World Cup 2019: Pakistan need lightning to strike Bangladesh team

World Cup 2019: Pakistan needs to bat first and beat Bangladesh by at least 311 runs to stand a chance of qualifying for the semi-finals of the World Cup 2019.

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  • Pakistan need to bat first and beat Bangladesh by at least 311 runs to qualify for the semis
  • If Pakistan bowl first then they will be knocked out even before the first ball is bowled
  • The equation became nearly impossible for Sarfaraz Ahmed’s side after England beat New Zealand on Wednesday

Former captain Mohammad Yousuf is hoping for some kind of divine intervention so that Pakistan can qualify for the semi-finals of the World Cup 2019. Pakistan needs to bat first and beat Bangladesh by at least 311 runs in their final group game to stand a chance of advancing to the knockouts.

The equation became nearly impossible for Sarfaraz Ahmed’s side after England thrashed New Zealand by 119 runs at Chester-le-Street on Wednesday to reach the last four.

New Zealand is currently two points ahead of fifth-place Pakistan, whose final group game is against Bangladesh on Friday, but is highly unlikely to lose its place in the top four because of a far superior net run-rate than its rival.

“Pakistan is already out there are no doubts about it. But what if lightning strikes the Bangladesh team so that they are not able to play anymore or fall down. Or they become unfit all of a sudden. What if we have to chase just 10 runs in 1 over if such a situation arises only then can we qualify?

“The current scenario is very difficult. Even if you’re playing against a lowly-ranked side, winning by 316 runs against them is not going to be easy. Otherwise, we can only pray for the lightning to strike the opposition team,” Mohammad Yousuf joked on a local news channel in Pakistan.

For Pakistan to qualify, they need to bat first and beat Bangladesh by at least 311 runs if they post 350 on the board, or beat them by 316 runs if they post 400 or win by 321 runs if they manage a total of 450.

If Pakistan bowl first then they will be knocked out even before the first ball is bowled at Lord’s on Friday. New Zealand meanwhile, will qualify if Bangladesh beat Pakistan on Friday. They will also qualify if Bangladesh loses by a lesser margin than the ones mentioned in the scenarios above.

(This story originally appeared on IndiaToday)



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