Ahead of the game against Bangladesh, Pakistan skipper, Sarfaraz Ahmed refused to give up his team’s chances of making it to the semifinals of the World Cup. After England’s wins over India and New Zealand, Pakistan had left with a herculean task to make it to the World Cup semifinals.
Talking about the same, Sarfraz said, “We will give it our best but we have to be realistic. We will try our best. We have to be realistic but we will try our best. The first objective of course is to win the match, finish on a high note. Further, if Allah has written out something for us, then definitely it will happen. We will obviously try, give it our all. But realistically speaking, this tournament is going at the 280-300 run mark.”
Barring this one of the most ridiculous games in the history of ODI cricket, Pakistan will not make the semi-finals of this World Cup. They play Bangladesh at Lord’s on Friday, who are looking to win only their fourth game at a World Cup for the first time.
However, Ahmed was also asked a somewhat controversial question as to how if Pakistan’s “downfall” had started after the ICC 2017 Champions Trophy as they were completely outplayed in the Asia Cup before they went on to lose series against Australia, England, and New Zealand as well. However, a disgusted Pakistan skipper could just avoid it.
Here is the video of the same:
Question: Did Pakistan's downfall start after the Champions Trophy win?
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) July 4, 2019
Eventually, Pakistan defeated Bangladesh by 94 runs and failed to qualify for the semi-final as they scored 314 in their quota of 50 overs and bundled out the Tigers for 221. Both the teams failed to qualify for the semi-finals.