Pakistan are hoping to qualify for the semi-finals of the 2023 Cricket World Cup as they go down in one of their two remaining matches and lose out in the race for top four status. Pakistan will face New Zealand on Saturday (November 4) in Bengaluru, before taking on England a week later at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. If Pakistan lose to New Zealand on Saturday, their journey in the ongoing tournament might come to an end.
However, they would also need a favor from Sri Lanka when they face the Kiwis on November 9.
If Pakistan beat New Zealand and England, they will end up with 10 points. Meanwhile, if the Kiwis lose to both Pakistan and Sri Lanka, they will be stranded on eight points.
However, according to the weather forecast, there is a high probability of rain in Bengaluru on Saturday. If rain stops play at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, both teams will get a point each.
In that case, Pakistan will have seven points ahead of their final match of the tournament against England, while New Zealand will be on nine.
Even if New Zealand lose to Sri Lanka, Pakistan have to beat England by a huge margin to overtake the Blackcaps on net run-rate. When they are lost, they will move out immediately.
Interestingly, both Pakistan and New Zealand can miss out on a semi-final berth if Afghanistan win their remaining matches.
So far, Afghanistan have won three of the six matches, including big wins over England and Pakistan, respectively.
Afghanistan have yet to play the Netherlands, Australia and South Africa. If Afghanistan somehow win all of their remaining games, they will end up with 12 points. In that case, Pakistan will move out, even if they beat both England and New Zealand.
Meanwhile, New Zealand will need to win both their matches and ensure their current run rate is better than Afghanistan.
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