World Cup 2019 semifinals qualification scenario: Pakistan can reach semifinals if New Zealand beats England

A victory for New Zealand in Wednesday's World Cup 2019 match against England will mean Pakistan just needs to beat Bangladesh in its last league game to seal a semifinal spot.

Pakistan will be pinning its hopes on a New Zealand win against England on Wednesday.   -  getty images

India's 28-run win over Bangladesh at Edgbaston in Birmingham powered Virat Kohli and Co. into the semifinals while keeping Pakistan's last-four hopes alive.

Sarfaraz Ahmed-led Pakistan will be rooting for a New Zealand win when host England takes on the Kiwis on Wednesday. A victory for Kane Williamson's side will mean Pakistan just need to beat Bangladesh in its last league game to seal a semifinal spot.

However, an England win will mean a two-way race between New Zealand and Pakistan which will be decided on the basis of the number of wins, net run rate (NRR) and the head-to-head record in that order. This, however, will come into play only if Pakistan beats Bangladesh in which case it will be tied on 11 points with New Zealand (assuming it loses to England). But New Zealand's chances, in that scenario, get a boost since it has a far better NRR than Pakistan.

In simple terms, Pakistan's fate now lies in its own hands and England's.

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