LONDON: England’s consecutive victories against India and New Zealand has practically knocked out cold Pakistan from the World Cup as the Shaheens now need to beat Bangladesh by at least 312 runs at Lord’s on Friday to qualify for the semi-finals.
Pakistan currently stands at the fifth position with nine points and a net run rate of -0.792.
It is vital for Pakistan to bat first on Friday because if Sarfaraz Ahmed loses the toss and Bangladesh bat first, Pakistan will be done away with directly.
Scenarios for Pakistan to qualify
– Beat Bangladesh by 312 runs after scoring 350
– Beat Bangladesh by 316 runs after scoring 400
– Beat Bangladesh by 321 runs after scoring 450
New Zealanders currently stand fourth with 11 points even after massive defeat against England due to their superior net run-rate as compared to Pakistan.
Mathematically, Pakistan are still not kicked out of the World Cup, but nothing short of a miracle can make them snatch the semi-final slot from the Kiwis.