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Last Updated:  Thursday, 13 February, 2003, 15:28 GMT

How the World Cup works
For anyone expecting a simple knockout competition, the Cricket World Cup will be a minefield of changing points tallies and complicated tiebreakers.

But help is at hand, with our stage-by-stage guide...

    Preliminary round

  • Teams are divided into two groups in which they play each other once. The top three in each group progress to the Super Six stage.

  • Teams are awarded four points for a win and two points for a draw or no result.

    Tiebreakers
    Team with the most wins
    Winner of the game between two level teams
    Team with the higher net run-rate
    Team with the most wickets taken by balls bowled
    Lottery

  • If any teams finish equal on points at the end of the group stages, a series of tiebreakers will be used in order until one team emerges superior (see right).

    Super Six phase

  • The top three teams from Pool A play the top three teams from Pool B, with four points awarded for a win and two for a draw or no result.

  • Teams will also carry forward points from the group phase - but their points allocation will be altered to four points for a win and two points for a draw against qualifying teams and one point for a win and half a point for a draw against non-qualifying countries.

  • After the nine Super six games are completed, the four teams with the highest number of points qualify for the semi-finals. In the event of a tie, similar tiebreaker rules to the group phase will be employed.

    Semi-finals

  • The top team in the Super Six table plays the fourth-placed team, while second plays third.





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