Azhar Ali, the former captain of the Pakistan cricket team, has emphasized the importance of a convincing victory over Bangladesh in today’s crucial match of the ICC ODI Men’s World Cup 2023. He believes that a substantial win will greatly enhance Pakistan’s net run rate.
Having suffered four consecutive defeats in the ICC World Cup 2023, Pakistan must now win all three of their remaining matches and rely on other teams’ results to secure a spot in the semi-finals.
Today, Pakistan will face Bangladesh in Kolkata, followed by a match against New Zealand in Bangalore on November 4, and the final match of the World Cup 2023 against defending champions England in Kolkata once again on November 11.
Pakistan has a significant opportunity to achieve a high-margin victory and improve their run rate, as the competition to reach the semi-finals intensifies.
Currently, Pakistan sits in sixth place in the standings of the mega event, with four points from six matches and a net run rate of -0.387.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh currently holds the ninth spot, with two points from six matches.
In their previous encounter, Pakistan suffered a narrow one-wicket defeat against South Africa.