In a thrilling contest at ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, South Africa defeated New Zealand with 190 runs. South Africa’s win over New Zealand has significant implications for Pakistan’s journey in the tournament.
The Cricket World Cup, being a round-robin format, relies heavily on accumulating points during the group stage to secure a spot in the knockout stage. Victory of South Africa against New Zealand have moved them to the top of the table with 12 points in 7 games. On the other hand, New Zealand moved down to 4th spot with 8 points in 7 games. Pakistan is on 5th spot with 6 point after their crucial win against Bangladesh yesterday.
Furthermore, net run rate will be the decisive factor in case of tied points, after South Africa secures a convincing win. New Zealand net run rate is dropped to +0.484. Keeping in view the next contest against Pakistan, if New Zealand lose against Pakistan, things will be crucial. Pakistan has net run rate -0.024 and only option for Pakistan to qualify in Semis is to win all 2 matches and improve net run rate which will be the determining factor to advance in knockout stage.
Cricket is not merely about statistics; it is a game of mental fortitude as well. After 3 straight defeats, New Zealand will struggle in their confidence and fighting spirit. On the other hand, Pakistan team looks more confident after crucial win against Bangladesh.
Moreover, India, South Africa and Australia look more confident in world Cup and all these 3 teams are in good position to advance into knock out stage. Afghanistan has also crucial chance to move to the big stage in the world Cup if they win at least 2 out of 3 matches against Netherlands, Australia and South Africa. Cricket enthusiasts around the world are eagerly waiting to witness the drama unfold of this pivotal showdown.