In one last attempt to revive their hopes of going to the semi-finals of the 2019 World Cup, Pakistan face Bangladesh and will hope to beat the latter by a huge margin in order to convert their negative net run rate to a positive figure, higher than that of New Zealand's, in order to make it to the top four.
Pakistan won the toss and have elected to bat thereby increasing the chances of putting up a record total and reducing their run-rate deficit. Here's what they need to do to in order to proceed to the semi-finals:
The near impossible situation asks Pakistan to put more than 400 runs on board, batting first and it involves dismissing the Bangladesh side before they reach the triple-digit mark. Pakistan will need a 300 plus-run win against the Tigers by batting first.
Earlier, Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed said that a miracle could be on the cards and that the side might go on to make 500 runs. While some fans admired the confidence of the skipper, many fans criticized the 33-year-old for making impossible predictions.
"It is no hidden fact that we will have to beat Bangladesh by a margin of 300 plus runs while our task will be to set a target of 500 runs or so. We can get the opposition bowled out, it is possible but going with the trend of the tournament, 280 to 300 is what we are looking at", he said.
The Tigers are already out of the tournament, so they will be playing to gather two more points to their kitty and also cause a major upset to Pakistan. Sarfaraz Ahmed's men look like they are on a roll, as they hope against hope to play in the semis and keep their much-compared with 1992 campaign on a parallel surface. Pakistan have 9 points to their name with four victories from eight outings and have a net run-rate of -0.792.