Qualifying Scenarios for Pakistan at ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

Wednesday, 03 Jul, 2019

Pakistan overcame a stiff and spirited challenge from Afghanistan and escaped with a three-wicket win with two balls to spare at Leeds.

While Mickey Arthur's men are dispensing all the "cricketainment" a team possibly can, it wouldn't hurt Pakistan to infuse a little consistency in the formula they have created.

Mohammed Shami's match-winning hat-trick against Afghanistan has been India's most eye-catching moment with the ball, but Jasprit Bumrah is the star of the attack. Cummins has gone wicketless across 18 overs in the past two matches, for 108 runs, but Langer backed the pace bowler for success against New Zealand. Australia can take on Australia without any change in the match. "We played India last summer at Edgbaston and we enjoyed it and did our job". Who is the dark horse in the semi-final race?

"They have quality spinners and we have seen a lot of videos to try and work out their variations", Haris said.

Australia have now won 15 of their last 16 ODIs. It is really nice to know we are in the semi-final.

The defending champions have improved as the tournament has gone on and look capable of claiming a sixth World Cup title.

The time may have come for New Zealand to tinker. A couple of unexpected results, in the coming week, might just allow either Bangladesh or even Pakistan, to sneak in to make things, let us say, a bit more interesting.

Pakistan and Bangladesh share seven points on the table.

Vince is only in the squad because England ditched regular back-up batsman Alex Hales for a second positive test for recreational drug use - a decision taken on the grounds of maintaining team "culture" that they could live to regret.

What's more concerning for the hosts is that their remaining two group games come against India and New Zealand - two of the strongest outfits. They meet on Saturday at Lord's in a day-night match.

As Pakistan gear up for keeping the 1992-dream alive, they have to ensure they are not "mercurial" anymore. Pakistan will qualify with 11 points. In such a scenario, Pakistan will make it to the semi-finals. They now need to beat West Indies and India to have any chance of making it to the knockouts. Three of their wins in the World Cup have been by the narrowest of margins, and some will consider them lucky to have got one point off India from a washout at Trent Bridge.

It was the two seasoned campaigners Malinga and Angelo Mathews who were the architects of Sri Lanka's victory. There are a number of things we could have done slightly better. They may well already have enough points. He is expected to feature in Sri Lanka's next match against West Indies on Monday.