Adelaide, Mar 15: Pakistan today reached the quarter-finals of ICC World Cup 2015 after defeating Ireland by 7 wickets in their final group match here at Adelaide Oval. (Reserve days' rules for knockouts)
After a poor start to the tournament, the Misbah-ul-Haq led side turned it around to win four games in a row make the knockouts. Pakistan finished third in Pool B and now face Australia in the quarter-finals on Friday (March 20).
The qualification of Pakistan to the last-8 stage is exciting news for Indian fans as well as the arch rivals could face off again in the semi-finals if both cross quarter-final hurdles. The two had met in the same round in 2011 edition in Mohali with India winning and later claiming the trophy. (Rules for tied quarter-finals)
India, with an all-win record in group stage (6 out of 6), clash with neighbours Bangladesh in the quarter-final on March 19 in Melbourne.
On current form, India are expected to get the better of Bangladesh. And according to International Cricket Council's (ICC) playing conditions, the second semi-final will be between winners of quarter-finals 2 and 4.
Though the order has been changed based on venues, it will now be winners of quarter-finals 2 and 3 which means India and Pakistan could meet in the second semi-final.
Due to venue reshuffling and allocation of quarter-final numbers, there was confusion earlier whether toppers India and New Zealand could meet in the semi-finals as the two are involved in quarter-finals 2 and 4. But now it is clear that they will not. This was confirmed by ICC today.
On February 15, India had beaten Pakistan by 76 runs in their opening group game in Adelaide.
Semi-final 1 in Auckland (6.30 AM IST): Winners of South Africa-Sri Lanka match Vs New Zealand-West Indies game (March 24)
Sem-final 2 in Sydney (9.00 AM IST): Winners of India-Bangladesh game Vs Australia-Pakistan match (March 26)