Kolkata: The Pakistani team has made a strong comeback in the ODI World Cup 2023 being hosted by India. Under the captaincy of Babar Azam, Pakistan team has registered its first win after losing 4 consecutive matches. It defeated Bangladesh by 7 wickets in the match played on Tuesday (31 October).
In this match played at Eden Gardens, Kolkata, Pakistan was given a target of 205 runs, in response to which Babar Brigade won the match in just 32.3 overs. With this victory, Pakistan’s hopes of reaching the semi-finals remain intact. Whereas Bangladesh is completely out.
Pakistani captain Babar Azam flopped once again
For Pakistan, opener Fakhar Zaman played the highest innings of 81 runs in 74 balls. During this, he hit 7 sixes and 3 fours. While Abdullah Shafiq scored 68 runs on 69 balls. Both of them made a partnership of 128 runs for the first wicket. Off-spinner Mehdi Hasan Miraj took all three wickets for Bangladesh.
Babar Azam once again proved to be a flop in this match. He played 16 balls and scored only 9 runs. He had a good chance to return to form and could play some good shots. On the other hand, the bowlers of Bangladesh team also failed to put pressure on Pakistan. Only Mehdi Hasan could take 3 wickets, but he too could not win the match.
Highlights of Pakistan’s innings
First wicket: Abdullah Shafiq (68), wicket- Mehdi Hasan, 128/1
Second wicket: Babar Azam (9), wicket- Mehdi Hasan, 160/2
Third wicket: Fakhar Zaman (81), wicket- Mehdi Hasan, 169/3
Pakistan had a target of 205 runs
In this match, Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan won the toss and decided to bat first. After this the team collapsed after scoring only 204 runs. Mahmudullah scored the maximum 56 runs for the team. Apart from them, Liton Das played an inning of 45 runs and captain Shakib played an inning of 43 runs. Shaheen Afridi and Mohammad Wasim took 3-3 wickets for Pakistan. While Haris Rauf got 2 successes.
There were three changes in the Pakistani team for this match. Imam ul Haq, Shadab Khan and Mohammad Nawaz were dropped. Fakhar Zaman, Salman Ali Aga and Usama Mir were brought back in their place.
Highlights of Bangladesh’s innings
First wicket: Tanjeed Hasan (0), wicket- Shaheen Shah Afridi, 1-0
Second wicket: Nazmul Hussain Shanto (4), wicket- Shaheen Shah Afridi, 2-6.
Third wicket: Mushfiqur Rahim (5), wicket- Haris Rauf, 3-23
Fourth wicket: Liton Das (45), wicket- Iftikhar Ahmed, 102/4
Fifth wicket: Mahmudullah (56), wicket- Shaheen Afridi, 130/5
Sixth wicket: Tauheed Hridoy (7), wicket- Usama Mir, 140/6
Seventh wicket: Shakib Al Hasan (43), wicket- Haris Rauf, 185/7
Eighth wicket: Mehdi Hasan Miraz (25), wicket- Mohammad Wasim, 200/8
Ninth wicket: Taskin Ahmed (6), wicket- Mohammad Wasim, 201/9
Tenth wicket: Mustafizur Rahman (3), wicket- Mohammad Wasim, 204/10
Bangladesh and Pakistan head to head
39 matches have been played between both the teams in ODI. Of these, Bangladesh has won 5 times, Pakistan has won 34 times. This was the third match between the two teams in the ODI World Cup. In these, Pakistan has won twice and Bangladesh once. The journey of both the teams in the tournament has been disappointing at present.
Pakistan’s playing eleven: Abdullah Shafiq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam (captain), Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper), Saud Shakeel, Iftikhar Ahmed, Agha Salman, Shaheen Afridi, Usama Mir, Mohammad Wasim Jr. and Haris Rauf.
Bangladesh’s playing eleven: Liton Das, Tanjeed Hasan, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Shakib Al Hasan (captain), Mushfiqur Rahim (wicketkeeper), Mahmudullah, Tauheed Hridoy, Mehdi Hasan Miraj, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman and Shoriful Islam.