Pakistan crush Bangladesh but fail to reach CWC semis

Pakistan crush Bangladesh but fail to reach CWC semis

New Zealand finished their engagements at 11 points from nine matches after their 119-run loss to England but despite the massive defeat, the Kiwis are way ahead in terms of their net run-rate, which is +0.175, compared to Pakistan's -0.792.

Pakistan's inferior run rate sees them lose out to New Zealand in the race to World Cup semi-finals. India (13 points) and England (12 points) have sealed their place in the semifinals already.

The first two T20 games will be in Colombo on August 31 and September 2 at the Premadasa Stadium while the final match will be on September 6 in Kandy. It has become very easy to score runs.

There, the Black Caps held a healthy buffer of 0.175 to Pakistan's -0.43, with Pakistan left to regret an abysmal outing against the West Indies in their opening game, where they were routed for 105 in 21.4 overs, and saw the West Indies chase it down with 36 overs to spare.

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Such was Pakistan's dismal net run-rate that they needed to bowl Bangladesh out for 7 or less to get into the last four.

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Pakistan paid a heavy price for a slow start to their World Cup campaign, winning just one of their first five matches. The World Cup is no different.

Apart from losing the last four ODIs against the Bangladesh cricket team, the Pakistani team is running high on confidence, since they won the last three matches of the tournament. Morgan has handled home pressure well and is now just two wins away from doing what no English team has ever done in their cricket history. If they score 308, they can't qualify.

"New Zealand missed Lockie Ferguson in Durham, particularly because of the way he fits into the structure of the game", Vettori wrote in his column for the International Cricket Council.

Babar, 24, finished the World Cup with 474 runs from eight matches (Pakistan's game against Sri Lanka was washed out) at an average of 59.25.

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.

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