Sehwag, who won the 2011 World Cup for India, gave an expert opinion to media Cricbuzz after the Bangladesh-Pakistan match held yesterday at Eden Gardens. ‘Victory is also a message for Pakistan’ – the moderator wanted to say that this victory of Pakistan, which had its back against the wall, was a sign of turning around.
Babar Azam will have to win their remaining 2 matches to keep their hopes alive for the semi-finals. Their fate also depends on the results of other matches. Pakistan, fifth in the table with 6 points from 7 matches, showed strength in this victory, Sehwag argued as the host explained, ‘I won’t call it a show of strength against Bangladesh. They are already playing crap. What is there to show strength against them!’
Chasing down Bangladesh’s 204 runs, Pakistan won in 32.3 overs. Pakistan’s net run rate (-0.024) also improved in this win. And Bangladesh was the first to leave the World Cup with yesterday’s loss. Shakib Al Hasan’s team is 9th in the table with 2 points in 7 matches.
Sehwag said about Pakistan’s batting in the middle of chasing runs, ‘The good thing they did today (yesterday) night was to win in 32 overs. This has improved their run rate. If the run rate of a team at the top (in the points table) goes down, it will help them (to reach the semi-finals).’