Pakistan needs nothing short of a miracle to qualify for the semi-finals, as they face Bangladesh in the last match of the group stage on 5 July. The Sarfaraz Ahmed- led side will have to beat Bangladesh by a humongous margin in order to go past New Zealand and qualify for the semi-finals, a task that is nearly impossible.
Skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed thinks so otherwise. At a pre-match press briefing, the 32-year old looked like he was keeping his hopes on a next level high, as he replied to a reporter's question on Pakistan's chances to qualify even if they beat the Tigers. Ahmed's reply left some wide-mouthed and shell-shocked while it tickled the ribs of many.
Yes, you read it right. Skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed said that the team would attempt to end the competition on a high note and would try to beat Bangladesh by a huge margin. He told the reporter that it was pretty much out in the open that Pakistan needed to beat Bangladesh by a margin of 300 plus runs or get them bowled out before they even hit the triple-digit mark. Indicating that a miracle could be on the cards, Ahmed said that the team would 'realistically' try to stick to the plan of beating the Tigers by a huge margin.
"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.
Here's the video of the golden words being uttered by the Pakistan captain. Watch it here:
New Zealand's loss to England meant Pakistan were shown the door in the tournament. However, the team believes otherwise. With the backing of calculated stats, the team believes that they still stand a chance, hoping to beat Bangladesh by a huge margin. Pakistan would need a huge victory to convert their minus run-rate to the plus side in order to dislodge New Zealand and creep into the top 4.
Bangladesh will take on Pakistan in the last match of the group stage for both the teams at Lord's. London on 5 July. 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.