Pakistan found themselves in a bizarre position, needing a 300-run victory over Bangladesh in order to displace fourth-placed New Zealand to proceed to the semi-finals. The Men in Green became victims of social media's mock fest as former cricketers and fans express shock, surprise, and humor at Pakistan's situation.
Indian spinner Ashwin Ravichandran took to Twitter to primarily express shock at the 311-run margin of victory that Pakistan required. Read the tweet here:
However, he did not stop there. A fan commented on Ashwin's tweet, suggesting that even mankading will not help Pakistan to beat Bangladesh by the near-impossible margin. The test spinner, who created ripples this IPL season for infamously Mankading Jos Buttler, replied to the fan taking a subtle dig at Pakistan. He said that Pakistan could try making 350 and attempt 10 run outs from the bowlers end in order to emerge victorious in the game. Read the tweet here:
Prior to the game, Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed had said that the team was expecting a miracle to help them reach the semi-finals and even made a sensational claim of being able to score 500 runs at the Lord's, London. The 33-year-old said that everyone knew that the odds were stacked against Pakistan but the team will try to post a high total and try defending it. While some admired the confidence of the skipper, the rest mocked the captain for his over-ambitious thought of putting such a mammoth total on board.
Pakistan are at the fifth position in the tournament table with 9 points from four victories. The biggest minus for Pakistan is their net run-rate which stands at -0.792 and hence, Pakistan needs the huge margin victory that will not only convert their run rate to the plus side but will also allow them to displace New Zealand from the fourth position and assure them of a berth in the semi-finals.