Unpredictable Pakistan eye unlikely World Cup survival

"We are in charge of how we go from here on in".

"It's becoming where it's a little bit embarrassing".

Former England captain Mike Atherton, now the chief cricket writer at The Times, said Australia had left their opposition to "squirm" over the next 10 days, beginning with the blockbuster against India on Sunday.

Sarfaraz Ahmed and his men will now not only have to win the remaining three matches, starting with New Zealand, but also hope that the results in other matches favour them to salvage any hopes of a semifinal berth. They play England, West Indies, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh next. But it's pretty unlikely. They face New Zealand next on Wednesday 26 June.

The under-fire Pakistan skipper insisted that the mantra of the team was "we lose as a team and we win as a team".

England win not more than one.

What went wrong for England?

Starc's wife, Alyssa Healy, mentioned the breakfast chat on Twitter - thanking the person in question, later confirmed to be English, for firing him up - and Starc laughed it off after the match as all "good fun" saying he was "still half-asleep" when it happened.

Today they got both, which is why this defeat is so worrying. "He's the main factor, the turning point, the way he batted in the last 15 overs, it was like Jos Buttler", Sarfaraz said at the post-match presentation ceremony. England are now ranked number one in the ODIs and are the tournament favourites in this edition of the showpiece event.

"Jason Roy is making good progress from his hamstring injury". "No praise would be enough for the innings". His exit for 89 made an England defeat inevitable.

He and the more glamorous left-armer Mitchell Starc proved a lethal pairing, taking nine wickets between them.

England all-rounder Ben Stokes insists that back-to-back losses have not hampered their hopes of winning a maiden World Cup trophy.

"Pakistan players must improve their fielding as the green-shirts still have chances to excel in the tournament", he said.

This is what every contender must do to make it into the World Cup semi finals.

After defeat to India, Pakistani cricket fans rosted the national team, social media were flooded with messages and videos criticising the players, and urging the team to perform better.

"Steady-eddie" Kane Williamson ([8.2]) and Bangladesh's Shakib Al-Hasan ([19.0]) are the other realistic contenders, the latter not so fancied with Bangladesh now unlikely to make the last four. If they win all these three matches, Pakistan will end up with 11 points.

England also have fitness concerns over bowlers Jofra Archer and Adil Rashid. Kiwi Lockie Ferguson ([8.0]) has 14, while Mark Wood ([23.0]) has 13.

Barely a week ago the tournament looked on course for a prescriptive path to the semis as a gap emerged between the top four and the rest. That's why he's just [2.6] to finish top of the pile.

  • Julie Sanders