Cricket World Cup: Pakistan hammer Bangladesh but New Zealand into semi-finals

Pakistan hammered Bangladesh via 94 runs at Lord’s however failed of their particularly not likely project of pipping New Zealand to the ultimate World Cup semi-very last vicinity.

The 1992 winners needed victory by a report margin of at least 308 runs to finish fourth on a higher net run-charge.

An Imam ul-Haq century and 96 from Babar Azam noticed them post 315-9 earlier than they disregarded Bangladesh for 221.

Shakib Al Hasan pinnacle-scored with 64 for the Tigers but seamer Shaheen Afridi (6-35) produced a healthy-prevailing spell.

Pakistan could not reach the semi-finals once Bangladesh reached 8-0 inside the second over in their chase, confirming New Zealand inside the final four with Australia, India and England.

England will end third and New Zealand fourth, with the organization winners to be decided on Saturday.

Leaders Australia will pinnacle the institution if they beat South Africa at Old Trafford (13:30 BST) – but if the protecting champions lose, India can overtake them via triumphing against Sri Lanka at Headingley (10:30).
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Realistically, Pakistan knew their event become all however over earlier than a ball was bowled at headquarters, even though captain Sarfaraz Ahmed stated: “If Allah facilitates then miracles can show up.”
There remained the smallest of possibilities a document-breaking one-day international victory could see them sneak into the semi-finals on internet run-rate.

The minimum score they had to stand any theoretical chance was 308, but even that might have meant Bangladesh needing to be bowled out for nought.

In the quit, they stuttered their manner to 315-nine, notwithstanding Imam and Babar supplying the platform with their 157 partnership off 151 balls for the second wicket.

But whilst the latter turned into brushed off hit wicket a ball after recording his 7th one-day global century, 246-2 inside the forty second over become perhaps not absolutely capitalised upon.
Imad Wasim (43) did release a counter-assault with a few lusty blows no matter placing skipper Sarfaraz at the arm at one degree, forcing him to retire harm.

Ultimately, neither that nor the damage might price Pakistan, with the wicketkeeper capable of resume his innings off the remaining ball, earlier than adding a trap and a stumping within the discipline.

Shaheen’s figures have been both his first five-wicket haul in ODI cricket and the quality figures by way of a Pakistan bowler in a World Cup suit.

The 19-yr-antique left-armer had Shakib caught in the back of after which eliminated the lower order with a series of fast yorkers to claim the first-rate figures of the event so far.

He is one in all a number of staggering younger players on this Pakistan group, including Imam, 23, leg-spinner Shadab Khan, 20 and 24-yr-vintage Babar, who might be key individuals of the side as they construct in the direction of the next World Cup.

All-rounder Shoaib Malik, 37, showed he’s going to now retire from ODI cricket, although he will continue to play in Twenty20s.
Tigers’ roll involves a halt
Bangladesh came to this World Cup as dangerous underdogs and brought about a couple of upsets alongside the way.

But amid memorable victories against South Africa and West Indies, defeats which includes this, in which standout character performances have lacked help, were disappointing.

Here Mustafizur Rahman took 5-75 to turn out to be the second one-maximum wicket-taker on the event on 20 at the back of Australia’s Mitchell Starc with 24.

Then with the bat, Shakib reinstated himself at the top of the run-scoring charts on 606 along with his 7th rating of 50 or greater on this competition, consisting of centuries, which equalled Sachin Tendulkar’s document for India from 2003.