Pakistan failed to qualify for the semis but ended their campaign on a winning note, finishing fifth on the points table. Batting first, Pakistan managed for nine, riding on Imam and Babar Azam's 96 run stand for the second wicket. Chasing a steep total, Bangladesh batsmen were rattled by the Pakistan pacers as Shaheen claimed his maiden five-wicket haul in ODIs. The year-old also became the youngest ever to claim a five-wicket haul in a World Cup match. Shakib al Hasan 64 was the lone bright spot in Bangladesh run chase as he managed another fighting fifty to end his campaign with runs.
Saifuddin bowls the worst ball of his spell and gets a wicket, courtesy of some ordinary batting by Fakhar who failed to hit it over the backward point fielder.
Babar comes in and opens account with a boundary. Then Saifuddin squares up the right-handed batsman all ends up. The road to the knockout stage for Sarfaraz Ahmed and his men is just an improbable mathematical calculation and that too provided Pakistan win the toss and bat first.
Currently placed fifth with nine points from eight matches, Pakistan face the challenge of beating Bangladesh by runs after posting or by runs after scoring , something which is practically impossible.
Following their loss to arch-rivals India, Pakistan staged a remarkable comeback with wins over South Africa, New Zealand and Afghanistan, riding on some impressive performances by Babar Azam and Harris Sohail in the batting department. Bangladesh, on the other hand, will rue their missed chances and would hope to bring some cheer to their fans back home with a solid performance against Pakistan, a team they had defeated in the edition.
Currently placed seventh, Bangladesh have been impressive in their wins against South Africa, Afghanistan and West Indies.
They have shown the stomach for a fight even in losses and Mashrafe Mortaza and his men will hope for a good outing against Pakistan on Friday. Bangladesh have been too dependent on star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who has become the only cricketer to score runs and claim 10 wickets in World Cup history.
Led by Shakib, Bangladesh have consistently crossed the mark this World Cup but it is their bowling which has let them down, especially the lack of form of skipper Mortaza.
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