Pakistan can not qualify for the World Cup semifinals, New Zealand in the last four

LONDON: New Zealand qualified for the World Cup semi-finals on Friday, when Pakistan could no longer improve its net racing rate in its last group game against Bangladesh.


Sarfaraz Ahmed's team needed to beat the world record by the margin of victory in a one-day international, but after winning the release of Lord's, they could not gather enough races to give them a chance.

His total of 315 for nine meant that Bangladesh needed only eight runs to end Pakistan's hopes of progress in the tournament and came to that in the second.

If they win on Friday, the 1992 champions, Pakistan, will end up with the same number of points and victories as New Zealand, but they will go home as a result of the tiebreak.

New Zealand joins Australia, India and England in the semifinals next week.

Pakistan, backed by thousands of passionate fans of the flag, started curiously slowly under the London sun, crawling to 38-1 after 10 attempts.

Imam-ul-Haq and Babar Azam finally stepped on the accelerator, reaching their association of 150 for the second window of 146 balls.

But Babar came out shortly after for an impressive 96 out of 98 installments.

Babar had hit perfectly, hitting 11 feet when he and Imam laid the groundwork for a late blooming.

But in another big blow for Pakistan, Imam was the next to leave when he stepped on his stumps after scoring exactly 100, to leave them 246-3 in 42nd place, with Mohammad Hafeez starting in the next.

A late flowering of Imad Wasim, who scored 43 runs with 26 balls, increased the score, but Pakistan did not have the muscle to take the game to Bangladesh.

It feels good when you do something good for the team, but we have to win the game, that's the main thing, said Imam.

Imam admitted that Pakistan had a realistic approach to the party, and did not aim for 400.

We have to be realistic and evaluate the conditions, he said. They are a good team and they were playing bowling, our plan was to look for 300 or 320.

Mustafizur Rahman took five windows for Bangladesh, including an excellent catch and a bowling alley to dismiss Shadab Khan.

Bangladesh lost Soumya Sarkar by 22 at the beginning of their response and Tamim Iqbal was the next to leave, leaving them 48-2 in the 11th.

Pakistan was defeated by an insignificant 105 in its first game, with the West Indies winning by just 13.4, meaning they took a big hit in the career rate.

They won only one of their first five games, they came back strong to beat South Africa, New Zealand and Afghanistan to finish fifth in the 10-team table, but in the end they left a lot to do.