Pakistan’s chances of reaching the semi-finals of the 2023 ICC World Cup have become more challenging after they lost four consecutive matches, including one against South Africa on October 27. To have a shot at the semi-finals, Pakistan must win their remaining three matches against Bangladesh, New Zealand, and England.
In an ideal scenario for Pakistan, New Zealand should lose their remaining matches because they currently have eight points from six games. If New Zealand loses their next three matches, they would end the group stage with eight points, and Pakistan can qualify for the knockout stage with 10 points by winning their remaining matches.
For this ideal scenario to work, the following results are needed:
- Afghanistan should beat Sri Lanka in Match 30.
- Pakistan should win against Bangladesh in Match 31.
- South Africa should win against New Zealand in Match 32.
- India should win against Sri Lanka in Match 33.
- Afghanistan should beat Netherlands in Match 34.
- Pakistan should win against New Zealand in Match 35.
- Australia should win against England in Match 36.
- India should win against South Africa in Match 37.
- Sri Lanka should win against Bangladesh in Match 38.
- Australia should win against Afghanistan in Match 39.
- England should win against Netherlands in Match 40.
- Sri Lanka should win against New Zealand in Match 41.
- South Africa should win against Afghanistan in Match 42.
- Australia should win against Bangladesh in Match 43.
- Pakistan should win against England in Match 44.
- India should win against Netherlands in Match 45.
If all these results happen as mentioned, India would finish first with 18 points, South Africa would be second with 14 points, and Australia would finish third with the same number of points as South Africa. Pakistan would finish fourth with 10 points, securing a spot in the World Cup knockout stage.