Nevertheless, former England captain Michael Vaughan had a tongue-in-cheek crack on the situations, throwing an India vs Pakistan semi-final into the equation.
South Africa now lead the desk with 12 factors from seven matches and are forward of unbeaten India, who even have 12 factors, on web run fee however having performed a match greater than the hosts. Australia occupy the third spot with eight factors from six matches and New Zealand have slipped to No. 4 with eight factors from seven matches.
Pakistan’s seven-wicket win over Bangladesh have stored them within the fray at No. 5 with six factors from seven matches, which makes the Pakistan vs New Zealand match on Novmeber 4 essential to the equation. In the meantime, Afghanistan too are nonetheless very a lot within the race with six factors and having performed a recreation lower than Pakistan.
Within the context of Pakistan’s probabilities, if New Zealand lose each their remaining matches and Pakistan win their remaining two, then an India vs Pakistan semi-final would possibly change into a actuality.
That is what prompted Vaughan to submit on microblogging web site ‘X’: “India v Pakistan semi in Kolkata anybody?”
The submit invited an equally cheeky response from former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar: “These items have spoilt us up to now additionally Vaughany,” responded Akhtar together with a laughing emoji.
In addition to New Zealand on November 4, Pakistan will tackle England of their concluding league match on November 11 and New Zealand will meet Sri Lanka on November 9.