A complete all-round performance from Pakistan enabled them to register a crushing seven-wicket win against Bangladesh at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Tuesday, October 23. The match was a crucial one for both teams, as it had significant implications for their respective fates in the World Cup tournament. Pakistan’s victory not only kept their World Cup hopes alive but also dealt a devastating blow to Bangladesh’s chances, as they were knocked out of the competition.
The game was set up by Pakistan’s formidable pace trio, who combined to take eight wickets, effectively dismantling the Bangladesh batting lineup and restricting them to a modest total of 204. This remarkable bowling performance laid the foundation for Pakistan’s victory.
In the batting department, the comeback of Fakhar Zaman turned out to be a game-changer for Pakistan. Fakhar Zaman blazed his way to a brilliant 74-ball 81, playing an aggressive and swashbuckling innings. His quick and aggressive batting not only entertained the fans but also put immense pressure on the opposition bowlers.
One of the standout moments of the match was Fakhar Zaman’s rapid century partnership with Abdullah Shafique, who contributed a solid 68 off 69 balls. Their partnership not only ensured that Pakistan reached the target comfortably but also provided a significant boost to their net run rate. This was crucial for Pakistan’s prospects in the World Cup, as a healthy net run rate could make a difference in determining their place in the tournament’s later stages.
Mohammad Rizwan and Iftikhar Ahmed stepped in to provide the final touches to the game for Pakistan. Their composed and responsible batting ensured that Pakistan secured a convincing victory with a remarkable 105 balls to spare. This ruthless run chase showcased the depth and strength of Pakistan’s batting lineup.
Bangladesh’s decision to bat first in the match proved to be a challenging one for them as they produced another underwhelming performance with the bat. Pakistan’s Shaheen Afridi made an early impact by dismissing Tanzid Hasan and Najmul Hossain Shanto, claiming two vital wickets that set the tone for the game. Haris Rauf then joined the party, delivering a crucial breakthrough by removing Mushfiqur Rahim. This series of early wickets left Bangladesh in a precarious position at 23/3.
However, a promising partnership of 79 runs between Litton Das and Mahmudullah raised hopes for Bangladesh, as it seemed to be putting them on a path toward a competitive total. Both Litton Das and Mahmudullah appeared to be in good touch, and their partnership was crucial for Bangladesh’s chances.
Nonetheless, once this partnership was disrupted, Bangladesh’s innings lost momentum. While Mahmudullah and Litton Das looked set to continue their impressive batting display, it was imperative for one of them to anchor the innings and bat deep into the latter stages to ensure a substantial total.
In addition to Shaheen Afridi and Haris Rauf, Mohammad Wasim Jr made a significant impact with his bowling, delivering a searing set of spells that included impressive reverse-swing deliveries. His final spell, in particular, showcased his skill in generating reverse swing, adding to Bangladesh’s batting woes. The combination of Pakistan’s disciplined and effective pace attack left no respite for Bangladesh.
Despite the struggles, Bangladesh managed to cross the 200-run mark, primarily thanks to Mehidy Hasan’s late cameo with the bat. However, the final total was never going to pose a significant challenge for Pakistan, considering their strong batting lineup and the ease with which they had been playing throughout the match.