Here’s how Pakistan can still qualify for the semi-finals

Talking about the rankings, England are at the top with 123 points, leading India by 122 points.

An ultra-aggressive batting approach, smart bowling aided by some shrewd captaincy and vibrancy in the field - England's performance during their 31-run win against India reminded everyone of their dominance in one-day cricket over the last four years, and the potential they hold in this format.

Since India have two more matches to go, they will be eyeing a top of the table finish by winning against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

Forget the silhouetted stallions stalking cricket's most coveted cup, it turns out New Zealand put the cart before the horse at this tournament by starting with five straight wins and ending their group stage with three successive defeats.

The Black Caps skipper was the third man out for 61 in the 16th over, leaving New Zealand a mountain to climb to overhaul England's 305/8. If they lose the same, they will be hoping for their healthy NRR coming to their rescue.

England and Pakistan have both played eight games and are separated by a point.

"I'm very proud of the way we've played against a lot of the big teams, and I think that maybe we'll be the people's team for the amount of fight that we've shown".

The money just keeps flowing for England, now at $1.39 to beat the Black Caps ($2.85).

Former Pakistan Cricketer Waqar Younis questioned the sportsmanship of Team India, suggesting they lost the 30 June match against England in the Cricket World Cup on goal to knock Pakistan out of the tournament; this seems to have not gone down too well with Indian cricket fans.

Speaking after this morning's loss to England, captain Williamson said that his side's results in pool play don't matter anymore, and that he's now concentrating exclusively on their potential semi-final.

Taylor knows Chester-le-Street well from his time as an overseas player with northeast county Durham.

A New Zealand win against host side England is the only scenario in which Pakistan can keep its World Cup 2019 semifinal hopes alive. "We want to give our best against Bangladesh and whatever is required, we will do that", he said.

"Before the tournament started I thought that might be a trend, the toss, being a huge deciding factor in the game, but I thought it would have been the other way around", said Morgan. If they manage to defeat India, their scenario will be equal to Pakistan's scenario. "So tapping into that, identifying what we did well and if that still remains the same priority going into the semifinal, which I think it will", added the England captain. If that doesn't happen, things will come down to NRR.

  • Julie Sanders


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