England gave a target of 306 runs to chase for New Zealand with Baristow being the player of the match. The tournament host then knocked out New Zealand for 186 runs to make place in the top four and to play semis.
In the World Cup semi-finals for the first time since 1992 England is in competition.
The commentators at ESPN Cricinfo began guessing what the semi final structure could look like with today’s win, whether Pakistan have a chance, and bearing in mind the fact that Australia and India are already through as soon as the match was over.
They added, “Pakistan will need to beat Bangladesh by 316 runs at Lord’s on Friday to oust New Zealand. That is, if they score 400, they need to keep Bangladesh to 84 or less. The exact margin will change depending on scores. It’s not over yet!”
As things stand, England are in line to face India, currently second, but it is still likely for Virat Kohli’s men to jump Australia at the top of the standings.
If England does play India it will be a same scenario of Sunday’s match at the Birmingham ground when, following nonstop losses by Sri Lanka and Australia, they wreaked a first back upon Kohli’s side.
The opening semi-final between the first and fourth-placed sides is planned for Old Trafford next Tuesday.