Pakistan have commenced their innings as they have a mammoth task of posting more than 400 runs on board, in order for them to convert their net run rate, which is in the negative mark, in order to overtake New Zealand on the tournament table. The Men in Green's chances of making it to the semi-final saw a marginal rise with the toss going n their favor. However, the task has barely begun for Sarfaraz Ahmed's team.
Prior to the match, former Indian cricketer and Hindi commentator Aakash Chopra took to Twitter to take a dig at Pakistan while also pointing out reality to them. In a witty format, Chopra said that in good news, the pitch at Lord's was meant for making 500 plus runs but that 500 plus runs will be the contribution of both the teams' batting, terming that as bad news. Chopra went on to point out that if the team decided to bat first, then a realistic total of 280 runs was defendable.
Read his tweet here:
Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed had earlier said that the team was expecting a miracle and that scoring 500 runs might just be on the cards for the Men in Green. The 33-year-old said that it was out in the open that Pakistan had to win by a huge margin against Bangladesh and said that the team might just go on to make 500 runs while also dismissing Bangladesh in double digits.
Pakistan's obsession with the huge victory margin stems from the team's desperate need to boost their net run rate and convert it to a positive figure. Only then will they be able to displace New Zealand and enter the semi-finals. The team's hope of reenacting the 1992 World Cup run that saw them emerging as champions is hanging on a fine thread as they have a preposterous task in hand. Currently, Pakistan's net run-rate is -0.792 and they are 5th in the tournament table with nine points.