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Bangladesh fought hard but could not stop Pakistan from chasing down a modest target of 128 as the Babar Azam-led side became the fourth and last team to qualify for the semi-finals of the 2022 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup on Sunday. Pakistan returned to the field after losing 5 wickets with 128 for 5 in 18.1 overs.
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Opening pair Babar Azam (25) and Mohammad Rizwan (32) made a slow but solid start and added 57 runs in 10.2 overs. However, both got out in quick succession and gave Bangladesh hope.
But the target is never going to be a threat unless there is a batting collapse. Mohammad Nawaz was promoted to number 3 but the ploy failed as he was run out for 4 runs.
But Mohammad Harris (31 off 18 balls) and Shaun Masood (24 off 14*) ensured there was no late drama to ensure Pakistan’s victory.
After left-arm pacer Shaheen Afridi claimed four wickets, Pakistan restricted Bangladesh to 127/8. Shaheen, returning his T20 best figures of 4/22, struck Pakistan early as he sent back left-arm pacer Liton Das for 10 after Bangladesh elected to bat first.
Das, who gave India a scare with a 27-ball 60 in a narrow defeat at Adelaide Oval, looked dangerous with a six off Shaheen but was caught at gully three balls later.
Najmul Hossain Sandhu capitalized on a reprieve when the usually safe Shadab Khan dropped the left-handed batsman for 11 runs at short extra. The opener top scored with 54 runs.
Shando added 52 runs with Soumya Sarkar, who was out of the attack.
Soumya made a 17-ball 20 before a reverse paddle sweep saw Shatab take his wicket, and he struck again amid controversy on the next delivery.
Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan was given out lbw, but he reviewed the decision and replays appeared that the ball grazed the bat before hitting the pads, but the third umpire upheld the on-field call.
Shakib was stunned and didn’t want to walk away waving his hands.
Afif Hossain prevented Shatab’s hat-trick.
Shakib’s wicket seemed to affect the Bangladeshi batsmen and they suddenly lost.
Sandhu was bowled by off-spinner Iftikhar Ahmed soon after the batsman reached his second T20I half-century.
Bangladesh lost regular wickets and Shaheen struck twice in an over and then finished fourth for the first time in his T20 career.
Abif Hossain scored an unbeaten 24.
With AFP inputs
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