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Pakistan finish on a high but fail to reach World Cup 2019 semi-finals


Pakistan bowed out of World Cup 2019 despite a 94 run win over Bangladesh in their last group match of World Cup 2019 at Lord’s.

Pakistan needed to score in excess of 350-400 and beat Bangladesh by more than 300 runs to have any chance at qualifying for the semis with a better run-rate than New Zealand. But Pakistan managed to post 315/9 putting at rest all hopes of making it to the last-4.

However, the win should come as consolation for the Pakistan side who had the worst possible start to their World Cup 2019 campaign. On Friday at Lord’s Sarfaraz Ahmed won the toss and chose to bat with the intention of scoring big.

Opener Imam ul Haq scored a fluent century while Babar Azam missed out on his 2nd hundred of the tournament by just 4 runs as Pakistan looked like they could end up realizing their hopes of setting up a 400+ total. But the duo didn’t find enough support from the rest of the lineup with Imad Wasim being the next top-scorer with 43 runs to his name.

It was Imad whose lusty death-overs hitting helped his side cross 300 as Mustafizur Rahman with his bowling variations picked up his 2nd 5-wicket haul in as many matches, restricted Pakistan to a chaseable total.

In reply, Bangladesh innings never got going with all-rounder Shakib al Hasan again top-scoring with 64 runs but there was hardly any support for him otherwise. As many as 5 other batsmen got off to a start but failed to build on as Pakistan bowlers kept chipping away at the wickets.

Most impressive was Shaheen Shah Afridi who picked up a 6-fer off his own thus becoming the youngest ever to pick a 5-wicket haul in World Cup history. Wahab Riaz bagged the crucial wicket of Shakib al Hasan while Mohammad Amir and Shadab Khan also picked one wicket apiece.

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