Although the West Indies seem to be down and out, they may still have a very slim outside chance of advancing to the layoff of the 2019 ICC World Cup if several other results work in their favour and they win their remaining matches.
Looking at different combinations of possible results, there is a very slight chance that if the Gods smile on the West Indies and they win their last three matches and other results go their way, they may end up getting in the semi-final round.
The West Indies have only three points from six matches and if they beat India, Sri Lanka, and Afghanistan in their final three matches, they will end on a maximum nine points.
Looking at a possible scenario, it will mean that Australia, India and New Zealand go through and leave the others to fight for the fourth spot. For the West Indies to just get ahead of Pakistan, who under this scenario will also finish with nine points, they must get their runs quickly in addition to winning matches.
The Windies will also need pre-tournament favourites England to lose to Australia today at Lord's, India and New Zealand in their remaining matches, which will see them knocked out.
Basically, what has to happen is that the West Indies must win their three remaining games and Australia, India and New Zealand must continue winning for the Caribbean side to get that slim outside chance.
The West Indies would have been sitting pretty had they claimed victories over Australia and New Zealand last Saturday. Instead, they lost by 15 runs to the Aussies and just five runs to the Kiwis after all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite took them to the brink of an upset win but threw it away with an unnecessary shot at the end.
It would have been better for the Windies if Bangladesh had lost to Afghanistan Monday but that did not happen. If Bangladesh had lost, the most points they could have amassed would have been nine. However, with the 62-run win against Afghanistan, Bangladesh can now effectively finish the campaign with 11 points, which the West Indies cannot reach.
As such, the Windies will now have to hope that Bangladesh loses their final two matches against India and Pakistan. One win in any of those matches will see Pakistan to nine points and they enjoy a far superior net run rate than the West Indies.
Meanwhile, the West Indies will be back at training Tuesday after getting the day off Sunday for some rest and relaxation. They have also been invited to a reception by their sponsor Sandals at the Principal Hotel in Manchester ahead of their clash on Thursday against the powerful Indians.
The results scenario for WI to advance:
England vs Australia - Australia must win
Pakistan vs New Zealand - New Zealand must win
India vs West Indies - West Indies must win
Sri Lanka vs South Africa - South Africa must win
Pakistan vs Afghanistan - no relation
Australia vs New Zealand - no relation
England vs India - India must win
West Indies vs Sri Lanka - West Indies must win
India vs Bangladesh - India must win
England vs New Zealand - New Zealand must win
West Indies vs Afghanistan - West Indies must win
Pakistan vs Bangladesh - Pakistan must win
India vs Sri Lanka - no relation
Australia vs South Africa - no relation.