Pakistan were reeling at the 9th spot after their ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 match against arch-rivals India on June 16 in Manchester. It was their 3rd defeat and Pakistan had just 3 points to show for after 5 matches.
However, in an inspiring run similar to their 1992 World Cup-winning campaign, Pakistan have rallied against odds to win their next 3 matches and move into the top-four of the World Cup 2019 points table. Pakistan survived a cliffhanger against Afghanistan in Leeds on Saturday, chasing a 228-run target in the final over and pushed England to the fifth spot.
There were slim chances of Pakistan making the semi-final after their June 16 thrashing against India. Cut to June 29, Pakistan are among the front-runners in the race to finish inside the top four.
Imad Wasim came up with an all-round effort as he picked up 2 wickets and hit unbeaten 49 to help Pakistan prevail after their top-order failed against Afghanistan spinners.