T20 World Cup: Pakistan on a wing and a prayer as early exist looms


Pakistan made a surprising comeback after registering complete back-to-back victories of their must-win matches and stored some slim hopes alive for the semi-final. 

The last-match win means Pakistan can nonetheless attain the semi-finals in the event that they win their match in opposition to Bangladesh on Sunday and different outcomes additionally go their means. They’re counting on India or South Africa dropping their ultimate video games. India faces Zimbabwe and the Proteas the Netherlands.

Pakistan has regained their momentum. The center order can be heading in the right direction because it confirmed its correct intent to play aggressive cricket in keeping with the state of affairs and group necessities. Pakistan’s bowling mixtures additionally appeared very harmful as they simply tackled Proteas batters on Thursday.

Zimbabwe´s Regis Chakabva celebrates the victory as Pakistan’s Shaheen Shah Afridi lies on the pitch on the finish of the ICC Twenty20 World Cup match in opposition to Zimbabwe in Perth on October 27, 2022. — AFP

However the unforgettable last-ball defeat in opposition to Zimbabwe may show to be very pricey for Pakistan as T20 World Cup early exits looms.

Netherlands vs South Africa

On Sunday, the primary very important conflict might be between the Netherlands and South Africa at Adelaide. 

The Dutch facet is already out of the match. South Africa haven’t secured their semi-final spot after dropping two essential factors in opposition to Pakistan. 

If South Africa wins this match over the Netherlands, then they advance to the semi-final stage primarily based on seven factors. But when an upset occurs then Pakistan’s semi-final berth might be confirmed, offered they beat Bangladesh.

South Africa squad: Temba Bavuma (c), Quinton de Kock, Heinrich Klaasen, Reeza Hendricks, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Wayne Parnell, Kagiso Rabada,Rilee Rossouw, Tabraiz Shamsi, Tristan Stubbs, and Marco Jansen.

Standby gamers: Bjorn Fortuin, Andile Phehlukwayo, and Lizaad Williams.

Netherlands squad: Scott Edwards (c), Colin Ackermann, Shariz Ahmad, Logan van Beek, Tom Cooper, Brandon Glover, Timm van der Gugten, Fred Klaassen, Bas de Leede, Paul van Meekeren, Roelof van der Merwe, Stephan Myburgh, Teja Nidamanuru, Max O’Dowd, Tim Pringle, and Vikram Singh.

Pakistan vs Bangladesh

Pakistan have many benefits in comparison with Bangladesh attributable to a greater web run charge within the factors desk. Each Asian groups will face one another in Adelaide after the Netherlands and South Africa conflict. Up to now 5 appearances, Pakistan have by no means misplaced in opposition to Bangladesh in a T20 World Cup match.

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, and Shan Masood.

Standby gamers: Usman Qadir, Mohammad Haris, Shahnawaz Dahani.

Bangladesh squad: Shakib Al Hasan (captain), Nurul Hasan, Afif Hossain, Ebadot Hossain, Hasan Mahmud, Litton Das, Mehidy Hassan Miraz, Mustafizur Rahman, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Shoriful Islam, Soumya Sarkar, Musaddek Hossain, Nasum Ahmed, Taskin Ahmed, and Yasir Ali Chowdhury.

Standby gamers: Mahedi Hasan, Rishad Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, and Mohammad Saifuddin

India vs Zimbabwe

India additionally awaits their ultimate match in opposition to Zimbabwe. The 2 will meet at Melbourne Cricket Floor on the identical day. The qualification situation could have been cleared earlier than the start of the Zimbabwe and India match as a result of Pakistan and Bangladesh match could have been performed. Pakistan, who misplaced their second match in opposition to Zimbabwe, will pray for Zimbabwe to win. If India win, they’ll qualify for the semi-finals.

India squad: Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Arshdeep Singh, and Mohammad Shami.

Standby gamers: Mohammed Siraj, Shreyas Iyer, Ravi Bishnoi, Shardul Thakur.

Zimbabwe squad: Craig Ervine (c), Ryan Burl, Regis Chakabva, Tendai Chatara, Bradley Evans, Luke Jongwe, Clive Madande, Wesley Madhevere, Wellington Masakadza, Tony Munyonga, Blessing Muzarabani, Richard Ngarava, Sikandar Raza, Milton Shumba, and Sean Williams.

Standby gamers: Tanaka Chivanga, Harmless Kaia, Kevin Kasuza, Tadiwanashe Marumani, Victor Nyauchi.

Can Pakistan nonetheless qualify for the semis?

The hopes of a Pakistan look within the semi-finals will depend on different outcomes. Ought to the Netherlands or Zimbabwe register a win over South Africa or India, respectively, then Pakistan could have an opportunity, however they would wish to win their recreation in opposition to Bangladesh.

If the Netherlands handle to beat the Proteas, a win over Bangladesh will see Pakistan leapfrog South Africa to 6 factors whereas Bavuma’s males will stay on 5. If Zimbabwe defeats India, Pakistan could possibly be stage on factors with India. Given each groups would then have the identical variety of wins, the deciding issue would be the web run charge, which is the place Pakistan (+1.117) presently maintain an edge over India (+0.730).

Team standings of Group 2: Source ICC T20 World Cup official website
Staff standings of Group 2: Supply ICC T20 World Cup official web site

If each outcomes from the opposite matches favour Pakistan, then they’ll even prime Group 2 — one thing that appears extraordinarily unlikely after their losses to India and Zimbabwe. Furthermore, South Africa and India should declare victories of their matches to finish up within the semis.

Remaining Group 2 Fixtures

6 November: South Africa v Netherlands, Adelaide Oval.

6 November: Pakistan v Bangladesh, Adelaide Oval.

6 November: Zimbabwe v India, MCG, Melbourne.


— Thumbnail and Header picture of Pakistan’s Shaheen Shah Afridi (C) celebrating with teammates after dismissing South Africa’s Quinton de Kock in the course of the 2022 ICC T20 World Cup cricket match match between Pakistan and South Africa on the Sydney Cricket Floor (SCG) on November 3, 2022 is taken from AFP.





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