The Black Caps’ crucial win against Sri Lanka in their last league match on Thursday made Pakistan’s path to the World Cup — which was already difficult — nearly impossible as they require a massive win over England in their last match in Kolkata on November 11.

If Pakistan bat first against England, they will have to beat them by 287 runs. If they bowl first, they will have to chase down the target with 284 balls to spare, which means in just 2.4 overs.India, South Africa and Australia have already booked their places in the mega event’s semi-finals and three teams — New Zealand, Afghanistan and Pakistan — are fighting for the one vacant position.The Black Caps are the most likely to qualify as Afghanistan’s net run rate (NRR) is lower than Pakistan. Afghanistan play against South Africa on Friday.

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