The 31st match of the ongoing World Cup in India witnessed the Pakistan vs Bangladesh result being another of those one-sided clashes. Babar Azam's Pakistan finally broke their four-match losing streak at the World Cup and climbed to the fifth position in the points table, while Bangladesh became the first team to be officially knocked out of the tournament following their sixth loss in a row.
Pakistan's net run rate has also improved significantly as Bangladesh didn’t even put up a fight defending their modest total of 204.
As far as the match is concerned, Bangladesh opted to bat first after winning the toss and were always behind the game. They never recovered after two quick wickets to Shaheen Afridi. However, Mahmudullah scored a half-century while Shakib and Litton Das scored valuable 40s which took their team’s total to 204 before they were bowled out in the 46th over.
In response, Pakistan were always on track in the chase thanks to a fresh approach from Fakhar Zaman who returned to the playing XI at the expense of Imam-ul-Haq. Abdullah Shafique and Fakhar’s half-centuries meant that Pakistan chased down the target of 205 runs in the 33rd over itself with seven wickets in hand.
Pakistan vs Bangladesh result: Pakistan won by seven wickets
Pakistan stayed alive in the tournament and also climbed to fifth place in the points table after they defeated Bangladesh, chasing down the 205-run target in Kolkata.
Bangladesh’s innings: After opting to bat first, they were reeling at 23-3 at one stage before Das and Mahmudullah revived the innings and then Shakib Al Hasan just made sure that they crossed the 200-run mark. But none of the three batters could convert starts into big knocks as they were folded for 204 runs. Afridi was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3/23 while Mohammad Wasim Jr also picked three wickets for 31 runs.
Pakistan’s chase: Pakistan openers Shafique and Fakhar added 128 runs for the opening wicket to put the team ahead in the chase. Even though skipper Babar Azam got out early and then Fakhar was dismissed with 36 runs needed to win, Pakistan were always ahead in the chase as they reached the target to win their third match of World Cup 2023.
Man of the Match | Pakistan vs Bangladesh Result
Interestingly, despite Shaheen’s exceptional spell upfront that derailed Bangladesh’s innings on a good pitch, Fakhar Zaman won the Player of the Match award for his aggressive knock of 81 runs. The left-hander was dropped after the Netherlands game early in the competition and stormed back in style to smash three fours and seven sixes during his knock.
Pakistan vs Bangladesh Final Scorecard
The final scorecard of the Pakistan vs Bangladesh result:
Bangladesh Innings: 204/10 after 45.1 overs
Pakistan Innings: 205/3 after 32.3 overs
|Mehidy Hasan Miraz||9||0||60||3||6.7|
|Shakib Al Hasan||5.3||0||30||0||5.5|
|Najmul Hossain Shanto||1||0||5||0||5|