Top five memorable ICC tournament upsets for Pakistan

Pakistan suffered a shocking defeat at the hands of the USA cricket team in the super over of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 encounter between the two teams.

The June 6 defeat at the Grand Prairie Stadium in Dallas is considered one of the major upsets in ICC events’ history. However, it’s not the first time Pakistan has faltered against low-ranked or associate member countries

Here’s a recap of five disappointing performances by Pakistan in ICC World Cup matches:

ODI World Cup 1999: Bangladesh beat Pakistan by 62 runs

In the fifth Group B match at the County Ground in Northampton on May 31, 1999, Pakistan faced a shocking defeat by 62 runs against Bangladesh. Led by Wasim Akram, Pakistan had won four consecutive games before this match and restricted Bangladesh to 223 runs. However, Pakistan’s star-studded batting lineup failed to chase down the target and got all out for 161 runs in 44.3 overs.


ODI World Cup 2007: Ireland beat Pakistan by 3 wickets

During the 2007 ODI World Cup match at Sabina Park in Jamaica on March 17, 2007, Pakistan could only manage to score 132 runs for the loss of 10 wickets against Ireland. Inzamam-ul-Haq led the Pakistan team, and despite setting a modest target of 133 runs, Ireland chased it down in 41.4 overs for the loss of seven wickets, knocking Pakistan out of the tournament in the group stage.


T20 World Cup 2022: Pakistan lost by 1 run against Zimbabwe

In their second group match of the 2022 T20 World Cup, Pakistan faced a heart-wrenching defeat by one run against Zimbabwe in Perth on October 27, 2022. Despite restricting Zimbabwe to 130 for 8 in 20 overs, Pakistan couldn’t chase down the target and finished the game at 129 for 8 in 20 overs.


ODI World Cup 2023: Afghanistan beat Pakistan by 8 wickets

In the 2023 ODI World Cup match at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on October 23, 2023, Afghanistan outperformed the Babar Azam-led Pakistan team by 8 wickets. Pakistan posted a challenging total of 282 runs for the loss of seven wickets in 50 overs. However, Afghanistan chased down the target comfortably, led by fifties from their top-three batters and a crucial 48 by captain Hashmatullah Shahidi.


T20 World Cup 2024: USA beat Pakistan in the super over

Pakistan faced a shocking defeat by five runs in the super over against the United States during the 2024 T20 World Cup match in Dallas on June 6, 2024. Despite both teams scoring 159 runs in the 40-over contest, Pakistan couldn’t chase down the target of 19 runs in the one-over faceoff.


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