Lock England dressing room, let them time out: Wasim Akram’s cheerful view of Pakistan’s semi-final chances | Cricket news

NEW DELHI: New Zealand is practically both Afghanistan a Pakistan from the race to the semi-finals of the ICC World Cup, leaving two teams only mathematically alive after Sri Lanka proved a no-go against the Kiwis in their final league match in Bengaluru on Thursday.
New Zealand moved to 10 points with a 5-wicket win over the Lankans, but more importantly increased their net run rate (NRR) to such an extent that it is almost impossible for Pakistan and Afghanistan to catch up even if they get to 10 points . win their last head-to-head matches.

Pakistan now have an almost impossible task to beat England by a minimum of 280 runs (the exact run spread will be recalculated if Pakistan bat first) or by chasing down any target given to them within five overs.

The bowling legend and former captain knowing that the World Cup is virtually over for Pakistan Wasim Akram shared his cheerful outlook with former teammates and co-hosts on the news channel “A Sports.”
The host of the show said that Akram had one more scenario in which Pakistan can still qualify for the semi-finals, which the legend shared backstage.

“Wasim bhai came up with the idea that Pakistan should bat first, then lock England in their dressing room and give them a time out of 20 minutes to win the match,” the host said, leaving the visitors in splits.

Former Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq, who was also one of the pundits on the show, had an even better idea: “Let England bat and then lock the dressing room. Why let them at all!”

Afghanistan face South Africa on Friday, while Pakistan take on England on Saturday.

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