We are coming to the end of group stage matches at the World Cup and three teams viz. Australia, India and England have qualified for the semifinals.
New Zealand are otherwise destined to finish fourth. While the Kiwis are now in fourth place with 11 points, Pakistan are just behind on 9 points with a game to play.
Pakistan are participating in the World Cup since its introduction in 1975.
There, the Black Caps held a healthy buffer of 0.175 to Pakistan's -0.43, with Pakistan left to regret an abysmal outing against the West Indies in their opening game, where they were routed for 105 in 21.4 overs, and saw the West Indies chase it down with 36 overs to spare.
The mercurial Pakistan side then defeated pre-tournament favourites England in their next match by 14 runs. In reply, England fell short despite a fighting century by Joe Root. Since then, Sri Lanka has been under a state of emergency which gives sweeping powers to police and troops to arrest and detain suspects. They took just one run from the first nine balls.
Pakistan are now on 9 points from 8 matches with 4 wins, 3 losses and one washout. Instead they started off as if Friday's game was a Test match.More news: Bahamas police: Seven Americans dead in helicopter crash
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Following their loss to arch-rivals India, Pakistan staged a remarkable comeback with wins over South Africa, New Zealand and Afghanistan, riding on some impressive performances by Babar Azam and Harris Sohail in the batting department. Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed admits that it won't be easy for them to qualify for the knock-out round of the tournament.
Now, Pakistan can reach a maximum of 11 points if they beat Bangladesh at Lord's on Friday. They needed to put a huge total, something in the vicinity of 450, to have any chances of qualifying for the last four.
Pakistan have a net run rate of -0.792 while New Zealand are on +0.175. In case Pakistan bat second, they can not go past New Zealand's NRR.
Pakistan's inferior run rate sees them lose out to New Zealand in the race to World Cup semi-finals.
With England's win, Pakistan are technically out of the contention of making it to the semis.
"It will be fantastic all round, first of all having them in the final and having that match watched by the largest audience possible". "From that perspective, I think it's very disappointing. if we could have done few small things better, I think we would have got a better result", the all-rounder who also completed 6,000 ODI runs during the tournament, was quoted as saying by CricBuzz.