Pakistan’s journey in the ICC World Cup 2o23 semifinals faces uncertainty after four consecutive defeats. The initial momentum from two victories seems to be waning, and now, they’re on the verge of missing out on the semi-final spot. Not only do they need to win their remaining matches, but they also need to keep an eye on the outcomes of other fixtures.
With 13 league matches still to come, including a highly anticipated India vs Sri Lanka clash, the race for the semi-finals is getting more intense. India and South Africa are poised to claim their semi-final places. Australia’s standing in third place is also noteworthy. Meanwhile, New Zealand’s recent defeat to South Africa has made the fourth spot fiercer.
Pakistan sits in the fifth position with six points from seven matches. They are ahead of Afghanistan only due to their slightly better net run rate (NRR) of -0.024. Victory in their next two matches against New Zealand and England, combined with favourable results in other games, could offer them a glimmer of hope.
Pakistan’s Potential Path to Glory
For Pakistan to dream of the semi-finals, the International Cricket Council (ICC) sets the path clear: Pakistan must win their two remaining matches and maintain a better NRR than other competing teams.
If they were to face defeat in one of these matches, the dynamics change. They would then depend heavily on the performances of teams like Australia, New Zealand, and Afghanistan. In this complex scenario, Pakistan would need to rely on these teams losing multiple matches and then surpass them in NRR.
To better New Zealand’s NRR, cricket statistician Mazher Arshad suggests that Pakistan must beat the BlackCaps with a significant margin or chase a target swiftly. Their performance against England in the subsequent match would improve their NRR.
However, if misfortune strikes and Pakistan loses their pending matches, their World Cup dreams would be dashed, leaving fans awaiting their team’s return home.