Sports Desk – The match No. 43 of the Cricket World Cup 2019 was played between Pakistan and Bangladesh at Lord’s, London. A century by Imam-ul-Haq and a six-wicket haul by Shaheen Afridi helped pakistan seal a 94 runs victory against Bangladesh.
Toss : Pakistan won the toss and opt to bat
Pakistan Innings : Batting first, Pakistan posted a mammoth 315 for 9 in 50 overs riding on Imam-ul-Haq 100 and half-centuries from Babar Azam (96).
Bangladesh Innings : In reply, Bangladesh started off slowly. However, after their dismissals, Bangladesh lacked intent to put up a fight 44.1 overs and lost the clash by 94 runs.
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Australia, India and England have already qualified for the World Cup semifinal. Pakistan are not mathematically out of the running to make the semifinals but they would have to beat Bangladesh by a Big difference. All rounder shakib al hasan and mashrafe mortaza side have a decent showing in this tournament.
After England beat New Zealand at Chester-Le-Street coupled with England beating India at Old Trafford, Pakistan’s chances of reaching semi finals are slim, to say the least.
Here is a list of some improbable scenarios that need to happen for Pakistan to qualify for the last four.
by 311 runs after scoring 350;
by 316 runs after scoring 400;
by 321 runs after scoring 450;
(If Bangladesh opt to bat, Pakistan’s hopes will be over even before the first ball is bowled at the Lord’s)
Pakistan : Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Haris Sohail, Sarfaraz Ahmed (c & wk), Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Shaheen Afridi
Bench : Shoaib Malik, Hasan Ali, Asif Ali, Mohammad Hasnain
Bangladesh : Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mahmudullah, Liton Das, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Mustafizur Rahman
Bench : Mohammad Mithun, Abu Jayed, Sabbir Rahman, Rubel Hossain