Notwithstanding Australia’s thrilling triumph over Afghanistan propelled by the miraculous knock of Glenn Maxwell, the fate of Pakistani cricket remains precarious, as the nation’s advancement to the semifinals is still uncertain.
Does Australia’s win over Afghanistan affect Pakistan’s semi-final chances?
Following the qualification of the Kangaroos for the knockout stage, three teams—including India and South Africa—have advanced to the semis. This leaves Afghanistan, Pakistan, and New Zealand to compete for the “highly contested” remaining spot.
Despite Afghanistan’s victory over South Africa on November 10, their standing in the points table will remain at 10, which is equivalent to the sums earned by Pakistan and New Zealand should they triumph in their respective matches against England and Sri Lanka.
However, Afghanistan’s current NRR is negative, and a decisive victory over Temba Bavuma’s squad would be necessary for them to qualify for the semi-finals. Therefore, New Zealand is Pakistan’s direct competitor for the remaining spot in the semifinals.
If NZ beat SL by 50 runs, Pakistan will have to beat England by 180 runs.
If NZ beat SL by 1 run, Pakistan will have to beat England by 131 runs.
If SL beat NZ, Pakistan will just have to beat England and they will qualify.
If SL vs NZ is washed out due to rain, Pakistan will just have to beat England to qualify.
November 9 — New Zealand vs Sri Lanka @ M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru, India.
November 10 — Afghanistan vs South Africa @ Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad, India.
November 11 — Pakistan vs England @ Eden Gardens, Kolkata, India