Pakistan 315 for 9 (Imam 100, Babar 96, Mustafizur 5-75) beat Bangladesh 221 (Shakib 64, Shaheen Afridi 6-35) by 94 runs
The ridiculous fantasies of engineering a win cricket merely is not created to throw up apart, this was a superb Pakistan efficiency, subduing a facet that three weeks in the past, most would have fancied to show them over. It means they grow to be the primary group to bow out at a World Cup with 4 consecutive wins, additionally ending a streak of 4 successive Bangladesh victories over them.
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Pakistan wanted to win by a document margin, of the type Uganda women handed out to Mali women – posting 314 after which skittling them for 10. To provide you a way of how desperately flimsy the strand by which Pakistan’s hopes hung, that may not have been sufficient. They batted first and placed on 315; they wanted to limit Bangladesh to under eight.
Whereas that was by no means on anybody’s thoughts, what Pakistan did discover was a gem in Shaheen Afridi, who eclipsed Shahid Afridi to select one of the best figures for Pakistan in World Cup – 6 for 35 – as Pakistan bowed out in entrance of a sea of inexperienced – each set of followers included – with a 94-run win at Lord’s.
The win was arrange by Imam Ul Haq, who received himself on the well-known Lord’s board with a sixth ODI century. Babar Azam missed becoming a member of him, however made a chic 96 as Pakistan posted 315 for 9. With the ball, there was nothing odd about Shaheen Afridi, the youngest man to take a five-fer at a World Cup, his six wickets cleansing up Bangladesh inside 45 overs. Solely Shakib Al Hasan, who completed the World Cup with 606 runs, providing any form of metal with a industrious 64.
Pakistan gained the toss and opted to bat – batting second would have eradicated them straightaway – however any concepts of galloping to a 400-plus evaporated rapidly. Bangladesh intelligently opened up with offspinner Mehidy Hasan to counter Fakhar Zaman’s menace. He would concede solely six runs within the 4 overs he bowled whereas the opener was on the crease, and when he holed out at level to Mohammad Saifuddin, he had scored 13 off 31. Hardly the stuff of 400-exceeding totals, that.
To their credit score, Imam and Babar determined to play for a morale-boosting win, reasonably than aiming for the unattainable, negotiating Shakib’s spin menace expertly. It additionally helped that Mashrafe Mortaza, Bangladesh’s captain with a wonky knee and in his final lap, was inaccurate together with his strains, thereby permitting them to focus on him.
Him being hit out of the assault meant Saifudin and Mustafizur Rahman introduced again considerably sooner than had been deliberate. Through the course of his innings, Babar turned probably the most prolific run-scorer at a World Cup for Pakistan, surpassing Javed Miandad’s 437 runs on the 1992 World Cup. He fell 4 runs shy of what would have been a well-merited hundred, however by then, Pakistan have been nicely on their option to a doubtlessly match-winning rating.
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Imam on the different finish accomplished his, however trod on his stumps the very subsequent ball, triggering a collapse which meant they could not fairly launch on the finish. Imad Wasim was left to the standard cameo-playing function, one which he has begun to excellent with spectacular consistency. It took Pakistan previous 300; they posted the fifth-highest rating at Lord’s in ODI historical past, and it at all times seemed a contact an excessive amount of for a Bangladesh facet so closely reliant on Shakib.
The person himself would not disappoint, notching up yet one more half-century, his seventh this World Cup, and going previous 600 runs on the event, a feat bettered solely by Sachin Tendulkar and Mathew Hayden. However with Soumya Sarkar and Tamim Iqbal departing early, and Mushfiqur Rahim cleaned up by a vicious Wahab Riaz inswinger, there was at all times the sense this sport would stop to be aggressive from the second Shakib was dismissed.
With the asking fee, in addition to the stress on his admirably broad shoulders, rising, he nicked off to Sarfaraz Ahmed to offer Shaheen his third wicket. It introduced down the curtain on one of many all-time nice World Cup campaigns, however within the course of, additionally wound up Bangladesh’s chase. There was extra cheer for Shaheen and Pakistan, although.
Shaheen, who has improved with each sport that Pakistan have gained over the previous fortnight, turned the youngest participant to take a five-for at a World Cup, cleansing up the decrease order in a lot the identical approach he had three of the highest 5.
Tamim Iqbal hasn’t had one of the best World Cup, regardless of coming into this event as the best Bangladesh run scorer of the previous 4 years. It was a nasty time to run into Shaheen, who, after a sluggish begin to the event, had begun to ignite. On Friday, he was molten scorching, but it surely was ice-cool wiles reasonably than fiery ardour that broke by the Bangladesh opener, a slower supply deceiving him all finally ends up.
Liton Das fell to a different slower supply, this one so nicely disguised it might need fooled most Secret Providers. He might solely scoop it to brief additional cowl, and that was the second Shakib started operating out of companions. It meant a change in perspective from the Bangladesh talisman, and as soon as he discovered himself pressured into an uncomfortable place off one which seamed away, his, and Bangladesh’s, destiny was sealed. Mahmudullah was felled by a yorker shortly after, and the tail was by no means going to be a match for him.
Shaheen’s figures learn a record-breaking 6-35 in 9.1 overs. They may not have been the data Pakistan have been trying to break, however in Babar, Imam and Shaheen, they’ve the elements for a extra profitable World Cup recipe in 4 years’ time.