As the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 unfolds, Pakistan’s journey to the semi-finals is far from simple. With only two wins out of six matches so far, the team finds itself in a challenging position. The road ahead is filled with multiple scenarios that could determine their fate in the tournament.
One such scenario involves New Zealand. If New Zealand loses all its remaining matches and Pakistan secures victories in all its upcoming games, Pakistan will surpass New Zealand in the points table, securing 10 points against New Zealand’s 8.
This would lead to India, South Africa, Australia, and Pakistan qualifying for the semi-finals. However, if New Zealand manages to win one match while losing two, and Pakistan wins all its remaining matches, both teams would end up with 10 points. In this case, the Net Run Rate (NRR) would be the deciding factor.
Australia’s performance also plays a crucial role in Pakistan’s semi-final prospects. If Australia loses all its remaining matches while Pakistan wins all its upcoming games, Pakistan would again secure 10 points against Australia’s 8.
The qualifying teams in this scenario would be India, South Africa, New Zealand, and Pakistan. However, if Australia wins one match and loses two, and Pakistan wins all its remaining matches, both teams would have 10 points, and the NRR would come into play.
Similar scenarios exist in South Africa and India. If either team loses all their remaining matches, and Pakistan wins all of theirs, both teams would end up with 10 points, and the NRR would decide the qualifying team.
Sri Lanka’s performance also has implications for Pakistan. If Sri Lanka wins three out of their remaining four games, they will be equal on points, 10, with Pakistan if Pakistan also wins all of their remaining matches. In this case, the NRR would be the deciding factor.
With Pakistan’s World Cup hopes hanging in the balance, fans will be closely monitoring these various possibilities as the tournament unfolds. Every match from here on out becomes crucial, and the NRR may ultimately be the deciding factor in determining Pakistan’s fate in this year’s World Cup.
Pakistan’s remaining ICC World Cup 2023 matches are against Bangladesh in Kolkata on October 31, New Zealand in Bengaluru on November 4, and England in Kolkata on November 11. As the tournament progresses, the nation watches with bated breath, hoping for a favorable outcome.