A lot has been said about Pakistan’s chances of reaching the World Cup semi-finals. Pakistan will have to win by a big margin against New Zealand to improve their net run rate and former cricketer Harbhajan Singh has given a big statement in this regard. He said, “Pakistan cannot win by such a big margin. If you think so, it is self-deception.

There was a competition between New Zealand and Pakistan for a place in the semi-finals of the World Cup 2023, but now the New Zealand team has gone far ahead in this race. In their last league match, they defeated Sri Lanka by 5 wickets in 23.2 overs. As a result, New Zealand now have 10 points and a net run rate of +0.743, which is much better than Pakistan and Afghanistan. Pakistan’s match is against England on Saturday. Pakistan team still has a chance to reach the semi-finals from the equation, but it is almost impossible.

Pakistan’s net run rate is +0.036. In such a situation, if they want to achieve a better net run rate than New Zealand after the next match, then they will have to win the match against England by a margin of at least 287 runs or within three overs of chasing the target.

Difficult for Pakistan to reach semi-finals: Harbhajan Singh

According to Harbhajan Singh, this is not possible. Speaking on Star Sports he said:

I don’t think he has any chance. It would be a deception in itself to believe that Pakistan still has a chance. India needs 285 runs to win. It is possible that he may not even be able to score runs.

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