Recent Match Report – Bangladesh vs Pakistan 31st Match 2023/24

Pakistan 205 for 3 wickets (Fakhar 81, Shafiq 68, Mehdi 3-60) defeated bangladesh 204 (Mahmudullah 56, Litton 45, Shakib 43, Afridi 3-23, Wasim 3-31) by seven wickets

Pakistan produced their best performance in a World Cup to end their longest losing streak in a World Cup, defeating Bangladesh by seven wickets and keeping alive their faint hopes of semi-final qualification.

This victory was decided by a brilliant performance Shaheen Shah Afridi – Now Fastest 100 ODI wickets For the fast bowlers and the leading wicket-taker in this World Cup – bowling out Bangladesh for 204 runs. Fakhar ZamanRecalled to the team fresh, he then produced his best performance in months, scoring a maiden inning of 81 from 74 balls which set Pakistan up for victory, boosting both their confidence and their net run-rate.

Right from the start, Afridi’s wicket in the first over and everything else, it looked like a classic performance from Pakistan. He reached 100 wickets by trapping Tanjeed Hasan on the fifth ball and took advantage of the moving ball to get his second wicket by getting Nazmul Hussain Shanto caught at square leg in his next over. Haris Rauf, after hitting three fours in his first over, counter-attacked by taking an edge from Mushfiqur Rahim, due to which he was out.

After this, Bangladesh had its best performance and there was a partnership of 79 runs between the two. Liton Das And Mahmudullah This reset the innings and mitigated the initial damage to some extent. It helped that Pakistan’s leading legspinner Usama Mir got another day off as he was unable to bowl his length consistently. He found himself punished regularly, especially by Mahmudullah, who looked to be his most skilled batsman so far.

The turning point came when Liton fell with the softest of dismissals against a harmless delivery from Iftikhar Ahmed, a length bounce which the batsman lofted to short midwicket. Liton stood in despair at the crease for about half a minute, as if his body was not allowing him to walk.

Bangladesh rebuilt, but the momentum was gone right after the innings. shakib al hassan It took him time to get going, and once Afridi came back, he clean bowled Mahmudullah with an unexpected reverse-swinging delivery from around the wicket. Bangladesh’s lower-order batsmen suffered further damage with massive reverse swing in the final 15 overs and Pakistan began to pile on the pressure as Babar Azam rotated his bowlers with rare prudence.
It was only when Shakib decided to field the spinners late that Bangladesh showed any intent. Iftikhar was hit for three fours and mehdi hassan meraz Deposited Usama for a six over cow corner, so Babar went back to Rauf’s pace, and dismissed Shakib in his first over. Mohammad Wasim then took just seven balls to clean bowl the tail, with Mehidy, Taskin Ahmed and Mustafizur Rahman falling back to their stumps with the score at 204.
Pakistan’s openers played themselves in the first three overs, but Fakhar in particular was letting his arms loose. After scoring three runs in 11 balls, he sent Taskin into a frenzy with a powerful six over square leg. He later said that he did not care how the pitch was playing because he knew he could hit sixes anywhere, a thing he demonstrated through his innings as sixes appeared as regularly as dot deliveries. Used to give. Within the powerplay, he and Abdullah Shafiq Completed the half-century partnership and with Shafiq joining in on the run fest, the stand moved towards three figures.

Mustafizur was a particular favorite of Shafiq’s wrath, as Fakhar hit him for three consecutive fours before hitting another six off Mehdi in the 12th over. He completed his half-century in the fifth over of the innings, hitting the bowler hard on the head off Taskin, while Shafiq completed his half-century in the same over. Shafiq also played perhaps the best shot of the day, smashing a shot off Taskin at cow corner that flew all the way and at that point, Pakistan looked as if they were racing towards victory by ten wickets.

Mehdi did his part to ensure that the infamy was not as serious, and took three wickets (the only ones Pakistan lost) to stem the flow. Shafiq fell first, crossing the line, while Babar, who never really got going, was out to long on before reaching double figures. And while Fakhar had hit two sixes off Mehdi, he was still brave enough to keep bowling the ball, varying the pace and mistimed it to the midwicket boundary. Fakhar was out on 81, although he was looking close to a century.

It wouldn’t matter much in the end as a flurry of boundaries from Mohammad Rizwan and Iftikhar gave Pakistan victory with more than 17 overs to spare. This ended the gloom that had prevailed for the past fortnight and while Bangladesh is officially out, Pakistan has shown the first signs of waking up from its slumber.

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