Inside an hour on the morning of Day 4 in the Karachi Test, England finished off the 55 runs remaining in the chase to seal a historic 3-0 series victory over Pakistan.
This is the first time that Pakistan have been whitewashed in Pakistan in their history of Test cricket. This is also Pakistan’s back-to-back home Test series loss after Australia defeated them 1-0 in a 3-Test series earlier in the year.
These two home series losses have all but removed Pakistan from the race to the World Test Championship final. This 3-0 result meant England, who were already out of the race for the final, ascend to the 5th spot and Pakistan slip to the 7th spot in the WTC points table.
Here is the updated World Test Championship (WTC) Points Table after England defeated Pakistan 3-0:
Can Pakistan still reach the WTC final?
Yes, there is a very slim chance of Pakistan still being able to reach the WTC final, but that will need a host of other results to go their way.
Pakistan have two home Tests vs New Zealand remaining in this cycle, and if they win both of them, the best PCT they can finish is on 47.62%.
For Pakistan to finish at the second position in the WTC points table, this is what should happen:
– Australia will be their best ally as they will require Pat Cummins side to continue on their winning ways against South Africa and then next year against India
– They will need Bangladesh to do them a favour and cause a huge upset by defeating India in Mirpur
– They will need New Zealand to defeat Sri Lanka in both of their Test matches in March next year
– They will require the West Indies to defeat South Africa in one of the two Tests away from home next year and then hope the second match ends as a draw (this would ensure both sides finish lower than Pakistan on the standings