Published: Sat, July 06, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Hilarious suggestions as Pakistan face nearly impossible task of reaching semis

Hilarious suggestions as Pakistan face nearly impossible task of reaching semis

It was a sad end to the journey of one of the most unpredictable teams to play in the World Cup.

Pakistan secured 11 points in nine games, as many as New Zealand scored, but were ousted on an inferior net run-rate. Pakistan's unpredictability, and Bangladesh's new-found confidence after a good showing in the World Cup ensures that they are the slight favourites.

The World Cup's round-robin format - with each of the 10 teams facing each other once before the top four move into the semi-finals - has received mixed reviews, but Mashrafe relished the opportunity for Bangladesh to play all the top sides.

That impossible task was quickly put to bed as Bangladesh reached eight runs in the second over, allowing New Zealand to join Australia, India and England into the semi-finals.

Pakistan had already survived the opening hazard before the start of play as Sarfaraz Ahmed won the toss and chose to bat. Firstly, they can argue that they lost a point against Sri Lanka. He was referring to Pakistan's chances of going through to the last-four stage. Both team had five wins but the Black Caps advanced with a much superior net run-rate. 400 would have required a victory of 316 runs, bowling Bangladesh out for 84 or fewer, while reaching 450 would have needed them to bowl Bangladesh out for 129 or fewer - and win by 321 runs.

After winning the toss, Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed said they were looking to post a big total on the board.

"Bangladesh versus Pakistan at the lovely Lord's, there's no such thing as a dead rubber". Speaking on the eve of the clash, the wicketkeeper-batsman said, the team would give its best and try to score 500. I want to say sorry for Shakib, if we stepped up, the tournament could've been different. They needed their bowlers to rise to the occasion and help them end an otherwise frustrating World Cup campaign on a high.

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