'Error 404 found in kudrat ka nizam' - Fans react to Pakistan's must win game against England by near-impossible margins for semi-final qualification

Pakistan will face the defending champions England in the last league match of their ODI World Cup 2023 campaign. Both teams will this match in Kolkata.

Mathew K
Nov 09, 2023 22:52 IST
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Pakistan skipper Babar Azam and England skipper Jos Buttler (File Photo, Twitter)

Pakistan skipper Babar Azam and England skipper Jos Buttler (File Photo, Twitter)

Pakistan cricket team has been on the receiving end of a lot of hilarious trolls and comments on social media just after New Zealand defeated Sri Lanka and crushed Pakistan’s hopes of semi-final qualification. Notably, the Blackcaps have strengthened their chances of semis after a 5-wicket win against Sri Lanka in their last league match of the ongoing ODI World Cup 2023.

Meanwhile, the chances of Pakistan’s qualification in the knockouts are almost down and out as they would have to beat England with some near-impossible margins in their last league match to make it possible for their qualification in the semi-final.

New Zealand dismiss Pakistan's hopes for the semi-finals

Now, Pakistan would have to win the match either by a margin of 287 runs if they bat first or they would have to chase the target with 284 balls to spare if they bat second, which looks quite impossible on practical grounds. These scenarios for Pakistan have also drawn a lot of hilarious and witty reactions from the cricket over X (formerly Twitter).

Speaking of the action of the match between New Zealand and Sri Lanka, the Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson won the toss and asked the Islanders to bat first. Batting first, Sri Lanka had a brilliant start as they scored 74 runs in the first powerplay but they were also in trouble as they lost 5 wickets at this score.

Eventually, the New Zealand bowling attack led by the veteran pacer Trent Boult, bundled out Sri Lanka at the score of 171 runs in 46.4 overs. Kusal Perera and Maheesh Theekshana played the knocks of 51 and 38 runs, respectively to keep things going for Sri Lanka.

While chasing the target, the Blackcaps comfortably crossed the winning line in 23.2 overs, scoring 172 runs for the loss of 5 wickets and winning the match by 5 wickets to ensure their qualification as the fourth team in the semi-finals of the tournament.

Here’s how fans reacted to Pakistan’s qualification scenario for the semi-finals:



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