Pakistan need a win today to keep them in contention
India’s victory over Bangladesh in the T20 World Cup 2022 Group 2 match on Wednesday has made things more difficult for Pakistan to go ahead in the tournament.
India’s win has all but confirmed their qualification for the semi-finals, but all hopes are not lost for Pakistan as they are yet to play two more games, and if some results go their way, they can still book a spot in the semi-finals.
Two scenarios Pakistan can qualify
Pakistan’s match against India was a thrilling affair and it went down to the last over. In the end, India managed to get win. The loss that hurt Pakistan the most was against Zimbabwe. Even though did defeat the Netherlands to keep their semi-final hopes alive, the situation is now quite ideal.
Scenario 1: They win both of their matches (against South Africa and Bangladesh), and South Africa go on to lose against the Netherlands. Pakistan will qualify for the semi-finals even if the Netherlands vs South Africa game is abandoned due to rain.
Scenario 2: Pakistan win both of their matches (against South Africa and Bangladesh), and India goes on to lose against Zimbabwe by a big margin so that their Net Run Rate drops below Pakistan
Scenario 1 looks a little more possible, even though both scenarios would be tough to achieve
South Africa: : (possible) 1 Quinton de Kock (wk), 2 Temba Bavuma (capt), 3 Rilee Rossouw, 4 Aiden Markram, 5 David Miller, 6 Tristan Stubbs, 7 Wayne Parnell, 8 Keshav Maharaj, 9 Anrich Nortje 10 Lungi Ngidi/Tabraiz Shamsi, 11 Kagiso Rabada.
Pakistan: 1 Mohammad Rizwan (wk), 2 Babar Azam (capt), 3 Shan Masood, 4 Asif Ali, 5 Iftikhar Ahmed, 6 Shadab Khan, 7 Mohammed Nawaz, 8 Mohammed Wasim, 9 Shaheen Shah Afridi, 10 Haris Rauf, 11 Naseem Shah.
Stats and trivia
- Pakistan has a 3-0 win record against South Africa at the T20 World Cup, even though they last met in 2012.
- The average first innings score in Sydney at this tournament so far is 188, the highest of the venues used.
Pakistan first needs to beat South Africa on Thursday to keep themselves afloat in the tournament. A defeat today would end all their hopes.