Pakistan Men’s National Cricket Team bowed out of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 after they failed to meet the net run rate quota enough to overtake New Zealand in the ICC World Cup Standings.
The initial blow for Pakistan was losing the toss. The English men, thanks to half-centuries by Ben Stokes and Joe Root cruised to a magnanimous total of 337/9. Despite picking up three wickets, Haris Rauf created two unwanted records. Haris Rauf has conceded 533 runs, the most runs conceded by a bowler in a World Cup season. Similarly, He added the record of most sixes conceded by a bowler with 16 sixes off his deliveries.
In order to overtake New Zealand, Pakistan required 338 runs in 40 deliveries, a far-fetched and impossible idea. The Pakistan batters stumbled early with David Willey taking the wickets of Fakhar Zaman and Abdullah Shafique.
Pakistan has failed to qualify for the third ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Final Four. The last time they qualified, India defeated their subcontinental rivals and went on to win the title.
Pakistan’s exit meant New Zealand qualified for their fifth straight Semi-finals. The Kiwis lost to Sri Lanka in the semi-finals in 2007 and 2011. In 2015 and 2019, They qualified for the final showdown and ended up being runners-up. Is this finally the chance for New Zealand to win their first ODI World Cup?