Former Pakistan cricketer Mohammad Yousuf feels his country is already out of the ICC World Cup 2019 before their must-win clash against Bangladesh on July 5 (Friday) at Lord’s. Pakistan need to beat his opponents by 316 runs to leapfrog New Zealand to book a semifinal berth alongside Australia, India, and England.
It is an impossible task: Yousuf
The Men in Greens have lacked to cash on the closing situations which find themselves in a tricky situation. The equation is simple and not at all complex; Pakistan will have to bat first. They then need to score 400 and dismiss Bangladesh for 84. They need to beat Bangladesh by a margin of 316 runs which is not achieved in one-day cricket leave alone in the World Cup. On the other hand, if Bangladesh bat first, Pakistan will be out of the tournament.
Batting legend Mohammad Yousuf feels it is impossible for Pakistan to progress to the semifinals. He believes that Sarfaraz Ahmed & Co can only beat Bangladesh by such a margin if they are hit by lightning or if Pakistan score a massive total and then bowl out Bangladesh for ten runs. Moreover, Yousuf also stated that it is an impossible task to win a match by 316 runs.
“Pakistan is out of the World Cup there is no doubt about it,” he said to CricTracker. “Only if lightning strikes Bangladesh [or] they get all out for 10 runs, then only we have a chance. This scenario is very, very difficult. Even if you are playing against a [bad] team, to win by 316 runs, according to me, [is] a tough job,” Yousuf added.
Pakistan had the worst start possible losing to West Indies but bounced back to beat the favourites England. They have been unpredictable in the tournament and have lacked the killing instinct. Sarfaraz Ahmed & Co will come out all guns blazing and look to do the impossible at the Lord’s Cricket Ground.