Josh Hazlewood, Pakistan
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England’s win over New Zealand has all but shut down the doors of the semifinals for Pakistan. The Men in Green required New Zealand to win against England but it wasn’t to be the case as the hosts won convincingly won by 119 runs. Pakistan will now need nothing short of a miracle to make the cut into the last four of the tournament.

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New Zealand has a net run rate of +0.75 whereas Pakistan has a net run rate of -0.792. Thus, Pakistan needs to win against Bangladesh by a gargantuan margin to get through to the semifinals.

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Pakistan national cricket team (Image Credit: Twitter)

Here is how Pakistan can still get into the semifinals.

If Pakistan score 308 runs, they will need to bowl out Bangladesh for zero runs.

If they score 350 runs, they will need to skittle out the Tigers for 39 runs.

If they get 400 runs, they will need to bundle out Mashrafe Mortaza-led side for 84 runs.

If they score 450, they will need to get Bangladesh out for 129 runs.

If Pakistan post 500, they will need to get Bangladesh out for 174 runs.

And if Pakistan bowl second then Pakistan doesn’t stand a chance to qualify for the semifinals.

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On the other hand, England was able to confirm their qualification after their win against New Zealand. Australia and India have already qualified for the last four of the tournament.

Meanwhile, England came up with a fine performance against the Kiwis. England posted a competitive score of 305 runs after Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy added a fine alliance of 123 runs. Bairstow scored his second back to back hundred whereas Jason Roy continued his good form going with a fifty. Thus, Bairstow was awarded the Man of the match.

On the other hand, Mark Wood scalped three wickets for the hosts. Tom Latham played with gumption and he was the only player from New Zealand to score a fifty.

Gautam Chauhan

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