Published: Fri, July 05, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Pakistan target 500 to knock New Zealand out of the tournament

Pakistan target 500 to knock New Zealand out of the tournament

Sarfaraz Ahmed & Co would know that a shocking loss in the opening game of the tournament, when they were bundled out for just 105 by the West Indies has come back to haunt them in the end.

A last-ditch attempt to make it to the final four, Pakistan will try to do the impossible when they face the Tigers at the home of cricket.

Even if you are the greatest of optimists, you would know that it is nearly impossible for Pakistan to make the semi-finals from here on.

On the off chance that they score 308 runs and dismiss Bangladesh for 0, they will find themselves in the final four.

"Obviously, we are here to win all the matches", Sarfaraz told reporters during a press conference where he said Pakistan would try and score 500.

Bangladesh put up a courageous fight but ultimately lost to India by 28 runs on Tuesday at Edgbaston as their slim hopes of reaching the semi-finals were brought to an end but there have been plenty of positives for them to take from this excellent World Cup campaign.

If Pakistan scores 350 and win by 312 runs or if they score 400 and win by 316 runs, they qualify for the semi-finals.

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The next tie-breaker is net run-rate and New Zealand have a huge advantage at +0.175 compared with Pakistan's -0.792, which is in part a effect of Pakistan's heavy defeat by the West Indies in their opening match, when they were skittled out for just 105. "It's that much of a Herculean task", former Pakistan captain and TV commentator Raja said on his YouTube channel, adding "whether they (Pakistan) win or lose it doesn't matter". "They were tough for batting with spin and the ball was not coming onto the bat".

"Over nine games, with each team playing one another, net run-rate provides the fairest reflection of performance across the entire tournament in the event of both sides recording equal match results". There is no love lost between Pakistan and Bangladesh - both historically and on the cricket field. "We certainly are", Rhodes said.

"And I say that because the other teams, some of the big teams that we've played against, we've had close-ish games against them".

Defending champions Australia, India, and England, are already confirmed for the semi-finals.

At Lord's, they will meet for the second time in a World Cup match.

"The players in the dressing room do love Mash".

Led by Shakib, Bangladesh have consistently crossed the 300-mark this World Cup but it is their bowling which has let them down, especially the lack of form of skipper Mortaza.

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