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Can Pakistan still Qualify for the Super Eight?

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The Pakistani cricket team finds itself in a precarious position after suffering two consecutive defeats against the United States and India in the ongoing T20 World Cup 2024. With zero points and no victories in their previous two games, their prospects for advancing to the Super Eight stage now hinge on several factors, including securing victories in their next two matches, the United States facing defeats in their upcoming matches, and the net run rate.

Group A of the tournament is a battleground, hosting five formidable teams-Canada, Ireland, the United States, India, and Pakistan. The United States and India currently dominate the points table with 4 points, having triumphed in their previous two matches. In stark contrast, Pakistan is at the bottom, facing a daunting task to secure a spot in the next stage.

For Pakistan, the upcoming matches against Ireland and Canada are not just games, they are battles for survival. Their fate is intertwined with the United States, as they need their opponents to stumble in their forthcoming clashes against India and Ireland. Even with these victories, Pakistan’s net run rate must surpass that of the United States to secure qualification.

The stakes are high, and a victory by the United States in one more match would conclusively dash Pakistan’s hopes of progressing to the Super Eight stage, making it a decisive moment for the Pakistani cricket team.

Pakistan’s journey in the World Cup has been a rollercoaster of emotions. The clash with the United States ended in a nail-biting Super Over, with the hosts snatching victory by a mere five runs. The match against India was equally heart-wrenching, with Pakistan falling short by just six runs despite a stellar performance by their bowlers, who restricted the Men in Blue to a modest 119 runs.

In the clash against India, Pakistan’s bowlers put on a commendable show, limiting their opponents to 119 runs. However, Jasprit Bumrah emerged as the hero for India, clinching vital wickets and ultimately tipping the scales in their favour with figures of 3-14 in four overs. This led to Pakistan falling just short of victory, culminating in a total of 113-7.

The earlier encounter against the United States, which concluded in a Super Over, saw Mohammad Amir delivering the first over, with the USA amassing 18-1. In response, the Green Shirts could only manage 13-1, resulting in a heartbreaking defeat at the Grand Prairie Stadium in Dallas.

As the T20 World Cup unfolds, the Pakistani cricket team faces an arduous task to reverse their fortunes and secure passage to the Super Eight stage, with hopes of still lifting the ICC trophy.

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