Pakistan set 316 runs for Bangladesh

Pakistan have made 315/9 in 50 overs against Bangladesh as they face a quite impossibe task to reach into the semi-finals. Bangladesh need to chase yet another 300-plus total, this time at Lord’s Cricket Ground.

Saifuddin struck early in the innings
Saifuddin struck early in the innings


Pakistan won the lucky toss to have a bat first. They kept their side unchanged while Bangladesh brought Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Mahmudullah Riyad in for Rubel Hossain and Sabbir Rahman.

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The opening pair of Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman put on 23 runs as Mohammad Saifuddin got Fakhar for 13 runs in the eighth over. Bangladesh’s poor fielding was visible again as they left three catching opportunities during the partnership of Babar Azam and Imam, which added 157 runs.

Babar missed out on a hundred, making 98-ball 96 runs. He did went on to become Pakistan’s highest-scorer in a single World Cup. Imam managed to score his maiden World Cup hundred, an exactly run-a-ball 100. Imam fell to Saifuddin being hit wicket.

The last ten overs went for 85 runs for the loss of 7 wickets. Mustafizur took his second consecutive five-wicket haul in the tournament, taking him to 20 wickets as the second leading wicket-taker of this tournament.

Pakistan’s innings ended 315/9, which means they have to bowl Bangladesh out for 7 runs in order to find a place in the top four. Imad Wasim played a cameo knock of 26-ball 43 runs.

Mustafizur leaked 75 runs for his 5 wickets, Bangladesh’s most expensive ODI five-for. Saifuddin gave 77 runs for 3 wickets in nine overs. Miraz was economical for his 1/30 in ten overs.

Brief scores:

Pakistan 315/9 in 50 overs (Imam 100, Babar 96; Mustafizur 5/75, Saifuddin 3/77)

Bangladesh need 316 runs to win

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