The Pakistan cricket team will take on Bangladesh in an all-important clash in the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 on Tuesday, October 31 at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. They have had a torrid run in the tournament so far. They started off the tournament well, but have lost their way and are in a dire situation.
Pakistan are placed seventh on the points table with four points from six matches, winning two out of those. They are on a four-match losing streak after winning the first two. They lost to South Africa in their recent game in a thrilling affair. The loss has further hampered their campaign as well as their chances of qualifying for the knockouts of the ICC ODI World Cup 2023.
How can Pakistan qualify for the knockouts?
Pakistan has three matches left in the ICC ODI World Cup 2023. They will take on Bangladesh, New Zealand and England in their remaining three matches. They need a massive turnaround to qualify for the knockout stages of the tournament. Pakistan needs to win all three matches left and get to 10 points. With that, they also need one of Australia and New Zealand to lose atleast two of their remaining three matches. Both teams are on eight points from six matches.
Pakistan also needs Sri Lanka to lose at least one of their remaining three matches. They are tied with Pakistan on four points currently. Afghanistan also needs to lose two of its remaining three matches. If Afghanistan wins two, and Pakistan wins all of their remaining three, the team with the better NRR will qualify.
In the above-mentioned scenario:
Australia/New Zealand – Lose two of their remaining three matches
Sri Lanka – Lose atleast one match
Afghanistan – Needs to lose two matches
In this scenario, Pakistan reaches 10 points and ties with Australia/New Zealand (the team that loses two matches). While, Sri Lanka will stay on eight points, and Afghanistan on eight points. Pakistan also has to ensure their NRR gets better, to avoid elimination in case of tied points.