In the ICC Cricket World Cup, Australia’s victory against Afghanistan not only secured their place in the semi-finals but also paved the way for Pakistan. So far, India, Australia, and South Africa have qualified for the semi-finals, while Pakistan doesn’t face a significantly tough challenge to reach the semi-finals.
Glenn Maxwell’s heroics in Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium boosted Afghanistan’s hopes of reaching the semi-finals. Looking at the points table, India, South Africa, and Australia have secured their places in the last four, while the battle for the third spot continues among New Zealand, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.
Afghanistan’s last match is against South Africa, but their run rate is currently behind Pakistan’s. This means Afghanistan needs not only to win their last match but to win it by a considerable margin. So, Pakistan’s path to the semi-finals looks favorable.
How can Pakistan qualify for the semi-finals?
Pakistan’s qualification for the semi-finals depends on the result of the New Zealand vs. Sri Lanka match. If New Zealand loses the match or it’s washed out due to rain, Pakistan only needs to defeat England to secure a semi-final spot.
If New Zealand defeats Sri Lanka, Pakistan will have to beat England by a significant margin to qualify.
- If New Zealand wins, Pakistan must defeat England by a significant margin.
- If New Zealand loses, Pakistan needs a victory against England.
- If the New Zealand vs. Sri Lanka match is abandoned due to rain, Pakistan only needs to beat England.
So, Pakistan still has a good chance to make it to the semi-finals if they perform well in their remaining matches.