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Daily Online Edition of The Sunday Times Sri Lanka

Daily Online Edition of The Sunday Times Sri Lanka

Now, Pakistan can reach a maximum of 11 points if they beat Bangladesh at Lord's on Friday.

While India, Australia and England had already booked their place in the semis, New Zealand were left to wait till the end of Pakistan's last league fixture against Bangladesh to confirm their spot in the top-four.

Imam-ul-Haq made 100 off as many balls and Babar Azam (96) broke Javed Miandad's record of 437 runs in a single World Cup after Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss.

Speaking about Wednesday's game where England thrashed New Zealand by 119 runs to seal their spot in the semis, Akhtar said that the Black Caps played like "amateurs".

While the Kiwis are now in fourth place with 11 points, Pakistan are just behind on 9 points with a game to play.

"But cricket is a harsh game and we all know that you're not going to be flawless every day". We rode the roller coaster of playing well, bad and then good again.

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However, if Australia fail to beat South Africa at Old Trafford on Saturday and India win their match against Sri Lanka at Headingley on the same day, then they will top the table and play fourth-placed New Zealand in their semi-final match. "If you want to change, you need to bring proper people who understand the game of cricket, who have played modern cricket, who have actually accomplished [something] and [are] not working just for money". We wanted to win, but we couldn't do it.

"It brings excitement. The guys are buzzing laughing and smiling at how ridiculous some of the shots they are able to play, good balls being hit for four or six and seeing how hard they are to bowl at".

West Indies then chased down the target in just 13.4 overs, and the impact on the net run-rate has been massive and now, at this crucial juncture, this aforementioned loss has all but ended their campaign.

"And our batsmen need to get away from the game and hopefully come back fresh". "He could do that in the semifinal and all of a sudden we won't be talking about form or anything like that", Stead said.

"This this is an area that we have to change", he said, adding the Bangladeshi should have tried more desperately.