‘We will try to do it’ – Babar still believes Pakistan can set up semi-final against India

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How do you plan for a game to be won by 287 runs? Pakistan’s task against England in Kolkata on Saturday to qualify for the World Cup semi-finals is: not just win, but win by the biggest margin in the history of their men’s ODI team.

This is the second consecutive World Cup where Pakistan will go into their final group game needing an incredible margin of victory to overtake New Zealand in Net Run Rate (NRR). In 2019, they had to beat Bangladesh by around 316 runs at Lord’s to sneak through; This time, the required margin of 287 is only a small fraction.

“That’s on our minds, and we’ll try to do it,” Babar Azam, their captain, insisted at the Eden Gardens on Friday that Pakistan still believe they can set up a semi-final against India. “We will try to implement the plan of how we will go tomorrow and how we will achieve the goal.

“We can’t just go in and fire blindly. That’s what we want, but with the right plan – how we want to play the first ten overs, then the next 20; how we want to achieve that goal. There’s a lot of things. It includes – like partnerships, [and] How long any players will be on the field.”

Pakistan defied expectations in their most recent game, conceding 401 Against New Zealand Earlier in Bangalore Fakhr Zaman An unbeaten 126 off 81 balls led them to an improbable victory through the DLS method. And Babar believes that Fakhar will have the keys in his hands on Saturday too.

“I will say if it is Fakhr [batting] In a 20- or 30-over match, we can achieve that,” he said. “Then follow through [Mohammad] Rizwan, [and] Iftekhar [Ahmed]. We can do it, and we plan for it.”

Pakistan will be effectively eliminated before they bowl a ball tomorrow, as it will be almost impossible for them to increase their NRR if England ask them to bowl first. Even if they bowl England out for 100, they will need to hit 17 consecutive sixes – that is, complete the chase in 2.5 overs – to top New Zealand’s NRR.

Babar said, ‘There is one match left. “We’ll try to finish on a good note, and then see. I think South Africa match [which Pakistan lost by one wicket] We should have won that match at our expense; But unfortunately, we didn’t, which is why we are at this stage.”

Babar could do little more than talk up his side’s chances of qualification, but the prospect of a win by such a margin seems fanciful – even against the confidence shot of an England side. In reality, Pakistan is likely to be eliminated from the semi-finals of the third World Cup in a row.

Babur’s standing as a captain came down significantly Check the media back home In the past six weeks, and the confirmation of Pakistan’s group-stage exit will further fuel speculation surrounding his future. Nevertheless, he insisted that the noise did not distract him or his team.

Babar said, ‘People are saying I am under pressure because I could not perform the way I should have performed in the World Cup.’ “I am not under any pressure. I have been doing this for the last two and a half, [to] Three years. I was performing, and I was the captain.

“Everybody’s saying something different: He should be like this, or like that. If someone has to give me advice, everyone has my number… I don’t think I’ve been under any pressure or felt different because of it. I try to give my best on the field while fielding; [and] While batting I think how I should score runs and win the team.

He had a respectable tournament with the bat, scoring 282 runs at 40.28 with four half-centuries, but could not hit the heights expected of him. Babar said, “I wanted to give a good performance here. I had high expectations but did not perform as per expectations. “I accept it.”

On his future in the role, Babar said it was beyond his control: “About the captaincy, as I said, once we go back to Pakistan – or after this match – we’ll see what happens. But now, I’m not focusing on that: my focus is on the next one. in the match

It may take a 287-run win to quiet the conversation.

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