Pakistan cricket team’s semi-final hopes have faced a major setback after New Zealand thumped Sri Lanka by five wickets during their final ICC World Cup 2023 group match.
The Black Caps’ triumph not only partially secured their position in the semi-finals but also cast a daunting shadow over Pakistan’s already challenging journey in the World Cup.
With their path to the semi-finals nearly insurmountable, Pakistan now faces a Herculean task in their last match against England in Kolkata on November 11.
How can Pakistan qualify for semi-final?
If Pakistan bats first: They must vanquish England by a staggering 287 runs.
If Pakistan bowls first: They need to chase down the target in 2.4 overs, with a 284 balls to spare.
Pakistan now has to beat England at the Eden Gardens on Saturday by an #unattainable margin
by around 287 runs while batting 1st
by about 284 balls to spare while chasing!#NZvsSL #NZvsSL #SLvNZ #SLvsNZ#CWC #CWC2023 #CWC23 #PakvsEng #PakvEng #EngvsPak #CricketTwitter
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) November 9, 2023
As the dust settles, India, South Africa, and Australia have already secured their spots in the semi-finals, leaving only one position up for grabs.
Presently, New Zealand leads the charge, firmly positioning themselves for qualification. Following closely behind is Pakistan, while Afghanistan faces an uphill battle due to their unfavorable net run rate (NRR).
The race for the coveted semi-final spot intensifies, with cricket fans eagerly awaiting the outcome of these crucial clashes.
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