Pakistan have had, well, a very Pakistan-esque World Cup so far, and there is no point trying to beat around the bush. It began with two wins, and plenty of promise. Until…it was not. A thumping defeat to India, and everything began to unravel. As it usually does. The defeat to India sparked a run of four consecutive losses – a streak that was only ended after they got the better of Bangladesh in Kolkata on Tuesday. Bangladesh, for context, had not won since their opening game win against Afghanistan on October 7. So, it was always a contest between two sides that had forgotten how to get past the finish line, but one that the former winners ultimately tilted in their favor. Somehow, though, despite all of this, they are still in the hunt and are still in with a chance to reach the semi-final. And before you start throwing net run rate calculations and numbers, just soak in how the Men In Green, despite apparently being so awful at this World Cup, still find themselves here.

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