ICC T20 World Cup could have been home for another stunning victory or upset had Bangladesh won against Pakistan at Adelaide after Netherlands won against South Africa, on the same ground. Pakistan and Bangladesh, the arch nemesis have taken on each other at World Cup on 6th November and whoever win the game, would have directly qualified into Semi-Finals. Pakistan managed to cross the line with great difficulty after Bangladesh gave them many opportunities.
Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bat first. Pakistan bowlers took good use of used pitch and restricted Litton Das, hero for Bangladesh against India. Shaheen Shah Afridi got him early and Najmul Hossain Shanto labored his way to 54 runs off 48 balls. Shakib Al Hasan got a bad decision even after taking review as the TV umpire failed to notice deflection after ball hitting the bat edge.
Afif Hossain (24), Soumya Sarkar (20) tried their best but Bangladesh never found momentum against tight Pakistan bowling. Shaheen Shah Afridi (4/22) stood out among the bowlers with Haris Rauf (1/21), Shadab Khan (2/30), Iftikhar Ahmed (1/15) helping him in restricting Bangladesh to 127/8 in 20 overs.
Pakistan started their innings with their struggling openers Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan trying their best to get some momentum against Bangladesh bowling to dictate terms. Babar Azam 25(33) and Mohammad Rizwan 32(32) used up many balls to score their runs and Pakistan went into panic mode. Mohammad Haris scored 31 runs off 18 balls and took all the pressure away from Pakistan with his blistering knock. Shan Masood (24) finished the innings and Pakistan won the match with great labor in 18.1 overs. Pakistan won the match by 5 wickets scoring 128/5.
India (8) and Pakistan (6) have qualified to Semi-Finals from Group 2. New Zealand (7) and England (7) have qualified from Group 1. Australia also ended up with 7 points but their marginal victory against Afghanistan and huge defeat against New Zealand cost them the NRR to top England.
Pakistan will take on New Zealand at SCG, Sydney on 9th November and India will take on England at Adelaide Oval on 10th November. ICC T20 World Cup final will be held on 13th November at MCG, Melbourne.
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