Pakistan was shocked by facing defeat against Zimbabwe on Friday. Babar Azam-led team is now in big trouble after 2 consecutive defeats in the world cup so far. They lost the first match at the very last ball against their long-time rival India.
With teams like South Africa and India in the group. It is very difficult now for Pakistan. Despite being ranked above the Netherlands in the points standings and having a greater net run rate than the Dutch team, would the Men in Green be able to advance to the semi-finals? Here are the qualification scenarios for Pakistan in the World Cup:
Pakistan must win all of its remaining matches by huge margins. They will play Bangladesh in their final Super 12 game before facing the Netherlands, and South Africa. Therefore, if they win all three of their remaining games, they will receive six points on the scoring chart. The Men in Green, who have won both games, will be hoping that South Africa and India, the top two teams in their group, stay at six points or less for the final rankings, which NRR will determine. The issue for the Babar Azam-led team is that they must not only win all of their remaining games but also do it with wide margins to maintain a reasonable net run rate. Their bowlers had already prepared them for today’s game by holding Zimbabwe to only 130 runs in 20 overs while losing eight wickets. However, the batters let the squad down and failed to advance the team.
With India on top of the Group 2 points table. It will be interesting to see who will grab the second position in the standings. India still got three more matches in the Super 12 round which will they look to win.