In the 2023 ICC World Cup, Pakistan had a much-needed victory over Bangladesh, ending their losing streak. This win was crucial for Babar Azam’s team, and it came with a dominant performance. Fakhar Zaman, the Pakistan opener, played an aggressive inning, and pace bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi excelled with the ball. Bangladesh, batting first, was bowled out for 204 in 45.1 overs, turning the match into a low-scoring affair. Pakistan’s speedsters, Afridi and Mohammad Wasim Jr, combined to take six wickets. Riding on Zaman’s blistering knock of 81 off 74 balls, Pakistan comfortably chased down the target, winning by seven wickets and recording their third win in the ICC World Cup.
Prior to this victory, Pakistan had faced defeats against India, Australia, and Afghanistan in the round-robin phase of the tournament. With this win, Pakistan secured Bangladesh’s exit from the semi-final race in the ICC World Cup.
Despite their earlier struggles, Pakistan still has a chance to secure a semi-final berth. They improved their net run rate in the round-robin stage, which moved them up to the fifth position on the World Cup points table. They are two points behind Australia and New Zealand, who are in third and fourth place, while South Africa is in second place, four points ahead of Pakistan. Pakistan’s qualification case could be strengthened further if either New Zealand, South Africa, or Australia loses a few matches and fails to reach the 10-point mark. In that case, Pakistan could potentially surpass its closest rival for a semi-final spot with a superior net run rate. Pakistan’s upcoming matches against New Zealand and England will be crucial in determining their fate in the tournament.
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