India has been in red-hot form in the ongoing ODI World Cup 2023. They were the first team to book their place in the semi-final. Rohit Sharma's side has been in exceptional form in the tournament, they are the only unbeaten side in the event so far and have won 8 out of 8 matches in the tournament. But their opponents are yet to be decided as three teams are in contention for the qualification for the last spot.
Pakistan is currently placed in the fifth position while the Men in Green had a mixed outing in the tournament so far. They have won 4 and lost 4 matches in the marquee event and that is the reason why they have not sealed their place in the semi-final so far. Babar Azam's side will face defending champions England who did not have a good outing in the World Cup as they are currently placed at the bottom of the table. Babar's side needs to win the match by a big margin to qualify for the knockouts.
Australia and South Africa are the other two teams who have qualified for the semi-finals they will face each other in the 2nd semi-final which is scheduled to take place at Eden Gardens, Kolkata on November 16th.
How can Pakistan meet India?
Pakistan has to win the match and hopes New Zealand loses their last match. Suppose the Kiwis win the match against Sri Lanka in 35 overs or less. In that case, Pakistan will have to achieve an extraordinary victory against England, winning by a remarkable 225 runs or chasing the target in just 14 overs when batting second so that they meet India.
If Kane Williamson's side wins by one run against the Islanders then Pakistan need to win it by 130 plus runs if they bat first or they need to chase the run within or under 28 overs. In case both Pakistan and New Zealand both looses, and Afghanistan wins against the Proteas then the Afghan qualifies for the knockouts.
Now that New Zealand has won the match against Sri Lanka, Pakistan has to win by 287 runs in case they bat first and if they chase then Babar Azam's side has to get their target in 2.5 overs in order to get past the Kiwis run rate. If the defending champions get bowled out for 50 they will have to chase under 2.0 overs.
If Jos Buttler's side scores 100 runs the Men in Green have to chase it down in 2.5 overs. If they score 150 they have to get it in 3.4 over. For 200 runs it has to be chased in 4.3. For 300 runs in 6.1 overs.