ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019
Venue: Lord's, London
Date & Time: 05 July 2019
RR: 5.00 | Pakistan beat Bangladesh by 94 runs
So that is it from this game! Pakistan end their World Cup campaign on a good note and Bangladesh in a bad manner. Both though did not have a tournament to remember. On the 6th of June which is a Saturday and which is also the last day of the group stage of this World Cup, there are two games lined up. Two big games as it would decide who finishes on top and who would end up being second. The first game sees Sri Lanka take on India and the second is a battle between Australia and South Africa. The first game begins at 10.30 am local (0930 GMT). The second begins at 1.30 pm local (1230 GMT). Till then, goodbye and take care!
Pakistan skipper, Sarfaraz Ahmed, says it is very unfortunate they came into form at the back end but could not qualify. Admits the game against Windies cost them a lot. Further adds they though played very good cricket throughout the tournament and were good in all three departments. Mentions they started off with a different combination but how Haris Sohail and Afridi came back was commendable. Tells they have a break of almost two months and they need to sit down and have a chat. Credits the batters and the bowlers for the way they played today. Ends by saying the way Shaheen Afridi is bowling in recent times has been exceptional.
Bangladesh skipper, Mashrafe Mortaza, says in the last two matches, Shakib batted well but they could not get partnerships. Mentions they felt they could chase this down but they lacked partnerships. Credits Shakib for the way he has played throughout and feels had he not performed, they would not have played so well. States the fielding cost them in many games, the bowling is an issue but fielding was poor. Further adds batting was excellent. Tells since the time Mustafizur Rahman started playing, he has been brilliant, he did get injured but came back strongly and he hopes he has no injury issues moving ahead. Admits he is not satisfied with their performance as they could not qualify for the semis but he is happy they gave their 100 percent. Ends by saying he will go home and think about whether he wants to continue playing for Bangladesh or not.
MAN OF THE MATCH, Shaheen Afridi, says he has been working hard in the nets and with the bowling coach and he is happy with this success. States it is a special feeling for him, his family and Pakistan. Informs he asked his captain whether he can bowl yorkers, he got the nod and bowled them. Mentions the wicket was slow, Rahman bowled well by using cutters and he did the same. Ends by saying he dedicates this award to his father.
Earlier in the day, Imam's ton and Babar's 96 powered Pakistan to a above par score. Rahman was the best bowler in the first half as he finished with a fifer. It though is for a losing cause as Bangladesh fell well short of Pakistan's total.
The Pakistan bowling was top notch today! When you bowl an opposition out for 221, the bowling obviously has done well right? Shaheen though was the star as he finished with a 6-fer. Shadab Khan was on the expensive side but did take two wickets. Amir and Riaz took one each.
A very, very convincing win today for Pakistan! It was like, the Bangladesh batting line-up, which has been so good in this tournament, just never arrived. They needed to get off to a good start chasing 316 but they lost Sarkar early. Tamim had another poor outing with the bat. Rahim too did not last for long. Shakib once again was the only one who showed resistance. Das did hang around with him but perished just as the two started to get going. Shakib soon followed and once he fell, it seemed like Bangladesh had given up. Mahmudullah and Hossain played with no intent and when they decided to step on the gas, they could not find the boundaries and one by one, perished and were bowled out for a moderate total.
The Pakistan players walk off with a smile and a very nice gesture by them as they give Shoaib Malik a guard of honour. Well deserved that as he has served his country for a very long time and done so really well.
A stumping appeal has been taken upstairs. Mash is already walking.
Mashrafe Mortaza walks out to bat for probably the last time in his career.
Mehedi Hasan is the new man in.
Shaheen Afridi is back on!
Time for Powerplay 3! 5 fielders can be placed outside the ring till the 50th over.
Mohammad Saifuddin is the new man in.
Shadab Khan is back!
A tremendous effort in the field by Shadab. Is Mosaddek short? He looks calm...
Mosaddek Hossain walks out to bat.
Mohammad Amir is back!
Mahmudullah is the new man in.
Shaheen Afridi is back!
Shadab Khan is on!
Slight hold up in play! Liton Das is getting some extra cushion at the back of his helmet. They are taking their own sweet time in doing that, no one is bothered.
Liton Das is the new man in!
Imad Wasim is on now!
Wahab Riaz is on now!
Mushfiqur Rahim is the new man in.
Powerplay 2 has been signaled! Now a maximum of 4 fielders can be placed outside the ring till the 40th over.
Change of ends for Hafeez!
Shaheen Afridi is now! He has been in good form lately.
Shakib Al Hasan, the man who has been brilliant with the bat so far, comes out. Needs to end the tournament on a high with another good knock here.
Mohammad Amir to bowl from the other end with the second new ball.
We are back for the chase! The Pakistan players make their way out to the middle. They are followed by the Bangladesh openers, Soumya Sarkar and Tamim Iqbal. Pakistan start off with a spinner, Mohammad Hafeez has the first new ball in hand. Here we go...