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World Cup 2023: How Can Pakistan Still Qualify For Semifinal After Defeat Vs Afghanistan

Pakistan's World Cup Dreams Dangle by a Thread After Crushing Defeat

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Pakistan’s World Cup 2023 journey is veering into treacherous waters after a demoralizing loss against arch-rivals Afghanistan at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. The Babar Azam-led squad, facing their third consecutive defeat, now treads a perilous path in the mid-table melee, vying for a top-four spot alongside Australia and Afghanistan, both boasting four points.

 

The Looming Challenge

Australia holds the advantage with a game in hand, while teams like Bangladesh, Netherlands, Sri Lanka, and England lurk below, eyeing the opportunity to leapfrog the faltering Pakistani side. The task ahead is colossal, with India and New Zealand perched comfortably atop the points table, leaving Pakistan with a significant point deficit.

 

Critical Imperative

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A Herculean effort is required for Pakistan to resurrect their World Cup aspirations. The equation is straightforward – they must triumph in all remaining four matches. The bitter memory of the 2019 World Cup, where, despite securing 11 points and five wins, they missed the semifinals, looms large. Thus, rain playing spoilsport is unlikely, placing added pressure on Pakistan to secure six wins or rely on fortuitous results.

 

Net Run Rate Resurgence

Beyond victories, the Pakistani side must rejuvenate their Net Run Rate, currently languishing in the negative. The bitter lesson from the previous edition was a missed semifinal berth due to a subpar NRR. Therefore, the stakes are high; every run will count as they strive for a positive NRR.

 

The Journey Ahead

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The road to redemption is lined with formidable opponents. South Africa, resolute in the third spot, awaits in Chennai. This will be followed by encounters with Bangladesh in Kolkata, New Zealand in Bengaluru, and England in Kolkata. One wrong step and Pakistan faces an early exit from the tournament. As the World Cup narrative unfolds, Pakistan stands at a crossroads, needing not just wins but a cricketing miracle. The upcoming clashes will test their mettle, and with every boundary, their fate hangs in the balance. The cricketing world watches with bated breath as Pakistan battles to keep their World Cup dreams alive.

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