ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: India will purposely lose to Bangladesh, Sri Lanka to deny Pakistan place in semi-finals, alleges Basit Ali5Photo© dnaindia.com

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: India will purposely lose to Bangladesh, Sri Lanka to deny Pakistan place in semi-finals, alleges Basit Ali

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Fourth-placed England will be playing two virtual “quarter-finals” at the Cricket World Cup when they face India and New Zealand in their last two round robin matches as they look to seal a semi-final spot, batsman Joe Root has said.

England’s 64-run loss to Australia on Tuesday left their qualification hopes in the balance with Bangladesh, Pakistan (both one point behind) and Sri Lanka (two points behind with a game in hand) breathing down their necks.

England have not beaten India or New Zealand in seven attempts at the World Cup since 1992 but Root is confident they can still reach the knockout stages.