Pakistan have won eight and lost three of their eight matches, and took one point from a washout. Their net run-rate (NRR) is -0.792, worse than the fourth team on the World Cup points table, New Zealand, who have 0.175. England s win over New Zealand in Durham on Wednesday has left Pakistan needing to beat Bangladesh by a near-impossible margin to boost their NRR by 0.98 to surpass New Zealand and take fourth place.

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Mathematically, this mind-boggling situation leaves Sarfaraz Ahmed and his team-mates and coaching staff in a funk. Sarfaraz, when pressed to answer as to why Pakistan are in this mess of a situation, rightfully singled out the loss to West Indies in their first match when they were dismissed for 105 and were beaten by seven wickets.