Their hopes of qualifying for the semi-finals of the ICC World Cup 2019 are over as Pakistan have failed to even come close to the impossible task. They were required to post a massive total if around 400 or 500 runs on the board. But the Pakistani side have finished with 315 runs in 50 overs in their final game of the tournament against Bangladesh at the Lord’s, London. Their slim hopes of qualifying that were there before the start of the innings have now been vanquished.
Fakhar leaves early; Imam and Babar compile 157-run stand
Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed won the toss and opted to bat first as he reckoned it’s a used wicket and still they will be needed to bowl well and restrict them to a chaseable total. The two Pakistan openers, Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq started things on a tentative note, playing the first seven over very carefully and scored just 23 runs. However, in that bid, Fakhar lost his wicket in the eighth over after scoring a 31-ball 13. The duo comprising of Imam and Babar Azam then joined hands to steady the things for Pakistan in the crucial game.
The two batters showed some great amount of composure and temperament to tackle the opening spells of the Bangladeshi bowlers. The duo stitched a fabulous partnership of 157 runs for the second wicket. Babar was looking good to bring up his second century of this World Cup, however, he fell short by four runs, getting dismissed after playing an excellent innings of 96 runs off 98 balls that included of 11 boundaries.
Imam notches maiden World Cup century
However, even after losing his partner, Imam kept playing his natural game and notched up his maiden World Cup century in the 42nd over. But then the opener got out in an unfortunate manner after playing a remarkable innings of 100 runs that consisted of seven fours. Mohammad Hafeez also got out pretty soon but not before stitching a vital 66-run stand along with Imam.
The in-form Bangladesh fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman then bowled a beautiful short delivery to get rid of Haris Sohail early and leave Pakistan in a spot of bother at 255 for 5. Pakistan captain Sarfaraz was forced to leave the field after he came in the way of Imad Wasim’s fierce hit. They suffered a remarkable batting collapse as Pakistan lost their last four wickets for just 26 runs.
Imad contributed with an important cameo knock of 43 runs off 26 balls, to help Pakistan finish with 315 runs in their quota of 50 overs. For Bangladesh, Mustafizur picked up back-to-back five-wicket hauls and Mohammad Saifuddin claimed three vital scalps as well.
Pakistan 315/9 in 50 overs (Imam-ul-Haq-100, Babar Azam-96, Imad Wasim-43; Mustafizur Rahman 5/75, Mohammad Saifuddin 3/77) vs Bangladesh.