CWC 2023: Pakistan kept their slim hopes of reaching the semi-finals of the 2023 ICC World Cup alive with a comprehensive seven-wicket victory over Bangladesh on October 31. The win moved Pakistan up to fifth in the points table, with six points from seven matches.
To qualify for the semi-finals, Pakistan must win their remaining two matches against New Zealand and England, and rely on other results to go their way. For example, if both Australia and New Zealand lose all their remaining matches, Pakistan could qualify with a superior net run rate.
However, it is important to note that Pakistan’s chances of reaching the semi-finals are still very slim. They will need to play out of their skins in their remaining matches, and hope that other teams falter.
Despite the odds being stacked against them, Pakistan will be taking heart from their performance against Bangladesh. The team looked much improved from their previous matches, with both the batting and bowling departments performing well.
Opener Fakhar Zaman scored a well-paced 81, while Abdullah Shafique contributed 68. The pair put on a 128-run partnership for the first wicket, which laid the foundation for Pakistan’s victory.
With the ball, Shaheen Afridi was once again the standout performer, taking 3/23. He was ably supported by Haris Rauf and Mohammad Nawaz, who took two wickets each.
If Pakistan can continue to play with the same intensity and determination in their remaining matches, they will give themselves a chance of reaching the semi-finals. However, they will also need a bit of luck on their side.
Here is a possible scenario for Pakistan to qualify for the semi-finals:
- Pakistan win both their remaining matches against New Zealand and England.
- Australia and New Zealand lose all their remaining matches.
- South Africa lose at least one of their remaining matches.
If this scenario happens, Pakistan will finish with 10 points, which should be enough to secure a spot in the semi-finals.
However, it is important to note that this is just one possible scenario. There are many other permutations and combinations that could play out. Pakistan will need to rely on other teams faltering as well as winning their own matches convincingly.
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