The fight for the semi-final spot in the ongoing T20 World Cup 2022 is getting tougher day by day, with the teams giving it their all to be in the final four. On account of their recent performances, many expected Pakistan to do well in the Super 12 stage, but the Babar Azam-led side have had a disappointing run with a solitary win out of their three games so far.
Now, Pakistan’s fate hangs on the outcome of other matches as they are placed at fifth position in the 6-team Group 2. A six-wicket win against the Netherlands opened their account, but India’s loss to South Africa on Sunday made Pakistan’s route to the semis quite difficult.
With a + 0.765 net run rate, Pakistan need to win their remaining two matches against South Africa and Bangladesh to not only reach 6 points but to pump up their NRR as well, which will be crucial in the end. With Proteas and India at the top two spots in the points table, Pakistan’s chances have dropped considerably, but they are still not yet out in the race for the second spot in the group.
Here are the criteria’s for Pakistan to progress to the semis:
- Big wins in their remaining two games, which will take their tally to 6 points and improve the NRR.
- India to lose one of their two remaining games, which will leave them on 6 points, the same as Pakistan. Then NRR will come into play.
- South Africa must lose both their remaining two matches, as one win off the two will take the Proteas to 7 points.
- Bangladesh, on 4 points, also need to lose both their remaining two games to give Pakistan a chance. A win against India will take Bangladesh to 6 points, the same as Pakistan (If Pakistan win their remaining two fixtures).
- Zimbabwe lose one of their remaining two matches, and a couple of wins will take them to 7 points ahead of Pakistan (If Pakistan win both their games).