The challenge before Babar Azam is big (Photo: AFP)
They say that the condition is such that it is difficult to even breathe. Pakistan is in a similar serious situation in the World Cup 2023, from which they have only one way out – to raise the level of their own game so much that all other things become secondary to it. If he plays well then the problems will end automatically. But, if this is not done then the situation may become such for Pakistan that even a single run may prove costly.
The top 3 teams of World Cup 2023 have been confirmed. Meaning, 3 out of four teams have been finalized for the semi-finals. Now the whole exercise is about one team. The competition for the last spot of the semi-finals is triangular, in which apart from New Zealand and Afghanistan, there is also a team Pakistan.
NRR affair between Pakistan, New Zealand and Afghanistan
In the points table, Pakistan, New Zealand and Afghanistan have 8 points each. Still, Pakistan team is below New Zealand and Afghanistan below it. Despite having the same number of points between these three, the difference is in the net run rate. New Zealand’s net run rate is better than Pakistan. Whereas Pakistan is better than Afghanistan.
This is a good thing for Pakistan
The good thing for Pakistan is that it has to play its last group match against England on 11th November. Meaning New Zealand and Afghanistan would have played their last matches by then. In this situation, Pakistan would know very well what it has to do?
This is how Pakistan will be discussed
If New Zealand and Afghanistan lose their respective matches, then Pakistan’s work will be done only with victory. But if New Zealand or Afghanistan win by a good margin, then Pakistan will have to win and also have to take care of the net run rate. Kiwi team is bowling first against Sri Lanka. But, according to a statistic, if they had batted first in this match and won the match by 1 run, then in that case Pakistan would have had to win their match against England by a huge margin of at least 130 runs.