Pakistan's recent victory against Bangladesh at Eden Gardens, Kolkata, has kept them alive in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023.
The Men in Green had lost their previous four World Cup matches—against Australia, Afghanistan, South Africa, and India—but on Tuesday they finally prevailed.
The 1992 winners might go to the World Cup 2023 semifinals, but their chances of doing so will depend on how other countries do.
Under Babar Azam's leadership, Pakistan began the 2023 World Cup with two straight wins. Pakistan defeated Sri Lanka in the World Cup record run chase after winning their initial game against the Netherlands in Hyderabad.
However, Pakistan's performance has drastically declined after their October 14 matchup with India, the 2023 World Cup hosts. They were bowled out for 199 by India, who won the match at Ahmedabad's Narendra Modi Stadium by a comfortable seven wickets in 31 overs due to a weak batting effort.
?️ Bowling coach Morne Morkel breaks down the pacers' performance over the past two games and the overall mood in the camp ahead of tomorrow's #NZvPAK match ☄️#CWC23 | #DattKePakistani pic.twitter.com/Ifi5llt5xS— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) November 3, 2023
Pakistan's most recent victory has resulted in a small improvement in net run rate. Pakistan has two games remaining in the group stage and a net run rate of -0.024 after seven matches and six points.
Pakistan's next match in the round-robin group round is against New Zealand on Saturday, November 4, followed by a match against bottom-of-the-table England on November 11.
South Africa and India have performed at a higher level this season, and both teams have already qualified for the semifinals. New Zealand and Australia are presently in third and fourth place, respectively, with eight points apiece after six games.
Pakistan may go to the semifinals under the following scenarios:
It will be challenging to go to the knockout stage even if Pakistan wins their final two games. The Men in Green will hope that either Australia or New Zealand loses its final three group matches in this scenario.
For Pakistan to significantly raise their net run rate, they must also win both of their next two matches handily. The net run rate would be used to break a tie in the group stage if Pakistan finished with the same number of points as either Australia or New Zealand.
Pakistan's World Cup 2023 campaign would end in defeat. three victories, six points
Pakistan is going to be out of the competition. three victories and six points.
India has qualified for the semi-finals after defeating Sri Lanka by 302 runs on Thursday.