Pakistan have lost 2 of their first 3 group matches at the T20 World Cup© AFP
India’s victory over Bangladesh in the Group 2 match of the T20 World Cup 2022 on Wednesday all but confirmed qualification for the semi-finals. Although there are still some permutations and combinations that Rohit Sharma & Co. can overlook, the win over Bangladesh gave their case a huge boost. At the same time, the result has seriously jeopardized Pakistan’s qualification chances. But all hope is not yet lost for Pakistan. Babar Azam & Co have two games left in the tournament and if some other results go their way they can still secure their ticket to the last four.
Pakistan alone is to blame for the situation it is in now. The game against India was such a close affair that it could have gone either way. In the end, the Indian team deservedly emerged as the winner.
Against Zimbabwe, Pakistan missed the plan and suffered an unexpected defeat. Babar’s men defeated the Netherlands to keep their semi-final hopes alive, but the situation is now quite skewed.
Scenario 1:Pakistan wins both games (against South Africa and Bangladesh) and South Africa loses against the Netherlands. Pakistan will qualify for the semi-finals even if the match between the Netherlands and South Africa is abandoned due to rain.
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) November 2, 2022
Scenario 2:Pakistan win both games (against South Africa and Bangladesh) and India lose to Zimbabwe by a wide margin, lowering their net run rate below that of Pakistan.
In practice, the second scenario seems incredibly less plausible compared to the first, although both scenarios are not the easiest for Pakistan to achieve.
Babar Azam’s side need to beat South Africa first on Thursday to stay afloat in the tournament. A loss to the Proteas would destroy all his hopes.
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