Pakistan qualified for the semifinals of the T20 World Cup after defeating Bangladesh by five wickets on Sunday.
In a close game in Adelaide, Pakistan defeated Bangladesh to go to the semifinals of the ongoing T20 World Cup in Australia. Due to Shaheen Afridi's heroics, Babar Azam's team was able to restrict fellow challenger Bangladesh to a meager total of 127 runs after South Africa's elimination from the competition earlier in the day. The Pakistani batsmen performed well enough to defeat Shakib Al Hasan's Bangladesh team with ease.
Shaheen Afridi, fast bowling star from Pakistan, was criticized after failing to pick up a wicket in either of his first two World Cup appearances. The pacer may have been hurried into the starting lineup after returning from a significant injury layoff, according to experts. With bowling stats of 4/22 against Bangladesh, a career high, the left-arm bowler ended all speculations.
Najmul Hossain Shanto, the opening batsman for Bangladesh, hit 54 while Afif Hossain was unbeaten on 24. Later, Pakistan easily achieved the goal, scoring 128 for five in 18.1 overs. Mohammad Haris scored a 31 off of 18 balls, while Mohammad Rizwan made a run-a-ball 32. Nasum Ahmed (1/14) was the best bowler for Bangladesh.
Brief scores: Bangladesh 127/8 in 20 overs (Najmul Hossain Shanto 54, Afif Hossain 24*; Shaheen Afridi 4-22, Shadab Khan 2-30) lost to Pakistan 128/5 in 18.1 overs (Mohammad Rizwan 32, Mohammad Haris 31; Nasum Ahmed 1-14) by 5 wickets
Pakistan (Playing XI): Mohammad Rizwan(w), Babar Azam(c), Mohammad Haris, Shan Masood, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi