Pakistan jumps to 5th position , pak vs ban

Pakistan jumps to 5th position with the increase in net run rate (NRR) which will help them to make their position in top 4 for semi-finals , pakistan gave a perfect performace today with both bat and ball which will not only boost their standing in table but also increase their confidence.

Pakistan jumps to 5th position
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Pakistan put on an impressive show, dominating Bangladesh in a decisive seven-wicket victory at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Tuesday, October 23.

The game was shaped by Pakistan’s strong performance in bowling, with their pace trio grabbing eight wickets collectively to dismiss Bangladesh for 204. Fakhar Zaman, returning to the team, then took charge with a rapid 81 off 74 balls, supported by Abdullah Shafique’s 68 off 69 balls, leading Pakistan to a significant net-run-rate boost. Unfortunately for Bangladesh, this loss meant they were officially out of the tournament.

With a manageable target to chase, the conditions were in Pakistan’s favor, as the pitch had eased out under the lights. Zaman took full advantage, hitting two impressive cross-batted sixes against Taskin Ahmed and continued to dominate even after the first Powerplay. Shafique, while more subdued, contributed some classy strokes, helping Pakistan easily handle Bangladesh’s bowling unit.

As the game progressed, runs came swiftly, and it was clear that Pakistan was aiming for a swift finish. Zaman, Shafique, and skipper Babar Azam all fell in the pursuit of acceleration, allowing Mehidy Hasan to claim three wickets, but the outcome was never in doubt. Mohammad Rizwan and Iftikhar Ahmed sealed the deal, with Pakistan winning with 105 balls to spare. It was a relentless run chase from Babar’s team, with their bowlers setting the stage for victory in the first half of the match.

On the other hand, Bangladesh’s batting performance was lackluster. Shaheen Afridi made an early impact with two quick wickets, followed by Haris Rauf’s dismissal of Mushfiqur Rahim, leaving Bangladesh struggling at 23/3. A promising 79-run partnership between Litton Das and Mahmudullah raised hopes, but once it was broken, the innings slowed down significantly. Despite some good performances from Mahmudullah and Litton, Bangladesh needed one of them to carry the innings deep.

After their dismissals, Bangladesh’s innings stagnated, with Shakib Al Hasan struggling during his time at the crease. Pakistan’s pacers maintained relentless pressure, hitting the right lengths to trouble Bangladesh’s batsmen. Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, and Mohammad Wasim Jr led the charge, with Wasim Jr’s reverse-swinging deliveries standing out. Despite Mehidy’s efforts towards the end, Bangladesh could only manage to cross the 200 mark. This score was never going to challenge Pakistan, who comfortably secured the win.

Brief scores: Bangladesh 204 in 45.1 overs (Mahmudullah 56, Litton Das 45; Shaheen Afridi 3-23, Mohammad Wasim Jr 3-31) lost to Pakistan 205/3 in 32.3 overs (Fakhar Zaman 81, Abdullah Shafique 68; Mehidy Hasan Miraz 3-60) by seven wickets.

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