Wednesday Jul 03 2019

Can Pakistan still qualify for World Cup 2019 semi-final?

LONDON: England's back-to-back wins against India and New Zealand has virtually knocked out Pakistan from the World Cup as the green shirts 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.

Photo: Cricket World Cup Twitter

It is pertinent for Pakistan to bat first on Friday because if Sarfaraz Ahmed loses the toss and Bangladesh bat first, Pakistan will be eliminated 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

England booked their place in the World Cup semi-finals with a 119-run demolition of New Zealand. England, who have never won the competition, are into the World Cup semi-finals for the first time since 1992.

Meanwhile, Kiwis 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 out of the World Cup, but nothing short of a miracle can make them steal the semi-final spot from the Kiwis.