How Afghanistan can reach the 2023 World Cup semi-final after securing a memorable win over Sri Lanka:
Third win of the tournament - Afghanistan has won three matches in the 2023 World Cup, beating former champions England, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. This is their best performance in the history of the tournament.
Fifth spot in the table - Afghanistan has six points from six matches and is in the fifth spot in the table, just two points behind New Zealand and Australia, who are third and fourth, respectively.
Three matches left - Afghanistan has three more matches to play against the Netherlands, Australia and South Africa. They need to win all three matches to reach a maximum of 12 points and have a chance of qualifying for the semi-finals.
Net run rate factor - Afghanistan also needs to improve their net run rate (NRR), which is currently -0.481, as compared to Australia's +0.267 and New Zealand's +0.412. NRR is the difference between the average runs scored and conceded per over by a team.
Australia and South Africa key opponents - Afghanistan's matches against Australia and South Africa are crucial, as they are direct competitors for the semi-final spots. If Afghanistan can beat both of them, they will have an edge over them in terms of points and NRR.
Historic opportunity - Afghanistan has a historic opportunity to become the first associate nation to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup. They have shown remarkable skills and spirit in this tournament and have won many fans around the world.