How Pakistan can still qualify for the T20 World Cup semi-finals after defeating India, Zimbabwe | Cricket

Pakistan has failed to get their 2022 T20 World Cup campaign to a desired start and in fact have yet to open their account for the tournament after consecutive losses. Virat Kohli’s undefeated 82-run knockout in Melbourne last Sunday denied Pakistan a chance to match their historic Dubai feat 12 months back when they lost by four wickets in their World Cup opener. Three nights later, the Babar Azam-led side received a shock when they lost to a flight to Zimbabwe in Perth, balancing their campaign.

The double losses have dampened Pakistan’s chances of reaching the semi-finals in the T20 World Cup, but they are still in the game with any math possibility.

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How can Pakistan still qualify for the semi-finals of the World Cup T20?

Pakistan is currently fifth in the standings and is only the second team, apart from the Netherlands, to claim a point in Group 2 of the Super 12 stage of the T20 World Cup. Their net run rate of -0.050 separates them from the Netherlands (-1.625). Pakistan must of course win all of their remaining three matches – against the Netherlands (Perth), Bangladesh (Adelaide) and South Africa (Sydney) – to have a chance of reaching the semi-finals. However, Pakistan will also have to rely heavily on other factors.

Current Group 2 standings in ICC T20 World Cup 2022 (screen from t20worldcup.com)
Current Group 2 standings in ICC T20 World Cup 2022 (screen from t20worldcup.com)

The maximum profit that Pakistan can achieve if they win the next three matches is six points. India is currently the best seeded side in the group and is expected to reach the semi-finals with three games left for them. They win two more and India can finish first in Group 2, securing them a place in the semi-finals. Even if they win another one, a superior NRR will give them a head start in the race to the semi-finals.

For Pakistan to realize the semi-final dream, they need one between South Africa and Zimbabwe to win no more than one of their remaining three matches. Two wins will have South Africa, the second seeded side, with seven points, which will be more than the number of points Pakistan can get. The same goes for Zimbabwe, which is third in the group with three points.

Remaining Group 2 Matches

Sunday October 30: Bangladesh v Zimbabwe, The Gabba, Brisbane

Sunday 30 October: Netherlands v Pakistan, Perth Stadium

Sunday October 30: India v South Africa, Perth Stadium

Wednesday 02 November: Zimbabwe v Netherlands, Adelaide Oval

Wednesday 02 November: India v Bangladesh, Adelaide Oval

Thursday 03 November: Pakistan v South Africa, SCG, Sydney

Sunday 06 November: South Africa v Netherlands, Adelaide Oval

Sunday 06 November: Pakistan v Bangladesh, Adelaide Oval

Sunday 06 November: Zimbabwe v India, MCG, Melbourne

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