Pakistan on Thursday found themselves staring at an improbable situation for a semifinal spot in the Cricket World Cup 2023, after New Zealand's five-wicket win over Sri Lanka with 26.4 overs to spare. Barring massive wins for Pakistan and Afghanistan against England and South Africa respectively, nothing can stop the Kiwis from locking the fourth and last semifinal berth. India, South Africa and Australia have already sealed their spots in the final four and New Zealand now have one foot into the knockout stage after their robust victory over Sri Lanka.
Currently placed fifth in the standings with eight points from as many matches, Pakistan, who will take on England in Kolkata on Saturday, will have to win by 287 runs if they bat first. If they chase, Pakistan will have to win with 284 balls -- more than 47 overs -- to spare.
Score 300, restrict England to 13. Score 400, restrict England to 112. Score 450, restrict England to 162. Score 500, restrict England at 211.