How Pakistan Can Qualify For The World Cup 2023 Semi-Finals? Possible Scenarios Explained. On Tuesday, Pakistan, led by Babar Azam, returned to winning ways in the 2023 ICC World Cup, ending their losing streak with a must-win victory over Asian rivals Bangladesh at the Eden Gardens. Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman played a rapid innings, and Shaheen Shah Afridi excelled with the ball as Pakistan convincingly defeated Bangladesh by seven wickets in match No. 31 of the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 .
In the crucial ICC World Cup encounter at the well-known venue, Bangladesh batted first and managed to score only 204 runs. The match turned into a low-scoring total as speedsters Afridi and Mohammad Wasim Jr combined to take three wickets each for their team. With Fakhar Zaman’s explosive innings of 81 runs, Pakistan convincingly defeated Bangladesh by seven wickets, securing their third win in the ICC World Cup.
Before securing a victory against Shakib Al Hasan’s Bangladesh team, Pakistan faced defeats against arch-rivals India, Australia, and Afghanistan in the round-robin phase of the ICC World Cup. With this win, Pakistan has confirmed Bangladesh’s elimination from the semi-final race at the ICC World Cup.
What Are The Scenarios Of Pakistan Reaching The Semifinals?
The victory over Bangladesh has increased Pakistan’s total points to six. With two games remaining against New Zealand and England, Pakistan can potentially accumulate a total of 10 points if they secure victories in both matches. While there are various scenarios to consider, the simplest path for Pakistan to reach the semi-finals is to win their remaining games and depend on Australia and New Zealand losing all of their remaining matches.
Additionally, they would need Afghanistan to win no more than one match out of their remaining three matches. This would result in all the mentioned teams having eight points, allowing Babar’s team to qualify for the semi-finals with 10 points.
Pakistan can secure qualification even if Australia and New Zealand each win one game. However, in this scenario, Babar Azam’s team must focus on achieving substantial victories to improve their run rate because all three teams will be tied at 10 points. The teams with superior run rates will ultimately secure qualification.