In the ICC Men’s World Cup 2023, Pakistan secured a crucial victory over Bangladesh, propelling them to the 5th position on the points table. In contrast, Bangladesh’s sixth consecutive defeat meant their exit from the tournament.
Pakistan breathed new life into their World Cup campaign by defeating Bangladesh by seven wickets in Kolkata. Unfortunately, Bangladesh faced elimination as they became the first team to bow out of the tournament. With just two points from seven matches, their chances were slim even if they won their remaining two games. Meanwhile, Pakistan, with six points from seven matches, still had a shot at the semi-finals if they could secure victories in their remaining fixtures.
In the 31st match of the ICC Men’s World Cup 2023, Pakistan clinched a vital win over Bangladesh by seven wickets. This victory allowed Pakistan to climb to the 5th position in the points table. However, they couldn’t secure the bonus point that would have improved their net run rate. Bangladesh’s disappointing performance saw them lose their sixth consecutive match, effectively ending their hopes of reaching the semi-finals.
The match was played at the Eden Garden Stadium in Kolkata, and Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan chose to bat after winning the toss. Unfortunately for Bangladesh, their innings concluded at just 204 runs in 45.1 overs. Mahmudullah was the highest scorer with 56 runs, while Liton Das and Shakib Al Hasan contributed 45 and 43 runs, respectively. Pakistan’s Shaheen Afridi took 3 wickets, Mohammad Wasim Jr. claimed 3 wickets for 31 runs, and Haris Rauf secured 2 wickets for 36 runs. Iftikhar Ahmed and Usama Mir also chipped in with 1 wicket each.
Pakistan successfully chased down the target of 205 runs in 32.3 overs, losing only 3 wickets. Fakhar Zaman scored 81 runs, Abdullah Shafiq contributed 68 runs, and Mohammad Rizwan remained unbeaten on 25 runs, while Iftikhar Ahmed remained unbeaten on 17 runs. Bangladesh’s Mehdi Hasan Miraj took 3 wickets. Both teams made several changes in their line-ups for this match, with Pakistan introducing Fakhar Zaman, Agha Salman, and Usama Mir, while Bangladesh made one change to their squad.