T20 World Cup: Pakistan Fixes Semi-Final's Spot With A 5-Wicket Win Over Bangladesh
Pakistan secures a place in the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup after defeating Bangladesh by 5 wickets here at Adelaide Oval.
PAK vs BAN: Pakistan secures a place in the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup after defeating Bangladesh by 5 wickets here at Adelaide Oval.
Pakistan came to chase a low target of 127 where their opening pair finally got some runs for their team. Skipper Babar Azam played at a very slow pace and scored 25 runs in 33 balls and Mohammad Rizwan got to run a ball 32 of 32.
Both the batters partnered 57 runs in the first wicket stand in 10.3 overs. After that newbie, Mohammad Haris nailed 31 runs in 18 deliveries with 1 four and 2 sixes.
In the end, Shan Masood (19 of 11) gave a moment of joy to his team by scoring winning runs.
Bangladesh bowlers weren't able to contribute much to the game. Nasum Ahmed (1/14), Shakib Al Hasan (1/35), Ebadot Hossain (1/23 in 3 overs), and pacer Mustaafizur Rahman (1/21) were the only players to get success.
Earlier in the first half after winning the toss, Bangladesh called Pakistan to bowl first and Pak bowlers ensured their entry into the semis after they restricted Bangladesh to 127/8 in a crucial clash with Group B.
Bangladesh came to bat first and delivered a convincing start. Opener Najmul Shanto scored a half-century and got a 52-run second wicket stand with Soumya Sarkar (20 in 17).
Najmul got 54 runs in 48 balls and Afif Hossain with 24 runs in 17 deliveries was the second-leading run scorer for Bangladesh.
Pakistan bowlers have been their stronger side for a reason as they have a solid pace attack. In this match, Shaheen Afridi bowled at an economy of 5.50 and grabbed 4 wickets by giving 22 runs.
Star all-rounder Shadab Khan took 2/30, and Haris Rauf and Iftikhar Ahmed got one wicket each for their team.
PAK vs BAN Full Score:
Bangladesh- 127/8 (Najmul Shanto: 54 of 48; Shaheen Afridi: 4/22)
Pakistan: 128/5 in 18.1 overs (Rizwan- 32 of 32, Haris- 31 of 16; Nasum Ahmed- 1/14)