Here is the latest news that, Pakistan's chances of reaching the semi-final suffered a massive blow when New Zealand lost to England in their ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 match on Wednesday in Chester-le-Street. The 1992 champions were banking on a couple of results to go their way but England's progression to the semi-final has hurt them.
Pakistan are currently 5th on the points table with 9 points from 8 matches, 2 behind 4th-placed New Zealand who are sitting petty with a 11 points from 9 matches and a positive net run rate of +0.175.
Pakistan need to beat Bangladesh by a margin of at least 311 runs when the Asian rivals meet in London on Friday to leapfrog New Zealand and qualify for the semi-finals. For Pakistan to qualify to the semi-final, they have to beat Bangladesh by 311 runs after posting 350 or beat Bangladesh by 316 runs after scoring 400 or beat Bangladesh by 321 runs after scoring 450.
No team has managed to win by a margin of 300 or more in World Cups and no score of more than 400 has been posted in the ongoing edition of the World Cup. Pakistan's highest total in World Cup 2019 has been 348 that they had scored against England and they haven't score more than 400 even once in ODI cricket.
Nonetheless, captain Sarfaraz Ahmed expressed confidence that Pakistan will try and post 500 against Bangladesh at Lord's on Friday.
"We will give it our best but we have to be realistic. If we make 500 or 400 runs, we can surely hope that the opposition team can get out on 50. We will try our best. It is not a hidden fact that we have to make 500-550 runs and win by a margin of 316 runs. We have to be realistic but we will try out best," Sarfaraz had said on the eve of the crunch match.