PAK vs CAN: Pakistan’s Super 8 qualification scenario after Canada win

With two losses in three matches, the path to next round is difficult but achievable

By Web Desk
June 11, 2024
Shaheen Afridi celebrates after taking a wicket. - AFP

Pakistan won against Canada by seven wickets in their third match of the T20 World Cup 2024 which was played in New York on Tuesday, igniting hopes of Super 8 qualification.

The Men in Green chased down the 107-run target in the 18th over. Mohammad Rizwan starred with an unbeaten 53*.

With two losses in three matches, the path to the Super 8 is difficult but achievable.

With one more match to play, here is how Pakistan can qualify for the T20 World Cup Super 8 round while keeping in mind other results.

June 12: USA vs India — India win

June 14: USA vs Ireland: — Ireland win

June 15: Canada vs India — India win

June 16: Ireland vs Pakistan — Pakistan win

If all the results go according to the above-mentioned scenario, Pakistan will have four points from four matches, while India will have eight. The USA will finish their group-stage campaign with the same points as Pakistan while Canada and Ireland will have two points each.

In the above-mentioned scenario, India will directly qualify for the Super Eight while the USA and Pakistan will have four points. In that case, Net Run Rate (NRR) will come into play. The Green Shirts need to register a big-margin victory against Ireland and also hope the USA lose to India and Ireland with considerable margins.

Chasing the 107-run target, Pakistan had a tough start as they failed to score a boundary in the first four overs. Saim Ayub soon departed for the pavilion after scoring just six runs, leaving the Green Shirts 20-1 in 4.2 overs.

However, Pakistan continued to play with caution as Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan formed a 63-run partnership.

Azam lost his wicket for 33 runs but Rizwan (53 off 53) remained on the pitch and took Pakistan over the line by chasing the target in 17.3 overs.

Earlier in the first innings, the day belonged to Pakistan bowlers as the Canadian batters had no answers to their attack. Mohammad Amir, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah and Haris Rauf all did their part with the ball as the Green Shirts managed to restrict Canada to 106-7 in New York.

For Canada, Aaron Johnson played a valiant knock and scored 52 runs on 44 balls with the help of eight boundaries.

Amir and Rauf bagged two wickets each while Naseem and Shaheen managed to take one each.