New Zealand returned to winning ways at the World Cup following a four-match slump as they defeated Sri Lanka by five wickets at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Thursday in 41st Match of ICC World Cup 2023.
Black Caps were tasked to chase 172-run target which they have achieved in 24th over with the loss of 5 wickets. Sri Lankan batters struggled against the formidable Kiwi bowling attack, losing wickets consistently, and were eventually bowled out for a mere 171 runs.
After the one sided victory by New Zealand over Sri Lanka, here is the scenario for Pakistan to find a spot in the World Cup semi-final:
Pakistan will now need to beat England by an almost impossible margin to leapfrog New Zealand on net run rate. While batting first Pakistan need to win the match with 287 runs margin to find the 4th spot on table. If Pakistan bowl first they are already out of the race as Pakistan need to chase whatever will be the target set by England in only 3.4 over which is impossible. So the only hypothetical scenario is Pakistan need a miracle and has to bat first set a healthy target and defeat England with the margin of at least 287 runs.
India, South Africa, and Australia have already secured their places in the semi-finals of this prestigious tournament. 4th team among New Zealand and Pakistan to play semi final against India on November 15.
As things currently stand, New Zealand appears to be in a commanding position to secure their semi-final berth, Pakistan chances appear to be the weakest due to their unfavourable net run rate (NRR).