England-NZ encounter will decide Pakistan’s semi-final hopes

England-NZ encounter will decide Pakistan’s semi-final hopes

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Cricket lovers are looking forward to the result of England vs New Zealand clash as it will decide the future of Pakistan. If New Zeland win, Pakistan will have a hope to enter into the semifinals.

Bangladesh and Sri Lanka's semi-final qualification hopes are already over. In Pakistan’s case, even a defeat for New Zealand might not be the end for Sarfaraz Ahmed's men.

As for the current standings, New Zealand and England occupy the third and fourth spot respectively. The Kiwis (11) are a point ahead of the hosts (10) after 8 matches while the Englishmen are in need of just one point to seal their progression, thanks to their healthy Net Run Rate. Australia and India, meanwhile, are the two sides who have sealed their fate already.

The ideal scenario for Pakistan would be that England loses to New Zealand and a victory against Bangladesh in their final league match. Pakistan, which are presently on 9 points from 8 games, would hence go on to topple England and claim the 4th spot. If that doesn't happen, however, the chances of qualification become incredibly tricky.

If England are to beat New Zealand at Chester-le-Street, Pakistan would hope for that to happen by a big margin as that would give Sarfaraz Ahmed's men the opportunity to beat the Bangla Tigers by a considerable margin themselves and enter the top four.