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Haris Rauf Undergoes Tests for Rib Sprain Ahead of England Match

Fast bowler Haris Rauf has been tested for a potential sprain in his ribs. The 30-year-old cricketer left the field during the match against New Zealand after conceding 85 runs in 10 overs. Rauf was tested in a local hospital in Kolkata after he complained about feeling a sprain in his ribs. This comes as Pakistan prepares to take on England in the 44th match of the ICC World Cup 2023 at Eden Gardens, Kolkata, India, on November 11.

Another player, Shadab Khan, who left the field after suffering a concussion against South Africa in Chennai, has not featured in a game and his participation in the Men in Green’s next match is still undecided. These developments have added a layer of uncertainty to Pakistan’s performance in the upcoming matches.

Pakistan’s chances of qualifying for the World Cup semi-final still remain difficult as their destiny is not entirely in their hands. The Babar Azam-led unit will play England in a must-win match on November 11 in Kolkata. However, their destiny will likely be decided before that as two teams Pakistan is dependent on, Afghanistan and New Zealand, will have played their remaining matches by then.

Afghanistan has to play two more matches in the World Cup against the in-form teams of Australia and South Africa on November 7 and November 10 respectively. If Afghanistan wins both matches, they will qualify directly with 12 points, above New Zealand and Pakistan. But, Pakistan’s direct contention is with New Zealand right now as both teams have to play one more match.

New Zealand, who have the upper hand on net run rate (NRR), will play the struggling Sri Lanka side on November 9 in Bengaluru. New Zealand is currently ranked fourth with 0.398 NRR while Pakistan is fifth with 0.036 NRR. If New Zealand beats Sri Lanka by 50 runs, Pakistan will have to beat England by 180 runs to qualify. If New Zealand beats Sri Lanka by 1 run, Pakistan will have to beat England by 131 runs. If Sri Lanka beats New Zealand, Pakistan will just have to beat England and they will qualify.

India and South Africa have already qualified for the semi-final of the World Cup and Australia is most likely to be the next team to book their place. The Aussies are currently ranked third with 10 points and they have two more matches to play, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, a win in any match will cement their place in the knockout stage directly.

As the World Cup progresses, the stakes are getting higher for the teams. The coming days will decide the fate of the teams and their journey in the World Cup. All eyes are now on the upcoming matches and the performance of the key players. The cricket fans in Pakistan and around the world are eagerly waiting for the outcomes.

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