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Why Pakistan are all but out of the World Cup

Why Pakistan are all but out of the World Cup

NEW DELHI: The similarities between Pakistan’s World Cup campaigns in 1992 and 2019 have ended. England’s thumping victory against New Zealand on Wednesday has ensured that Pakistan have been virtually knocked out of the World Cup semifinal race.

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Pakistan’s semifinal chances are now reduced to just a mathematical possibility, and that too a near impossible one. Sarfaraz Ahmed and his team need an improbable win over Bangladesh to pip New Zealand on net run rate.

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The road to the knockout stage for Sarfaraz Ahmed and his men is just an improbable mathematical calculation and that too provided Pakistan win the toss and bat first.

Currently placed fifth with nine points from eight matches, Pakistan face the challenge of beating Bangladesh by 311 runs if they score 350 or by 316 runs, if they score 400. Just a win for Pakistan will mean they will be tied with New Zealand on 11 points and 5 wins each, but the Kiwis will still be ahead on Net run rate. Pakistan’s current Net run rate is -0.79.

If Pakistan lose the toss and are asked to field, their minuscule semifinal hopes, will be over even before the first ball is bowled at Lord’s.

New Zealand finished their league stage engagements at 11 points from nine matches, after their 119-run loss to England. But, despite the massive defeat, the Kiwis are way ahead of Pakistan, in terms of their net run-rate, which is +0.17, compared to Pakistan’s -0.79.

Fans have been venting their anger and frustration on social media. After beginning on a disappointing note vs West Indies, Pakistan stunned tournament favourites England in just their second game. But then, an abandoned match vs Sri Lanka and back to back defeats to Australia and India derailed their campaign. The 1992 champions then suddenly came to life and won three games on the trot to somehow keep their semi-final chances alive. But it was too little, too late for them. The early defeats meant they had to depend on other results to go their way as well. And that just didn’t happen.

Pakistan’s resurgence in the World Cup looked eerily similar to their 1992 Cup-winning edition, before India’s loss to England dented their hopes of a semifinal spot. And when New Zealand went down to co-hosts England at Chester-le-Street, it was almost all over for Pakistan.
Source : timesofindia

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