Eyes on the prize: Series win to help Pakistan close gap on India

Published: November 17, 2016
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Yasir Shah plays with a football as rain delays the start of day one at Hagley Park in Christchurch on November 17, 2016.  PHOTO: AFP/Marty Melville

Yasir Shah plays with a football as rain delays the start of day one at Hagley Park in Christchurch on November 17, 2016. PHOTO: AFP/Marty Melville

KARACHI: Pakistan, ranked second in the ICC Test rankings, will close the gap on top-ranked India (115 points) if they whitewash New Zealand 2-0.

Pakistan, who have 109 points, will go to 111 if they win both matches, while a 1-0 series win gives them just a single point and takes them to 110.

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However, any other result in the series will be severely detrimental to Misbahul Haq side’s ambitions of regaining the top spot as Pakistan will fall to 102 points if they lose 2-0 and even a 1-0 loss means they lose five points.

A 1-1 or 0-0 draw will also see Pakistan slump to 107 points.

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If Pakistan win the series 2-0 and India lose their ongoing series to England, then Pakistan will regain their top spot, unless England win 4-0 in which case England will go top ahead of Pakistan.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 17th, 2016.

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