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World Cup 2019: Pakistan win toss and stay alive in semi-final hunt

first_img view more view less commentary Next advertisement No data available! World Cup 2019: Pakistan win toss and stay alive in semi-final huntICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed did not hesitate to choose batting after winning the toss against Bangladesh at Lord’s on Friday. The skipper said Pakistan will look to score big to keep the semi-final hopes alive. India Today Web Desk LondonJuly 5, 2019UPDATED: July 5, 2019 15:01 IST ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Pakistan have won the toss and opted to bat against Bangladesh on Friday (@cricketworldcup Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPakistan won the toss and opted to bat vs Bangladesh at Lord’sSarfaraz Ahmed said Pakistan will try and post a big totalPakistan need to beat Bangladesh by a minimum margin of 311 runs to make the semi-finalsImprobable but not impossible. Pakistan kept their mathematical chances of qualifying for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 semi-final alive by winning the toss against Bangladesh at Lord’s in London on Friday.Pakistan needed to win the toss and bat first to keep their outside chance alive and luck favoured Sarfaraz Ahmed at the toss. The Pakistan skipper won the toss and did not hesitate to put his team in in good batting conditins at Lord’s.Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed said Pakistan will try their best to post a big total and keep their semi-final hopes alive.Pakistan vs Bangladesh, World Cup 2019: Live Cricket Score”We will bat first. Only chance we have is to bat first and put a big total on the board. So we will try our best. We are going with the same team, although we know that we need quick and big runs. Unfortunate to be in this position but we will try our best,” Sarfaraz said at the toss.Pakistan have won the toss and will bat first at Lord’s!Job one done for #SarfarazAhmedNow his team just need a world record win to qualify for the #CWC19 semi-finals #PAKvBAN pic.twitter.com/c7IFmUdjluCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 5, 2019Pakistan, who are at the 5th spot of the points table with 9 points from 8 matches, can still leapfrog New Zealand, who have 11 points from 9 matches, into the top four. New Zealand’s net run rate of +0.175 is better than Pakistan’s negative tally of -0.792.The improbable mission for Pakistan!advertisementPakistan need to score big, probably their highest-ever ODI total — more than 400 runs.For Pakistan to qualifyThey need to beat Bangladesh by 311 runs after posting 350 to reach the semi-final.orbeat Bangladesh by 316 runs after scoring 400orbeat Bangladesh by 321 runs after scoring 450.Pakistan were down and out after their big loss to arch-rivals India on June 16 in Manchester. However, the former champions came back strong with back-to-back wins over South Africa, New Zealand and Afghanistan. Pakistan’s revival had freakish similarities to their title-winning campaign in 1992 but they had to depend on a few other results to go their way.Pakistan hoped either India or New Zealand beat England in the hosts’ last 2 group-stage matches but Eoin Morgan’s men spoiled their party by winning the said 2 matches.Pakistan chase historic winCaptain Sarfaraz Ahmed, speaking to the press on the eve of the match, maintained that Pakisstan will focus on realistic chances but insisted they will try and post 500 on the board.”We will give it our best but we have to be realistic. If we make 500 or 400 runs, we can surely hope that the opposition team can get out on 50. We will try our best. It is not a hidden fact that we have to make 500-550 runs and win by a margin of 316 runs. We have to be realistic but we will try out best,” Sarfaraz had said.No team has managed to win by a margin of 300 or more in World Cups and no score of more than 400 has been posted in the ongoing edition of the World Cup. Pakistan’s highest total in World Cup 2019 has been 348 that they had scored against England and they haven’t score more than 400 even once in ODI cricket.Also Read | Fans amused as Sarfaraz Ahmed says Pakistan will try to post 500 vs BangladeshAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Pakistan vs BangladeshFollow ICC Cricket World Cup 2019Follow Lord’sFollow Sarfaraz AhmedFollow Mashrafe Mortaza scorecard graphslast_img

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