1992 all over again as Pakistan take identical World Cup path

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1992 all over again as Pakistan take identical World Cup path

In Wednesday's six-wicket win over New Zealand at Edgbaston, a ground that could easily have been Karachi such was the atmosphere, they have matched, game for game, the results of Imran Khan's team, including a washout.

Pakistan beat New Zealand in their previous match to keep their semi-final hopes alive.

Babar Azam was Player of the Match, and deservedly so for what was an exceptional innings, but Shaheen bowled brilliantly.

Babar Azam hit his 10th ODI century, finishing 101 not out off 127 balls, as Pakistan reached 241-4 in 49.1 overs in reply to New Zealand's 237-6.

It was a great innings in hard conditions, but even more so because it came when Pakistan really needed it.

Pakistan's Shaheen Shah Afridi during nets at Headingley in Leeds on Friday.

"They did beat us in a warm-up game but that was a practice game and this match will be a different one, but we need to come at full power to beat them".

"They'll play in such a way that nobody will come to know what has happened".

The momentum seems to have shifted with these two wins, as well as England losing to Australia.

The danger is now that complacency starts to creep in.

Pakistan then won the fifth match with a left-handed batsman named Sohail being the Man of the Match, and then won the sixth match against an unbeaten New Zealand side with five balls to spare - just like 1992. They can not allow that to happen, they need to focus on the next game against Afghanistan and make sure they win. The Green Shirts need to win the remaining two games in order to qualify for the quarter-finals.

"It is becoming impossible to ignore the parallels with 1992", said Waqar in a column for the International Cricket Council. Fans are now hoping that the similarities don't end there, and even that they continue beyond the World Cup. But of course, the players can't focus on that at all.

With the 2019 World Cup underway, cricket enthusiasts are busy observing every single match trying to predict the future of the tournament and consider who could be the potential winning team that comes out on top. Interestingly, the 1992 World Cup parallels are being drawn now as the sequence of results of that event and the ongoing World Cup are exactly same.

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