Pakistan clashes with Bangladesh in last-ditch attempt to ascend into semi-finals

LONDON: With just a petite hope of making it to the final four, Pakistan takes on Bangladesh in their last round-robin game of the World Cup at Lord’s on Friday.

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An eleventh-hour attempt to make it to the semi-finals, Pakistan will strive to do the impossible when they face the Tigers at the home of cricket.

Placed on the fifth spot on the points table, Pakistan has nine points and a net run rate (NRR) of  -0.792.  For Pakistan to attain the top-four, they need to dislocate New Zealand who are currently on the fourth spot with 11 points and a positive net run rate of +0.175 and defeats Bangladesh by a colossal margin of 316 runs after winning the toss and batting first.

On the off chance that they score 308 runs and discharge Bangladesh for 0, they will find themselves in the final four.

If Pakistan scores 350 and win by 312 runs or if they score 400 and win by 316 runs, they qualify for the semi-finals. In case if they score under 308, they won’t be able to ascend further in the tournament.

Pakistan can’t qualify for the semi-finals in the case they bat second as they would need to raise the objective run rate in under zero deliveries which is mathematically impossible.

On the other hand, Bangladesh who sits on the seventh are out of the tournament with just pride left to play for.

Squads:

Pakistan: Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfaraz Ahmed (c & wk), Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Haris Sohail, Babar Azam, Imam-ul-Haq, Asif Ali, Imad Wasim, Fakhar Zaman, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Hasnain

Bangladesh: Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mahmudullah Riyad, Shakib Al Hasan, Mohammad Mithun, Sabbir Rahman, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Abu Jayed

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