The slim hopes which were there before the game started have now been vanquished as Pakistan have been officially knocked out of the World Cup 2019. However, Pakistan have managed to end their campaign on a positive note, registering a clinical 94-run victory over Bangladesh at the Headingley, Leeds. They posted a daunting first innings total on the board on the back of Imam’s fine century innings and Babar Azam’s superlative knock.
In the second innings, Pakistan left-arm seamer Shaheen Afridi became the youngster ever to pick up a five-wicket haul in World Cup cricket and wrapped off the Bangladesh innings with a stunning performance.
Imam's century and Babar's amazing innings takes Pakistan to 315
After winning the toss and opting to bat first, the Pakistan team got off to a poor start as their opener Fakhar Zaman got out quite early with just 23 runs on the scoreboard. The pair of Babar Azam and Imam-ul-Haq then got together to bail their team out of the troublesome situation. They batted amazingly well to compile a remarkable partnership of 157 runs before Babar got out after playing an outstanding knock of 96 runs.
However, even after losing his partner, Imam continued to play his natural game and in that bid notched up his maiden World Cup ton. But then Pakistan suffered a crushing batting collapse as from 243 for 2, they suddenly crashed to 289 for 7.
Towards the end, Imad Wasim contributed with a crucial cameo of 43 runs off just 26 balls, to help Pakistan finish with 315 runs on the board. For Bangladesh, Mustafizur Rahman bowled amazingly well to pick his second five-wicket haul in a row.
Shaheen’s record breaking spell deflates Bangladesh
Chasing a big target of 316 runs, Bangladesh also didn’t start things in the best possible manner as they lost both their openers, Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar quite early with just 48 runs on the scoreboard. Mushfiqur Rahim also got out pretty soon leaving Bangladesh nowhere in the run-chase. The in-form Shakib Al Hasan then tried to lead his team to some sort of respite with a fine partnership of 58 runs for the fourth wicket along with Liton Das.
Shakib played yet another impressive innings of 64 runs off 77 balls before getting dismissed in the 33rd over. With his dismissal, Bangladesh’s hopes in this mighty run-chase received a body blow and they failed to recover from it. Bangladesh got bowled out for a paltry total of 221 runs in 44.1 overs.
Pakistan speedster Shaheen Afridi had a remarkable outing with the ball as he picked up a sensational six-wicket haul. He became the youngest ever to pick up a fifer and also registered the best figures for any Pakistan bowler in World Cup cricket.
Pakistan: 315/9 in 50 overs (Imam-ul-Haq-100, Babar Azam-96; Mustafizur Rahman 5/75)
Bangladesh: 221/10 in 44.1 overs (Shakib Al Hasan-64, Liton Das-32; Shaheen Afridi 6/35, Shadab Khan 2/59)
Result: Pakistan won the match by 94 runs.
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