Published: Sat, July 06, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Pakistan target 500 to knock New Zealand out of the tournament

Pakistan target 500 to knock New Zealand out of the tournament

Can Pakistan do the impossible at Lord's on Friday? As the qualification scenario stands, Pakistan have to beat Bangladesh by 311 runs or more if they bat first.

This is used after number of wins to decide which team goes through to the last four if they share the same points.

They were shot out for a paltry 105 in their first match, with the West Indies winning in just 13.4 overs, meaning they took a huge hit on run rate.

Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed on their recent form vs Bangladesh: "Pakistan did lose the last four matches, but it is a World Cup match".

"It is very hard (to advance)".

"It is very hard, 316 runs is a big margin". "So I don't know what the study is behind this, but I can't do anything".

Meanwhile, Bangladesh coach Steve Rhodes said that his team is desperate to seal another victory over Pakistan in what will be skipper Mashrafe Mortaza's final World Cup match.

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He batted maturely and he got boundaries, you know, he knocked it around as easily as he possibly can", Holder said. But Angelo Mathews rolled in to bowl his first ball in an ODI since December 2017 and Pooran chased it.

"I am not happy with the quality of cricket being played in this World Cup". Ends by saying he could not do a lot about his dismissal, he would have been happy if this ton would have come earlier, he was trying hard but was unable to but now it is important to win this game.

New Zealand have been confirmed as World Cup semi-finalists after Pakistan failed to beat Bangladesh by at least 308 runs in their final group game.

"It's like telling an individual that you have to climb Mount Everest without an oxygen mask".

Pakistan do have momentum on their side but the way in which Bangladesh have played in this tournament, it would certainly not be an easy task to get the better of them.

"We have to be realistic and assess the conditions", he said. "That's the way you can make your future team".

"A few of the (Bangladesh players) went straight out onto the dressing room balcony and looked at the marvellous scene in front of them with a lovely carpet of grass and big stands everywhere", Head Coach Steve Rhodes said at the pre-match press conference on Thursday.

Mustafizur Rahman's variations, which fetched him five wickets, and Mohammad Saifuddin's fifty helped them give India a scare in their last match and Bangladesh will hope for a stronger show against Pakistan.

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