Shaheen stars as Pakistan restrict Bangladesh to 204 in World Cup


Pakistan´s Shaheen Shah Afridi (C) celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of Bangladesh´s Najmul Hossain Shanto through the 2023 ICC Males´s Cricket World Cup one-day worldwide (ODI) match between Pakistan and Bangladesh on the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on October 31, 2023. — AFP

Pakistan quick bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi took three wickets to assist restrict Bangladesh to 204 all out in a World Cup conflict they should win to maintain their semi-final hopes alive.

Shaheen completed with 3-23 and was ably supported by Mohammad Wasim’s 3-31.

Haris Rauf took 2-36 as Bangladesh struggled on a dry and gradual Eden Gardens pitch the place they folded in 45.1 overs.

Bangladesh, who gained the toss and batted, solely handed 200-mark due to a strong 70-ball 56 from Mahmudullah, 45 by Liton Das, and skipper Shakib Al Hasan’s 64-ball 43.

Shaheen struck with the fifth ball of his first over, trapping opener Tanzid Hasan proper in entrance of the wicket after which noticed Usama Mir clutch on to a flick off Najmul Hossain Shanto (4) in his subsequent.

The primary dismissal gave Shaheen his 100th wicket in his 51st one-day worldwide, making him the 21st Pakistani bowler with a century of wickets.

Tempo associate Haris made it 23-Three with the wicket of veteran Mushfiqur Rahim caught behind for 5 within the sixth over.

It took a 79-run stand between Mahmudullah and Liton to hold Bangladesh to 102 when Iftikhar Ahmed broke the stand with a gentle dismissal of Liton, caught off a unfastened shot.

Liton hit six boundaries in his 64-ball knock.

Shaheen got here again for his second spell to complete Mahmudullah’s knock, bowling him with an outstanding outswinger that hit the highest of the off stump.

Mahmudullah’s knock had a six and 6 boundaries.

Shaheen joined Australian spinner Adam Zampa as the highest wicket-taker at this World Cup with 16.

Shakib, who had a poor event with simply 61 runs in 5 innings forward of Tuesday’s recreation, mistimed a hook off Rauf and was caught by Agha Salman after hitting 4 boundaries.

Mehidy Hasan Miraz hit a six and a boundary to attain a 30-ball 25 however Wasim eliminated him after which Taskin Ahmed (six) and Mustafizur Rahman (three) in successive overs as Bangladesh misplaced their final six wickets for 74 runs.

Pakistan made three modifications from the facet that misplaced to South Africa in Chennai, with Shadab Khan (concussion), Mohammad Nawaz and Imam-ul-Haq neglected.

They had been changed by Fakhar Zaman, Mir and Agha Salman. Bangladesh introduced in Towhid Hridoy for Mahedi Hasan.

Enjoying XIs

Pakistan: Abdullah Shafique, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Saud Shakeel, Iftikhar Ahmed, Agha Salman, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Usama Mir, Mohammad Wasim, Haris Rauf.

Bangladesh: Litton Das (wk), Tanzid Hasan, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Shakib Al Hasan (c), Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Towhid Hridoy, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Shoriful Islam.

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