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Pakistan's 1992 World Cup symmetry continues

Pakistan's 1992 World Cup symmetry continues

Pakistan, seemingly dead and buried not so long ago, is making a late surge in the direction of the Cricket World Cup's semi-final spots. There is an eerie similarity at this World Cup to their triumphant 1992 campaign and Pakistan would be hoping it continues all the way to the final.

Pakistan's loss-win-washout-loss-loss-win sequence in their first six matches in England mirrored their stop-start run 27 years ago in Australia. In both World Cups, Pakistan started with a one-sided defeat to the West Indies, before recovering to win their second game - against Zimbabwe in 1992, and England this time around.

Similarly, their third game was rained off and then they went on to lose their next two games and win the following two. Not only this, but New Zealand was also unbeaten in 1992 until they faced Pakistan, exactly the same happened at Edgbaston few days when Pakistan ended their winning streak in 2019 ICC World Cup.

Although Pakistan is not still assured of a berth in the semi-finals, fans are hoping the current pattern culminates in World Cup glory just like 27 years ago.