In order for Pakistan to make it to the T20 World Cup semi-finals, it is imperative that both India and South Africa lose to Bangladesh and the Netherlands, two teams that are considered to be underdogs.
Pakistan has to win all their remaining matches, including Thursday’s vital match against confident South Africa. Still, the Men in Green can only advance to the semi-finals if India loses to Bangladesh on Wednesday.
Two matches between India and South Africa will determine whether or not Pakistan advances to the ICC T20 World Cup semi-finals. First, suppose Pakistan wins their next two matches. In that case, Bangladesh shocks India on Wednesday, and India defeats Zimbabwe on Sunday. All three Asian teams (Pakistan, India, and Sri Lanka) might finish with six points in Group 2. One squad will make it to the final four based on their NRR.
India’s NRR would plummet after a loss, whereas Pakistan’s 0.765 NRR is virtually squeaky clean. If Pakistan can beat South Africa and Bangladesh in their final two matches and the Netherlands can beat South Africa on Sunday, then Pakistan will have a chance to advance to the semi-finals.
Pakistan would win by six points and have a better net run rate than South Africa. Second Group Games Yet to Be Played This Saturday, November 2, at Adelaide Oval, Zimbabwe, will take on the Netherlands. On November 2, 2018, at Adelaide Oval, India will play Bangladesh.
Pakistan squad: Babar Azam (c), Shadab Khan, Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shan Masood.
Standby players: Usman Qadir, Mohammad Haris, Shahnawaz Dahan.
Remaining Group 2 Fixtures
- 2 November: Zimbabwe v Netherlands, Adelaide Oval
- 2 November: India v Bangladesh, Adelaide Oval
- 3 November: Pakistan v South Africa, SCG, Sydney
- 6 November: South Africa v Netherlands, Adelaide Oval
- 6 November: Pakistan v Bangladesh, Adelaide Oval
- 6 November: Zimbabwe v India, MCG, Melbourne