After winning three games out of five in the Super 12 and having some luck, Pakistan has qualified for the semifinal. In the ongoing 20-20 World Cup 2022, the 2009 winners lost two games i.e against India and Zimbabwe by small margins. After the loss against the Southern African side, Pakistan was on the verge of getting knocked out of the tournament. After all, they didn’t just need to win their games.
They also needed a few results to go their way. In the India vs South Africa game, the Green Brigade needed India to win the game. However, that didn’t happen and now the Babar Azam-led side needed India to lose either against Bangladesh or Zimbabwe. Also, they needed the Netherlands to beat South Africa to have a real chance of qualifying for the top four spots.
India beat Bangladesh but the Netherlands ensured Pakistan get a chance to reach the semis. After the Dutch pulled off an upset, the Pakistan and Bangladesh fans were jumping in joy. After all, these two Asian teams had a chance to reach the semis. However, only one team could it and it was Pakistan who won by five wickets.
After the win, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairperson Ramiz Raja posted a cryptic message on Twitter. He posted by how the almighty is the greatest planner in the entire universe.
— Ramiz Raja (@iramizraja) November 6, 2022
Pakistan will lock horns with New Zealand in the semis
Pakistan finished second with six points on the board. If Zimbabwe had beaten India, Pakistan would have finished first. However, that didn’t happen which is why they are playing the Group One table toppers, i.e New Zealand. The semifinal between Pakistan and New Zealand will be played on November 9 in Sydney.
Notably, both teams are playing each other in the semis in the history of the tournament after 2007. In that tournament, Pakistan beat the Blackcaps to reach the final of the tournament. However, the Blackcaps didn’t had the experience of winning the semis of a World Event at that time. Now, they have won the semis of the 2015 ODI WC, the 2019 ODI WC, and the 2021 20-20 World Cup.