Pakistan's World Cup mission impossible

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Pakistan hammered Bangladesh by 94 runs but failed in their highly unlikely task of pipping New Zealand to the last World Cup semi-final place.

A screengrab from the PCB website after it got hacked.

Imam got himself out off a hit-wicket while going for a single after scoring his maiden World Cup ton.

To reach the semi-finals, Pakistan needed to rewrite the record books with the biggest margin of victory in a one-day worldwide.

Arthur labelled his team's wins over semi-finalists England and New Zealand as the main highlights.

The current record is held by New Zealand, who beat Ireland in 2008 by 290 runs but Pakistan, fifth in the 10-team group, must win by more than 300 runs. Just as importantly, they could not fix the damage to their net run-rate caused by their opening-match hammering by West Indies.

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Former Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq doesn't think the national team will make any changes to their playing XI when they clash with Bangladesh at Lord's on Friday. It has become very easy to score runs.

The next tie-breaker is net run-rate and New Zealand have a huge advantage at +0.175 compared with Pakistan s -0.792, which is in part a effect of Pakistan s heavy defeat by the West Indies in their opening match, when they were skittled out for just 105.

After winning the toss, Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed said they were looking to post a big total on the board.

PAK vs BAN Match Prediction: Bangladesh has had an edge over Pakistan in the recent past. Pakistan's middle order has not had the best run as well, and could struggle against the spin of Shakib and Mehidy Hasan. We won the toss, which was a good start. "That one game against West Indies cost us the tournament", Sarfaraz said, referring to their crushing opening loss.

"I often use the word warrior, but he goes to war for the team and people respect that, understand that, and they love him because of that", the coach said about Mashrafe, who was elected a member of parliament six months ago.

"I don't know what the study is behind this, but I can't do anything. definitely, we're interested in finishing on a high note".

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