The ICC ODI World Cup 2023 has been a tournament of thrilling encounters and unexpected twists, and the possibility of a semi-final clash between arch-rivals India and Pakistan has added an extra layer of excitement to the competition.
While India has already secured their place in the semi-finals, Pakistan’s fate hangs in the balance. However, there are still a few scenarios that could pave the way for a mouthwatering India-Pakistan showdown in the knockout stages.
Scenario 1: Pakistan Wins Against England and New Zealand Loses to Sri Lanka
If Pakistan manages to defeat England in their upcoming match and New Zealand succumbs to a loss against Sri Lanka, Pakistan will move to 10 points, surpassing New Zealand’s current tally of 8 points. This would secure Pakistan’s spot in the semi-finals, and they would face India, who are expected to finish as the top team in the points table.
Scenario 2: Afghanistan’s Performance Plays a Crucial Role
In the event that Pakistan wins against England but New Zealand wins against Sri Lanka, both teams would be tied on 10 points. In this scenario, Afghanistan’s performance in their remaining matches would become crucial.
If Afghanistan loses both of their remaining matches against Australia and South Africa, Pakistan will advance to the semi-finals based on a better net run rate. However, if Afghanistan wins even one of their remaining matches, they will also reach 10 points, and the net run rate will determine the final semi-finalist.
Scenario 3: Rain Disrupts the Final Matches
If New Zealand’s final match against Sri Lanka is washed out due to rain, a win for Pakistan against England will take them ahead of the Kiwis in the standings with 10 points. However, if New Zealand’s match is washed out and Pakistan’s match against England is also affected by rain, then the Kiwis will go through to the semi-finals on the basis of a superior net run rate.
The Stakes Are High
The prospect of an India-Pakistan semi-final clash has already captured the imagination of cricket fans worldwide, and the anticipation is only bound to grow as the tournament progresses. For both teams, the stakes are incredibly high, and a victory in the semi-final would be a significant achievement, not just for the players but also for the passionate fans who support them.
DISCLAIMER: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.