ICC T20 World Cup 2022: How can Pakistan still qualify for semis?

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How can Pakistan still qualify for semis

The men in green, who are presently in third place on the points chart, must defeat Bangladesh in their final match on Sunday in order remain in contention for the semis. Let us find here How can Pakistan still qualify for semis?

But it is not as simple as it looks like. So, let’s find out what are the possibilities for How can Pakistan still qualify for semis the ICC T20 World Cup 2022.

Can Pakistan qualify for semi-final of T20 World Cup 2022?

Pakistan started the tournament on a bad note with losing to India in their first game. However, India being the strongest team in the group and the No. 1 team in the world right now their defeat against them was still acceptable.

But what was hard to digest their loss against Zimbabwe. The match had first appeared to be a cakewalk for the men in green. But it turned out to be their worst nightmare; nonetheless, they had no idea they would lose to Zimbabwe.

Their door nearly shut after suffering two straight losses. But they managed to come back with 2 consecutive wins then. And now their hopes now rest with both Netherlands and Zimbabwe.

There are, however, two scenarios in front of them to qualify.

They must first wish for Netherlands to defeat South Africa since, in that scenario, they will proceed with India with six points each. And if that doesn’t happen, they should wish that India loses against Zimbabwe in their final match because Pakistan has a superior run rate than India and would qualify alongside South Africa if India lost, which is extremely unlikely.

Bangladesh has four points as well, but due to a terrible run rate, their hopes of qualifying depend on Netherlands defeating South Africa.

Reasons behind Pakistan’s mixed run in T20 World Cup 2022?

Despite the fact that the men in green managed to score respectably in every game. And what Mohammad Harris did while batting at No. 3 against South Africa was clearly seen, as his innings of 28 in just 11 changed the entire game’s outcome, and Pakistan went on to defeat South Africa, but are still struggling to qualify.

The real cause of concern and reason behind their debacle was Pakistan’s stunning opening pair of Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam has fallen short in this tournament.

Their fast bowlers, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf and Naseem Shah, who are considered to be as the deadliest bowling combination before the start of the marquee event hasn’t performed as per the expectation.

However, Pakistan’s batsmen at positions 5, 6, and 7 performed admirably against South Africa. And that is what exactly they needed in the crucial game as well.

Bangladesh put up a valiant fight against India, but ultimately fell short by a score of 5 runs. It would be challenging for Bangladesh to defeat Pakistan, who have soundly defeated the Proteas.

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