Here's how Pakistan can still qualify for the semi-finals of T20 World Cup
The T20 World Cup 2022 has been arguably the best short-format event so far in history. It is because this tournament has already given some memorable performances in the first two weeks since it started. Fans have already witnessed some weaker teams going on to beat the big teams in the competition.
And one such match was played on Thursday at the Perth Stadium between Pakistan and Zimbabwe. Everyone predicted Pakistan to register an easy win, but what happened next was one of the biggest turns around. Batting first, Zimbabwe could only manage 130/8 in 20 overs.
It looked like Pakistan would chase it down in 15-16 overs. However, Zimbabwe's fight and Pakistan's batting failure resulted in another upset of the competition. Zimbabwe stunned the Men in Green with a thrilling 1-run victory.
This was a back-to-back loss Babar Azam and his team and their chances to qualify for the semis have been severely damaged by this. In the first game, they lost at the hands of India, and now they have games left to play. And Zimbabwe's win has almost kicked them out of the competition.
But mathematically, there is still very little hope. Pakistan need to make sure that they win their remaining three games against the Netherlands, South Africa and Bangladesh on October 30, November 3 and November 6, respectively.
On the other hand, they need to win these three games by a big margin to improve the NRR. Secondly, they should hope that India beats South Africa on Sunday by a decent margin and then Pakistan also beats the Proteas in their game.
Third, they should hope that Zimbabwe, who has three games left against India, Netherlands, and Bangladesh, loses at least two of them. Then, they will also hope that Bangladesh also loses one more game in the competition. Thus, Pakista's equation largely depends on other teams as well. So it is an interesting situation, but one loss can surely kick them out.