I believe that if Fakhar (Zaman) had remained at the crease, we could have chased even 450 runs. When he plays innings like this, we win 90 percent of the matches.
When Pakistan cricket team captain Babar Azam said this after the end of the match against New Zealand, there was not only the happiness of victory but also the satisfaction of remaining in the race for the World Cup semi-finals.
When New Zealand, playing first, had exposed Pakistani bowling and scored a mountain of 400 runs in this match, it seemed that the doors for Pakistan were closed.
But in reply, Pakistan showed great skill in batting, crossed the mark of 200 in 25 overs and due to the match not being extended due to rain, it was declared the winner by Duckworth-Lewis rule. The fans of Pakistan termed this victory as 'an act of nature.
This match also ensured that the fight for the fourth place in the next round of the Cricket World Cup continues and the subsequent matches do not become 'dead rubber. After the end of the match played on November 5, the situation looked like this.
Current points: 16, maximum possible points: 18
The Indian team is on top with 16 points. No matter how hard any team tries, it cannot reach where India stands in the points table. Apart from this, one match is yet to be played against Netherlands. Win or lose, in any case it will top the table and play the semi-finals against the fourth-placed team.
Current points: 12, maximum possible points: 14
At second place is South Africa, which has 12 points, and has also booked its seat in the semi-finals. If it loses at most further matches, it can slide to third place instead of second. But no one can shake his claim to reach the next round.
Current points: 10, maximum possible points: 14
Australia is currently seen at the third position, which has a total of 10 points. What works in his favor is that he has played only seven matches so far.
He has two matches left, and if he wins one more match by a decent margin then he will get the third place in the semi-finals.
If they win both the matches, they will be on second position at the end of the league round and South Africa will slip to the bottom. He can go ahead even if he loses both the matches.
Now let's talk about that seat for which the real fight is going on. This is the fourth position of the table, where currently New Zealand, Pakistan and Afghanistan are seen crowded with eight points each.
Despite all three teams having equal points, Kiwi team (+0.398) is on top on the basis of NRR, followed by Pakistan (+0.036) and then Afghan team (-0.330).
Out of these three, one team will go ahead and all the remaining teams will return to their homes. But which team will that be, the whole game is about this. Understand its multiplication like this.
Current points: 8, maximum possible points: 10
First of all let's talk about New Zealand. The Kiwi team still looks to be in a very good position. The defeat against Pakistan in the rain-affected match has spoiled his game a bit. Pakistan and Afghanistan appear to be at par. But if it wins its match against Sri Lanka by a good margin, then it will get a ticket for the semi-finals.
The problem is that this match is to be played in Bengaluru, where it is to be played on November 9 and there is a possibility of rain there. The Kiwi team would be praying that Lord Indra should stay away from the field that day.
Current points: 8, maximum possible points: 10
Pakistan team looked to be out of the tournament after losing to India, Afghanistan and South Africa. But as often happens with this team, the same thing happened.
Repeating their old habit of 'running and catching the car', Pakistan first defeated Bangladesh and then with the help of rain and glory, they managed to win the match against New Zealand. Pakistan has to play the next match against England, which it will have to win at any cost.
And also we have to pray that New Zealand loses to Sri Lanka or the match gets washed out by rain. Or they can beat England by such a huge margin that they leave New Zealand's net run rate behind.
Overall, Pakistan has to play its matches well and also keep a close eye on others' matches.
Current points: 8, maximum possible points: 12
The solid win against the Netherlands has kept the hopes of the semi-finals alive in the hearts of the Afghans. But the coming times are going to be difficult.
They have to play the next two matches against Australia and South Africa.
If he wins both the matches then the path to the semi-finals will be cleared. New Zealand's defeat against Pakistan has brought relief to Afghanistan, but it will have to win the difficult matches to come.