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Tigers succumb to sixth defeat in a row

Like the previous heavy losses in the last 5 games, including a shocking defeat to the Dutch, Bangladesh did not put up any fight whatsoever

Update : 01 Nov 2023, 08:26 AM

Bangladesh produced another below-par performance against Pakistan at Eden Gardens Tuesday to fall to their sixth defeat in a row in their ongoing World Cup campaign.

Like the previous heavy losses in the last five games, including a shocking defeat to the Netherlands, Bangladesh did not manage to put up any fight whatsoever.

Pakistan chased down the mediocre target of 205 with a dominant batting display, in just 32.3 overs with seven wickets in hand.

Pakistan opening pair Abdullah Shafique and Fakhar Zaman built a solid partnership of 128 within 21 overs to put an end to any hopes Bangladesh had of defending the low total.

Shafique scored 68 off 69 with nine boundaries and two sixes while Fakhar was the more aggressive with 81 off 74 including three fours and seven maximums.

Bangladesh took three wickets in the latter stages, with off-spinner Mehedi Hasan Miraz bagging them all, but that only served to slow down the run chase a bit.

Earlier, another batting failure at the top left the Tigers on the backfoot straightway as they lost two wickets in the first three overs and at one stage were 23 for three after six overs with Tanzid Hasan (nought), Nazmul Hossain Shanto (four) and Mushfiqur Rahim (five) all dismissed in quick succession.

In-form Mahmudullah was promoted to No 5 and the veteran formed an important partnership of 79 for the fourth wicket with Liton Das.

But when things were looking a bit better for the Tigers after a wobbling start, Liton (45 off 64) lost his wicket by giving a dolly catch to midwicket in the 21st over.

Mahmudullah tried to restore parity with a little 28-run stand with skipper Shakib al Hasan for the fifth wicket and along the way picked up a well-deserved half-century.

But a superb out-swinger from Shaheen Shah Afridi outfoxed Mahmudullah and rocked his defence as the delivery angled in but slightly swung outside late to hit the middle stump. 

Mahmudullah’s gritty 56 off 70 was composed with six boundaries and one six.

Towhid Hridoy played a rash shot to depart after playing only three balls and Bangladesh were in deeper trouble on 140 for six in 32 overs.

Shakib (43 off 64) tried to make an attempt to rescue their innings with a 45-run partnership alongside Miraz but the Bangladesh skipper’s departure in the 40th over ensured Tigers would post an average score.

Pakistan pacers rattled the lower middle-order in the late stage to wrap up the innings as Bangladesh managed to score only 204 losing all of their wickets in 45.1 overs.

Bangladesh have two remaining games in the World Cup – against Sri Lanka in New Delhi and then against Australia in Pune - before returning home.


Bangladesh 204 in 45.1 overs (Mahmudullah 56, Afridi 3/23) lost to Pakistan 205/3 in 32.3 overs (Fakhar 81, Miraz 3/60) by 7 wickets

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