England convincingly beat New Zealand to make things a lot harder for Sarfaraz Ahmed’s men, but do they still have any chance of reaching the semi-final?
Pakistan are not technically out of the Cricket World Cup, but they need a mathematical miracle against already eliminated Bangladesh to go through.
How can Pakistan qualify for the Cricket World Cup semi-final?
Pakistan must beat the world record ODI cricket win (290 runs) to make it to the World Cup semi-final.
The full permutations are as follows:
If Pakistan score 350, they must win by 311 runs.
If Pakistan score 400, they must win by 316 runs.
If Pakistan score 450, they must win by 321 runs.
If Bangladesh wins the toss and chooses to bat, Pakistan are out before a ball has been bowled.
This is because you can only boost your run rate so much if you chasing a target, but it will not be enough to overtake New Zealand.
Pakistan will be expected to win this match comfortably, having only lost five matches in 36 to the Tigers in One-Day internationals.
That is a win percentage of 86.11%, only holding a better record over Zimbabwe in five or more matches.
Yet, their record chase does not bode well for them, losing in their last meeting between the two by 37 runs in September.
And even worse still, they have faced each other just once in a World Cup – with Pakistan losing by 62 runs.