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Pakistan´s Babar Azam (L) celebrates after scoring a century (100 runs) through the 2019 Cricket World Cup group stage match between New Zealand and Pakistan at Edgbaston in Birmingham, central England, on June 26, 2019. Picture: AFP

With a seven-wicket victory over New Zealand at Edgbaston on Wednesday, Pakistan have inched one other step nearer to a spot within the semi-final. 

Nevertheless, earlier than we begin planning our victory parade, this is a short have a look at the situations. 

State of affairs one

Pakistan now has two video games remaining, one in opposition to Afghanistan and different in opposition to Bangladesh. To make sure a spot within the last 4, Pakistan must defeat each the groups. 

Nevertheless, not solely does Pakistan must win each of its remaining matches, World Cup hosts who presently sit on the fourth spot, must lose certainly one of its remaining two matches in opposition to India and New Zealand. 

If that occurs, Pakistan will qualify for the semis with 11 factors.

State of affairs two 

The second state of affairs is a bit tough and fascinating. If Pakistan loses both of its remaining in opposition to Afghanistan or Bangladesh, the inexperienced shirts will nonetheless have an opportunity to qualify for the semis. 

Nevertheless, for this to occur England has to lose each of its remaining in opposition to India and New Zealand. 

The Bangladesh risk 

As a result of Pakistan and Bangladesh share seven factors on the desk, with  Bangladesh above Pakistan due to a superior Web Run Fee (NRR). Each Pakistan and Bangladesh have two video games remaining, with Bangladesh’s subsequent two video games in opposition to Pakistan and India. 

Within the case of England’s defeat in its subsequent two matches, Bangladesh will qualify for semis if it wins its remaining two matches.

The Sri Lanka and England risk 

Sri Lanka can be nonetheless within the competition for a spot within the semis. 

The Islanders have three video games remaining to play in opposition to  South Africa, West Indies and India. If Sri Lanka wins all of its remaining three video games, they are going to have 12 factors and go a degree above Pakistan and Bangladesh (it ought to be saved in thoughts Pakistan on this scenario has received its remaining two video games in opposition to Afghanistan and Bangladesh). 

On this case, if England wins its remaining two matches in opposition to India and New Zealand, the group with the higher NRR will qualify for the semis.

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