Pakistan take home 94-run consolatory win against Bangladesh after being knocked out of World Cup.
Pakistan’s Cricket World Cup hopes ended on Friday but they managed to end their campaign on a high with a 94-run victory against Bangladesh at Lord’s.
Teenage fast bowler Shaheen Afridi, who was named player of the match, shone brilliantly as he took six cheap wickets, giving up just 36 runs in the process — the best figures for a Pakistan bowler in the competition’s history.
“I’m happy for this performance. It’s a special feeling for me, my family, for all of Pakistan.
The wicket was slow. The first innings Mustafizur bowled well using cutters and I thought I would use cutters,” said the 19-year-old in a post-match speech.
Pakistan ended its run with fifth place on the points table, under New Zealand, whereas Bangladesh ended the 10-team group phase in seventh spot with three wins in their nine matches.
Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza said: “We feel very sorry for Shakib that we couldn’t support him all through the tournament, otherwise things could have been very different.
He has been fantastic. “ Earlier in the day, opener Imamul Haq made a run-a-ball century and Babar Azam scored 96 as they set the Bangladeshis a target of 316 runs. Bangladesh’s Shakib scored his seventh half-century of the tournament, equalling Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 2003, before slashing wildly at a ball from Shaheen and being caught out behind for 66.
That knock made Shakib the highest-scoring batsman of the tournament with 606 runs, but Bangladesh’s other wickets fell regularly as the side were skittled out in 44 overs.
After winning the toss and finishing on 315-9 in 50 overs, Pakistan needed to dismiss Bangladesh in their last group-stage match for an improbable seven runs or less to overtake fourth-place New Zealand and reach the semifinals. Although Mohammad Hafeez began Pakistan’s bowling attack with a maiden over, Bangladesh reached 8-0 in the 2nd over at Lord’s. New Zealand joined Australia, India and England in the last four.