Pakistan World cup campaign: So close yet so far!

Known as the dark horse and the most unpredictable team of the world cricket, Pakistan seems to be in all sorts of trouble in the ongoing World cup tournament. England’s thumping win against New Zealand has ensured Pakistan’s virtual exit from the World cup semifinal race. Chances of Pakistan qualifying for the World cup semifinals are almost next to impossible. They would now require an improbable victory over Bangladesh to overcome New Zealand on net run rate.

Currently placed at 5th position with 9 points from 8 matches, Sarfaraz Ahmed and his men have a humongous task at their hands, when they meet Bangladesh. Just a win would mean they will be tied with New Zealand but due to their lower run rate, Pakistan will not qualify for semifinal race. To qualify for the semis they must score at least 400 runs and defeat Bangladesh by 316 runs, which is next to impossible given Bangladesh’s form in this tournament.

If Pakistan happens to lose the toss and are asked to field first then their minute semifinal hopes will be over even before the first delivery of the match. Pakistani fans are certainly not pleased with the current situation of their team in the tournament.

After beginning the campaign on a disappointing note vs. West Indies, Pakistan surprised everyone by defeating the home team England in just their second game. But then an abandoned match against Sri Lanka and back to back defeats to Australia and India derailed their campaign. They somehow were able to bounce back with 3 consecutive wins but it was never enough and their chances of qualifying for the semis dependent on other results, which didn’t go their way.

Pakistan’s resurgence in the World Cup looked similar to their 1992 Cup- winning campaign, before India’s defeat to England dented their semifinal hopes.

Last modified: July 20, 2019

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