The round robin stage of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is now entering its fag end. While three semi-final spots secured – that of India, Australia, and England – one spot is still up for grabs.
With Eoin Morgan side’s victory over the Black Caps at Riverside Ground on Wednesday (July 3), England have made it to their first semi-final after 1992. They had made it to the semi-final stage for the first five tournaments – 1975, 1979, 1983, 1987 and 1992 but failed to reach the last 4 in the next 6 editions – 1996, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015.
Meanwhile, Kane Williamson’s New Zealand are at fourth position in the points table with 5 wins from 8 matches despite losing three matches in a row to Pakistan, Australia, and England.
The current position of Pakistan
The Sarfaraz Ahmed-led side is currently at the fifth position with 9 points from eight encounters. They have only one more match left in the round robin stage.
The Men in Green have to lock horns with Bangladesh on 5th July at Lord’s.
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
Pakistan cannot qualify if they score anything less than 308.
Also, if Pakistan bat second, it will be impossible for them to achieve the differential in the net run rate and catch up with New Zealand – thus in this scenario they will be eliminated.