The left arm seam broke Shakib Al Hasan and Co.’s spine as he finished with a 4/22. His superb bowling efforts helped Pakistan limit Bangladesh to 127/8 in 20 overs.
Najmul Hossain Shanto was Bangladesh’s top scorer with 54 overs in 48 overs as other batsmen failed to stage. Shadab Khan excelled again with a couple of crucial dismissals, while Haris Rauf and Iftikhar Ahmed scored a wicket each.
Babar Azam and Co. need 128 runs against Bangladesh to win the match and advance to the semi-finals.
Fans on Twitter were excited to witness one of the most stunning spells and raved about Shaheen Afridi’s performance in a crucial game for Pakistan. Here are some reactions:
‘Bowlers have done their job’ – Shadab Khan after his outstanding bowling performance against Bangladesh at the 2022 T20 World Cup
co-captain Shadab Khan Kudos to Pakistan’s bowling department for limiting Bangladesh to under-par scores.
He told Star Sports in the midgame:
“So far so good. The bowlers have done their job. We have assessed the conditions well. Hope the batsmen do the same. Slower bowlers (valid for fast bowlers) if You pitch slowly as a spinner and you get help too. The referee gave it, so it was eliminated (Shakib’s decision).”
He also backed Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan to finish well and take Pakistan to the T20 World Cup semi-finals.
“We had a world-class opener. Babar wasn’t doing well, but he was an important player of the game.”
South Africa scored 5 points in as many games, while Pakistan and Bangladesh scored 4 points in as many games. The winning team in this crucial match will seal their place in the semi-finals.
Meanwhile, India have picked up six points from four matches. Rohit Sharma and Co. will face Zimbabwe in their final group match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.
On the other hand, New Zealand and England have already qualified for the knockout stage of Group 1. The first-placed team will play against the second-placed team in Group 2, and vice versa. The T20 World Cup semi-finals are scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday (November 9-10).