Pakistan's ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 campaign had freakish similarities to their title-winning run under mercurial Imran Khan in 1992, but their dependence on other teams to make the knock-outs have backfired in a brutal manner.
On Wednesday, England thrashed New Zealand to justify the favourites tag given to them and also entered the semifinals for the first time since 1992. Ironically, it also effectively ended 1992 champions Pakistan's campaign.
After resurrecting their campaign after losing to India, Pakistan needed either their arch-rivals or the Kiwis to beat England. On the contrary, both sides suffered big defeats. Pakistani fans and former players claimed that India deliberately lose the match to keep their traditional rivals away from the semifinals. Well, it seems like the Kiwis also don't want to see Pakistan in the semifinals.
England's 119-run win in Chester-le-Street on Wednesday left Pakistan with an improbable task of beating Bangladesh, in their final group match by some astronomical margins overtake New Zealand at fourth.
Here's a look at the permutations:
Pakistan need to beat Bangladesh -
- by 311 runs after scoring 350,
- by 316 runs after scoring 400,
- by 321 runs after scoring 450;
- If Bangladesh bat first, Pakistan are as good as eliminated.
The net run rate for Pakistan is currently at -0.792, as against New Zealand's +0.175. The whole hoopla is surrounding this net differential.
Now, sadly for Pakistani fans, there will be no talks of 2019 is 1992. Read hilarious fan reactions:
So this is what Pakistan need to do to qualify for the semi-finals:— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) July 3, 2019
If Pakistan make 350, they need to bowl Bangladesh out for 38
If Pakistan score 400, they need to bowl Bangladesh out for 84
If Bangladesh bat first, there is no chance of Pakistan qualifying#CWC19 #PAKvBAN
My prediction for friday match. ðÂÂÂÂÂ¤£ðÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ— Kawser Ahmed Shishir (@KAS_shishir) July 3, 2019
Mustafizur 4/5 Saifuddin 6/5
Hat-trick by both bowlers. ðÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂðÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂªðÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ #BANvPAK
What if Pakistan makes 1000 runs and beg Bangladesh not to chase and declare Pakistan as a winner. Can we then enter into semis.— Zubair Mohammad Khan (@Abhishek9183384) July 3, 2019
Only 1 possibility to reach into the semi final..— Raja Ghufran Rehman (@ghufrancc) July 3, 2019
Give batting to Pakistan.
450 plus score &
Bangladesh out on 100.
It will not happen.
Braithwaite missed 6
Big loss from kali aandhi
Give 2 points to ausis
If there is a God, then Pakistan will score 350 runs and bowl out Bangladesh for 39 and qualify for the Semifinals.— Anand Ranganathan (@ARanganathan72) July 3, 2019
Sick of these "Pakistan chances to Semi..." type tweets..— Rubina Anwar (@RubinaAnwar_) July 3, 2019
Hunr bs kr dyo ALLAH da wasta ehðÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ
hm Semi final se out ho chuky hain. Thats it!
Acha Wese waqai agar hum Bangladesh ko 311 runs se hra den to chances hain na qualify krny k??
Fair enough we’re not making Semi’s but New Zealand are so undeserving of that 4th spot. Lost to both Australia and England comprehensively and luckily got a point coz of rain against India. Got beat by Pakistan as well and somehow scraped Bangladesh— Hassan Bashir (@Hassan_B19) July 3, 2019
After doing all the calculations to see the best possible scenario under which Pakistan can qualify for the Semis is that we should win the toss, score 350 plus, then lock the Bangladesh team in the toilet during the lunch break.#CricketWorldCup2019#CWcup2019— AAlam (@AlamUnjum) July 3, 2019
Pakistan play Bangladesh on July 5 (Friday) at Lord's in London. Byt the way, the improbable equation notwithstanding, Pakistan have lost four matches to Bangladesh.