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Sarfaraz Ahmed believes Pakistan can score 500 runs vs Bangladesh to seal semi-final spot | Cricket World Cup 2019

Gurpreet Singh
|Thu Jul 04 2019


Sarfaraz Ahmed believes Pakistan can score 500 runs vs Bangladesh to reach the semi-finals of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

Team Pakistan have a very magnanimous task ahead of them to seal the semi-final spot of the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. England’s 119-run victory over New Zealand on Wednesday meant that  Pakistan will now have to hand a record-breaking defeat to Bangladesh.

Pakistan will face Bangladesh on Friday, July 5 at the iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground, and in order to seal the 4th spot after the end of league stages, they will have to not only play out of their skins, but also do something which no team has ever done yet in the history of ODI Cricket.

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But, Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed believes he can turn the tables, and do the impossible versus Bangladesh.

What did Sarfaraz Ahmed comment?

Addressing a pre-match Press Conference ahead of their match at Lord’s, Sarfaraz admitted the fact that their loss against West Indies in the opening match had a major impact on their net run rate, which has forced them to repent now at the business end of the tournament.

But, the optimistic skipper believes in his team’s capabilities and is confident that their batsmen are able to post 500 runs on the board. He however, also admitted the fact that this has been a 280-300 runs sort of a World Cup, and the task is indeed more than just a daunting one.

“We came to England to win. We’re here at Lord’s to win. The mathematics aren’t on our side. We have to be realistic. We’ll try to score 500 but this is a 280-300 World Cup”, exclaimed Sarfaraz.

“Maybe luck is on our side”- Sarfaraz

It is worth mentioning that Pakistan need to win tomorrow’s match at least by 316 runs to to overtake New Zealand in terms of the net run rate, and push them down to the fifth spot. But, the 32-year-old believes that he can do the unprecedented, and maybe perhaps their fortune is on their side tomorrow.

“The pitches we played on weren’t easy. We can’t look back. That loss to West Indies hurt our net run rate. I know we have to win by 316 runs so we’ll try. Maybe luck is on our side”, said Safaraz.

“We’ll try our best to finish on a high. It’s a World Cup match, hopefully we’ll do well against Bangladesh. I don’t know the reason behind the mathematical target for us”, he further added.

Pakistan are automatically ruled out if they bowl first versus Bangladesh tomorrow at Lord’s.


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