Qualification scenarios: How Pakistan can qualify for World Cup semis?

Men in Green kept their hopes alive with win over New Zealand

Qualification scenarios: How Pakistan can qualify for World Cup semis? PHOTO COURTESY: PCB

Pakistan kept their hopes alive of advancing to the semi-finals of the 2019 International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup, after a win against New Zealand at Edgbaston on Wednesday.

Pakistan had a far from impressive start to the tournament when they were rolled over, comprehensively, by West Indies in their opening game of the tournament but they bounced back strongly to register a win against tournament favourites England.

But from there onwards, Pakistan’s campaign went sideways with a washout against Sri Lanka and consecutive defeats against defending champions Australia and arch-rivals India.

Pakistan are now once again back in contention for the final four spots after back-to-back wins against South Africa and New Zealand. But they still need to win their remaining two matches against Afghanistan and Bangladesh — which should mean that their points tally would reach 11 points.

But despite that qualification will not be guaranteed because Pakistan still need either England to lose one of their remaining fixtures or one of New Zealand or India to lose all of their remaining matches.

Pakistan will play Afghanistan in Leeds on June 29 before concluding their group-stage campaign against Bangladesh at Lord's on July 5.