Pakistan will face New Zealand in an all-important match at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru. They have come back from a four-match losing streak as they beat Bangladesh in the last match at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata. After the four losses, Babar Azam's captaincy came under scrutiny and he was slammed by former players and experts. Ahead of the game against the Bangla Tigers, their chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq resigned from the post.
Babar's side is currently placed 5th in the table with six points. They have somehow kept their semi-final hopes alive mathematically. Firstly they have to win their remaining matches and keep an eye on the other teams. The Men in Green will reach 10 points and make sure their run rate is positive. Babar's form has been the question as the batter has not led the team from the front. He has scored three half-centuries in just seven innings.
Pakistan not only have to win their match against the Kiwis but win it by a margin of 83 runs or more if they are batting first and if they are chasing the 1992 World Champions need to chase under 35 overs.
Pakistan qualification scenario
For the Men in Green, the first and foremost thing is to win all the matches. After the Black Caps lost against South Africa that has made Pakistan's chances a bit easier. In case Afghanistan wins all their three games then Pakistan will be out of contention as the Afghans can reach 12 points while Babar's side can only reach 10 points. They will play England in their last game, and Jos Buttler's side would love to spoil the party. In case the Afghans lose one or two matches they would make Pakistan's route easier.
As per the current table, Australia is at number 3 with 8 points and has a run rate of +0.970, the Kiwis are at number 4 with 8 points and have a +0.484 run rate, and Pakistan is at number 5 with 6 points and NRR of -0.024.