Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

After New Zealand’s convincing victory against Sri Lanka, Pakistan’s chances of reaching the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 semifinals have dwindled. However, there are still some chances that the Green Army can enter the knockout stage of the mega event.

Pakistan are currently placed at the fifth position in the points table with eight points from as many matches. The Green Army will lock horns with Kolkata on Saturday. They will have to win by 287 runs if they bat first. If they chase, Pakistan will have to win with 284 balls -- more than 47 overs to spare to have any chance for the semifinals.

As per several experts, with all odds stacked against Pakistan, New Zealand are expected to meet India in the first semifinal to be played at the Wankhede Stadium on November 15.

While, India, South Africa and Australia have already sealed their spots in the final four, New Zealand now have one foot into the knockout stage after their robust victory over Sri Lanka.