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Teenage fast-bowler Shaheen Afridi took six wickets as Pakistan beat Bangladesh by 94 runs at Lord's, clocking up their fourth World Cup win in a row but narrowly missing out on the semi-finals.

A Pakistan win would draw them level with New Zealand on 11 competition points, but the Black Caps have a far superior net run rate.

If Pakistan fail to beat Bangladesh by a large enough margin, then New Zealand will join Australia, India and England in the last four.

They made 315-9 but could not reach the semi-finals once Bangladesh reached 8-0 in the second over of their chase.

The road to the knockout stage for Sarfaraz Ahmed and his men is just an improbable mathematical calculation and that too provided Pakistan win the toss and bat first.

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.

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"I am not happy with the quality of cricket being played in this World Cup". Whereas, the Bangla Tigers, who have played some exceptional cricket in the tournament will go with nothing to lose mindset in this battle. In terms of runs, opener Fakhar Zaman hasn't had a great tournament but he is capable of scoring very quickly and if he gets off to a flyer, that could set them up for the big total they need.

Pakistan Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed admitted it will be very hard to beat Bangladesh by a margin of 316 runs, but added that the mathematical equations will not hold them back. Australia are now at the top of the points table and would finish there if they win their final game. "So both teams look stronger, so hopefully we will do well as a team".

Led by Shakib, Bangladesh have consistently crossed the 300-mark this World Cup but it is their bowling which has let them down, especially the lack of form of skipper Mortaza. Pakistan's unpredictability, and Bangladesh's new-found confidence after a good showing in the World Cup ensures that they are the slight favourites.

"We have to be realistic and assess the conditions", he said. Ashwin tweeted initially to which one of his followers wrote "even doing Mankading won't help Pakistan". So, I don't think they are going to [make any] changes.

"The mess was created by Pakistan themselves", he said, "the way we lost heavily to West Indies in the first match, then rain washed out the game against Sri Lanka which was unfortunate".

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