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Here’s how Pakistan can qualify for the semifinals

When the Pakistan cricket team’s World Cup 2019 slogan ‘We have, we will’ was launched, the idea was to say that Pakistan has won the World Cup in the past and will do it again.

It seems Pakistan are trying to do it in the same manner in 2019 as they did in 1992. So far, Pakistan’s track and situation in the tournament is not much different from what it was 27 years ago.

Believe it or not, the results of the first six games in the World Cup 2019 are the same as Pakistan’s results in the seven six games of the 1992 tournament.

Pakistan lost to West Indies in the opening game on both occasions before winning its second, and the third game being washed out, both in 1992 and in 2019.

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – JUNE 26: Pakistan Fans look on from the crowd during the Group Stage match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between New Zealand and Pakistan at Edgbaston on June 26, 2019 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

The list of coincidences has another interesting fact: New Zealand were unbeaten in 1992 World Cup before they met Pakistan. And with today’s win, Pakistan has broken their winning streak again.

With so many similarities between 1992 and 2019, fans in Pakistan are definitely hoping for a similar result!

With a thumping win against New Zealand, Pakistan has improved its chances to qualify for the World Cup semi-finals. But still exists if and buts.

Here is a brief look at the scenarios;

Pakistan is now scheduled to play against Afghanistan and Bangladesh. Both the games are must-win for Sarfaraz’s team as in case England lose even one of its two remaining games against India and New Zealand respectively. Pakistan will qualify with 11 points.

The second scenario is a bit tricky and interesting, if Pakistan loses one of its remaining games against Afghanistan or Bangladesh, even then Pakistan can qualify but for it to happen England have to lose all its two games.

Pakistan and Bangladesh share seven points on the table. Bangladesh is above because of the Net run rate. Pakistan and Bangladesh now have to play two games.

Bangladesh has to play against Pakistan and India. In the case of England’s defeat in coming matches, Bangladesh will qualify for semis if it wins all its remaining two matches.

Sri Lanka will have to play South Africa, West Indies, and India. If Sri Lanka wins all its three games, they will be a point above Pakistan and Bangladesh. And in case England wins all its three games, it will be sharing 12 points with Sri Lanka. Team with the better run rate will qualify.

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