New Zealand’s 172-run target is crucial not only for their win but also for the race for a semi-final spot in the International Cricket Cup 2023. With the Black Caps chased down in 23.2, the pressure is on Pakistan, who will need to perform extremely well against England. Pakistan need to beat England by more than 270 runs or win in a staggering 4.1 overs first. One step closer to the semi-finals for New Zealand! Mathematically, Pakistan may have a chance to win, but in reality it will be the Kiwis who will naturally be the fourth and final team to doomsday, if they bat and score 300 runs. , so they have to bowl England for just 13 runs and if they are second and bowl England for 100 runs, they have to chase in 2.3 overs which looks almost impossible.
Pakistan face a tough challenge in their World Cup group final match against England. While New Zealand are ranked fourth, Pakistan need a big win. To secure a place in the semi-finals, they need to beat England by around 287 runs while they are already there or around 284 balls to chase. New Zealand’s current net run rate advantage adds to the difficulties. This is an uphill battle, requiring proactive action and strategic play to progress. It may not seem possible, but surprises do happen in cricket – Pakistan will aim to pull off a seemingly unlikely trick.
While India, South Africa, and Australia have secured their semi-final spots, the all-out battle for the remaining spots intensifies. Currently, New Zealand are fourth, with a chance to consolidate their place with a win tonight. Pakistan is lost in good dreams, let them fall into a daze.
Meanwhile, Afghanistan have been facing a precarious situation with a negative net run rate, which makes it challenging till the final stages. A win for New Zealand tonight would all but ensure a coveted place, giving Kane Williamson’s side a semi-final berth, leaving Pakistan and Afghanistan to battle it out for the remainder of the campaign.