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Fizz, Shakib heroics fail to inspire Tigers

  • Published at 03:05 pm July 5th, 2019
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Bangladesh's Mustafizur Rahman bowls against Pakistan during their World Cup match in London Friday Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik from London

Bangladesh finished the tournament in seventh position with seven points in the points table among 10 teams, although South Africa can leapfrog them with a win against Australia Saturday at Old Trafford in Manchester

Bangladesh finished their 2019 World Cup campaign on a disappointing note as they were defeated by Pakistan by 94 runs in their last group stage game of the tournament at Lord’s in London Friday.

Chasing 316 runs, the Tigers folded for 221 in 44.1 overs.

Bangladesh managed three wins, and seven points, out of nine games while one match was washed out and the points were shared. 

The Tigers started their mission impressively by defeating South Africa at the Oval in London in their first game but finished the tournament in frustration after suffering a convincing defeat against Pakistan. 

They finished the tournament in seventh position with seven points in the points table among 10 teams, although the Proteas can leapfrog them with a win against Australia Saturday at Old Trafford in Manchester.  

Shakib the lone warrior

Bangladesh started cautiously during their chase but once again, openers Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar lost their wickets after getting set. 

Tamim scored eight off 21 deliveries while Soumya made a run-a ball 22. 

Mushfiqur Rahim (16), Liton Kumar Das (32), Mahmudullah (29) and Mosaddek Hossain (16) were all dismissed in similar fashion as they got set but failed to carry their innings. 

Only Shakib scored a half-century, making 64 off 77 deliveries before getting out to Shaheen Shah Afridi in the 33rd over. 

Shakib’s individual brilliance and other batsmen’s failure to score big really summed up Bangladesh’s batting display in the World Cup.

Shakib finished the World Cup scoring 606 runs in eight innings, and is the third batsman in history to cross the 600-mark in a single edition after Sachin Tendulkar of India scored 673 runs in 11 innings in 2003 and Matthew Hayden of Australia totaled 659 in 10 innings in 2007.   

Pakistan pacer Shaheen produced a magnificent display of fast bowling as he picked up six wickets conceding just 35 runs. 

He was adjudged man-of-the-match for his brilliant bowling.

Earlier, Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed won the toss and elected to bat first. 

Bangladesh made two changes to their playing XI from the last game against India as all-rounder Mahmudullah and Mehedi Hasan Miraz were included in place of Sabbir Rahman and Rubel Hossain.

Imam-Babar partnership shows the way

Bangladesh initiated an early breakthrough when the score was 23 as Fakhar Zaman was caught at point by Miraz after scoring 13. 

But the other opener Imam-ul-Haq and No 3 batsman Babar Azam took over and formed a confident 157-run partnership for the second wicket. 

Bangladesh fielders were sloppy on quite a few occasions as runs were coming quite easily. 

Mosaddek Hossain dropped a sitter at point when Babar was on 59.

Eventually, Babar got out on 96 when he was trapped leg-before wicket by Saifuddin in the last ball of the 32nd over. 

Babar scored 96 off 98 deliveries with 11 boundaries. 

But Imam managed to score a century before getting hit-wicket against Mustafizur Rahman. 

The Imam-Babar partnership laid the foundation for Pakistan as they scored 315/9 in their stipulated 50 overs.

Mustafizur strikes back in the death, again

Bangladesh left-arm pacer Mustafizur took a five wicket haul in back-to-back matches and produced similar brilliance with the ball in the slog overs. 

In the last ball of the innings, Mustafizur helped Bangladesh to restrict India to 314, despite a strong start, and that is exactly what happened Friday. 

Pakistan were cruising to a possible 340-350 total at one stage when their score was 246 for the loss of two wickets in 41 overs. 

But Mustafizur bowled with variation and cutters in the death overs and finished with five wickets. 

In the first five overs, Mustafizur conceded 40 runs without taking a wicket.

And in his remaining five, Mustafizur took five wickets giving away 35 runs, making his bowling figure stand at 75/5 in 10 overs. 

Saifuddin notched three wickets conceding 77 runs. 

But Miraz was the most economical bowler as he finished his quota leaking just 30 runs, and also dismissing Mohammad Hafeez. 

Veteran skipper Mashrafe bin Mortaza remained wicketless again, for the fifth match in a row.

MATCH 43

PAKISTAN INNINGS            R    B

Fakhar c Miraz b Saifuddin        13    31

Imam hit wicket b Mustafizur     100    100

Babar lbw b Saifuddin            96    98

Hafeez c Shakib b Miraz        27    25

Haris c Soumya b Mustafizur         6    6

Imad c Mahmudullah b Mustafizur    43    26

Sarfaraz not out            3    3

Wahab b Saifuddin            2    4

Shadab c & b Mustafizur         1    2

Amir c Mushfiq b Mustafizur         8    6

Shaheen not out            0    0

Extras (lb 3, nb 1, w 12)        16 

Total (50 Overs)            315/9 

Fall Of Wickets

1-23 (Fakhar), 2-180 (Babar), 3-246 (Imam), 4-248 (Hafeez), 5-255 (Haris), 6-288 (Wahab), 7-289 (Shadab), 8-314 (Imad), 9-314 (Amir)

Bowling

Miraz 10-0-30-1, Saifuddin 9-0-77-3, Mustafizur 10-0-75-5, Mashrafe 7-0-46-0, Shakib 10-0-57-0, Mosaddek 4-0-27-0

BANGLADESH INNINGS        R    B

Tamim b Shaheen             8    21

Soumya c Fakhar b Amir        22    22

Shakib c Sarfaraz b Shaheen         64    77

Mushfiq b Wahab             16    19

Liton c Haris b Shaheen         32    40

Mahmudullah b Shaheen         29    41

Mosaddek c Babar b Shadab         16    21

Saifuddin c Amir b Shaheen         0    1

Miraz not out                7    6

Mashrafe st Sarfaraz b Shadab     15    14

Mustafizur b Shaheen         1    3

Extras (lb 5, w 6)            11 

Total (44.1 Overs)            221 

Fall Of Wickets

1-26 (Soumya), 2-48 (Tamim), 3-78 (Mushfiq), 4-136 (Liton), 5-154 (Shakib), 6-197 (Mosaddek), 7-197 (Saifuddin), 8-198 (Mahmudullah), 9-219 (Mashrafe), 10-221 (Mustafizur)

Bowling

Hafeez 6-1-32-0, Amir 7-0-31-1, Shaheen 9.1-0-35-6, Wahab 7-0-33-1, Imad 6-0-26-0, Shadab 9-0-59-2

Pakistan won by 94 runs

MoM: Shaheen Shah Afridi