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ADELAIDE – Shaheen Afridi’s four-wicket haul helped Pakistan beat Bangladesh by five wickets to book a place in the semi-finals of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Adelaide on Sunday.

Positives abound as Pakistan qualify for the semi-finals

Earlier in the day, Pakistan had to go right to secure a place in the semi-finals and Babar Azam’s side did everything right as they clinched a seemingly unlikely place in the final four.

Netherlands’ impressive win over South Africa earlier left Pakistan’s match against Bangladesh a virtual quarter-final and the contest between the two Asian teams kept everyone on the edge of their seats until the gripping climax.

Shaheen Afridi looked back at his best at the Adelaide Oval with impressive figures of 4/22 as Bangladesh could only manage 127/8 in good batting conditions as Pakistan found the winning target with two overs to spare despite some wobbles in reply.

Finally a good partnership for Babur and Rizwan

Babar (25) and Mohammad Rizwan (32) are arguably the best opening pair in T20I cricket, but neither player had done much in the T20 World Cup until Sunday’s match.

The pair added 57 runs for the opening wicket and Bangladesh found a glimmer of hope until both were dismissed in quick succession and looked set to take Pakistan to an easy victory.

That confidence was built when Liton Das bowled Mohammad Nawaz down the stumps to send the Pakistan all-rounder packing as nerves began to set in for Babar’s talented side.

But it was good as Bangladesh’s campaign ended and Pakistan went on to knock out Pakistan in the semi-finals.

An emotional Shakib was frustrated as Bangladesh squandered a golden opportunity

Shakib was a frustrated man during Sunday’s clash and Bangladesh’s strong start came to an abrupt halt inside their batting powerplay when he was dismissed LBW as a golden duck.

The experienced Bangladesh skipper was dismissed lbw on the first ball by South African umpire Adrian Holdstock, who immediately sent for a review of the decision as he believed the ball had edged his pad.

Shakib’s frustration grew when the TV umpire upheld the Anfield decision, and was further confused when he was not allowed to review the lbw decision against Nawaz during Pakistan’s innings.

It’s not for Shakib or Bangladesh, but the Asian team can hold their heads high for the way they performed in the tournament.

Pakistan: Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Harris, Shaun Masood, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shatab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Shaheen Afridi, Harris Rauf, Naseem Shah.

Bangladesh: Najmul Hossain Santo, Liton Das, Soumia Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan (catch), Afif Hossain, Mosadeq Hossain, Nurul Hasan (week), Taskin Ahmed, Nasum Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Ebadot Hossain. – ICC

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