Pakistan target record to reach World Cup semis after winning toss

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Bangladesh put up a courageous fight but ultimately lost to India by 28 runs on Tuesday at Edgbaston as their slim hopes of reaching the semi-finals were brought to an end but there have been plenty of positives for them to take from this excellent World Cup campaign.

Instead they were required to score at least 400 to have any chance of overhauling New Zealand on net run rate.

Three teams - Australia, India and England have already sealed their places in the semi-finals.

However, if Bangladesh bat first, then Pakistan are out even before the game begins.

If they win on Friday, 1992 champions Pakistan will finish with the same number of points and wins as New Zealand but are heading home as a result of the run-rate tie-breaker.

A win would put Pakistan level on points with New Zealand, who occupy the fourth and final semi-final spot, but the Black Caps are all but certain to progress to the last four due to their superior net run-rate.

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"I don't think so", Misbah told ESPNcricinfo. They needed to dismiss Bangladesh for seven runs or less to qualify for the semifinals and sure enough, the Bangladeshi openers wiped out that improbable chance within the first two overs.

Meanwhile, Shakib Al Hasan's 64 was his seventh score of 50 or more, equalling Sachin Tendulkar's World Cup record, set in 2003. "It's that much of a Herculean task", former Pakistan captain and TV commentator Raja said on his YouTube channel, adding "whether they (Pakistan) win or lose it doesn't matter". It has become very easy to score runs. Pakistan's unpredictability, and Bangladesh's new-found confidence after a good showing in the World Cup ensures that they are the slight favourites.

He called for changes after the tournament, saying: "We have to find batsmen, we have to find allrounders".

Pakistan paid a heavy price for a slow start to their World Cup campaign, winning just one of their first five matches. If you're a fan based out of India, follow Star Sports India television channels to catch Pakistan vs Bangladesh match live and exclusive.

Bangladesh, on the other hand, came out with a spirited performance in this World Cup.

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