), England (4 November), Afghanistan (7 November), Bangladesh (11 November)

5. Pakistan Cricket World Cup team (two wins, three losses)

Most runs: Mohammad Rizwan (302 runs)
Most wickets: Shaheen Afridi (10 wickets)

Pakistan impressed to open the Cricket World Cup with two emphatic wins but have slipped back and are on the verge of missing out on the knockout stages. While blows at the hands of hot rivals India always sting, it is the defeat to Afghanistan that could prove the most costly as Pakistan have a lot to do in the remaining matches.

It is vital that the 1992 champions end their three-match losing streak when they next face a surging South Africa, otherwise Pakistan may have to rely on other results to keep their semi-final hopes alive.

Still to play: South Africa (27 October), Bangladesh (31 October), New Zealand (4 November), England (11 November)

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6. Afghanistan Cricket World Cup team (two wins, three losses)

Most runs: Rahmanullah Gurbaz (224 runs)
Most wickets: Naveen-ul-Haq, Rashid Khan (six wickets each)

Afghanistan are still in position to earn a spot in the semi-finals and will likely have to win at least three of their remaining four matches – if not all – to sneak through. Openers Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran were in fine form, while the quartet of Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Mohammad Nabi and Noor Ahmad caused some concern for the opposition batters at various stages of the tournament.

Still to play: Sri Lanka (30 October), Netherlands (3 November), Australia (7 November), South Africa (10 November)

7. Sri Lanka (one win, three losses)

Most runs: Sadeera Samarawickrama (230 runs)
Most wickets: Dilshan Madushanka (11 wickets)

Injuries before the tournament and in the first three weeks in India proved costly for the 1996 champions, who managed just one win before the decider against England. The absence of star spinner Wanindu Hasaranga has put too much pressure on Mahisha Tikshana, while the loss of Matisha Pathirana this week has also further weakened what promises to be a competitive campaign.

A win over England is crucial to keeping Sri Lanka’s hopes of reaching the semi-finals alive, while a defeat could end their hopes of reaching the knockout stages.

Still to play: England (26 October), Afghanistan (30 October), India (2 November), Bangladesh (6 November), New Zealand (9 November)

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8. England Cricket World Cup team (one win, three losses)

Most runs: Dawid Malan (192 runs)
Most wickets: Reece Topley (eight wickets)

The defending champions’ clash with Sri Lanka looms as a must-win encounter as defeat to an Asian side could leave England with too much to do at the end of the tournament.

Little has gone well for England so far, with the loss of in-form fast pacer Reece Topley to injury and the absence of Ben Stokes for the first three matches of the campaign hurting their chances of back-to-back titles.

Their only win so far in India came against ninth-place Bangladesh, with victory over Sri Lanka needed to give them a chance of reaching the final four.

Still to play: Sri Lanka (26 October), India (29 October), Australia (4 November), Netherlands (8 November), Pakistan (11 November)

9. Bangladesh (one win, four losses)

Most runs: Mahmudullah Riyad (198 runs)
Most wickets: Shakib Al Hasan, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Shoriful Islam (six wickets each)

The Asian team made a strong start to the Cricket World Cup with a convincing win over Afghanistan, but subsequent defeats to England, New Zealand, India and South Africa all but extinguished their hopes of reaching the semi-finals.

Bangladesh will need to win all of their remaining four matches in the tournament and achieve other results to have any chance of making it to the knockout stages of the tournament. On current form, it looks like a tough task for Shakib Al Hasan’s team.

Still to play: Netherlands (28 October), Pakistan (31 October), Sri Lanka (6 November), Australia (11 November)

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10. Netherlands (one win, four losses)

Most runs: Colin Ackermann (137 runs)
Most wickets: Bas de Leede (nine wickets)

A crushing defeat to Australia has all but ended the Netherlands’ chances of reaching the Cricket World Cup semi-finals in India, with the Dutch now needing to win all four of their remaining matches to keep their slim hopes alive.

The upset win over South Africa has been the highlight of the Netherlands’ campaign so far, and Scott Edwards’ side were well on their way to losing in each of their other matches before crossing paths with rampant Australia.

Still to play: Bangladesh (28 October), Afghanistan (3 November), England (8 November), India (12 November)

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