Images from Friday’s World Cup match between Pakistan and Bangladesh, at Lord’s.
IMAGE: Pakistan’s Imam-ul Haq gestures to the crowd as he leaves the field after being declared out hit-wicket soon after completing his hundred in Friday’s World Cup match against Bangladesh, at Lord’s. Photograph: Paul Childs/Reuters
‘Mission impossible’ remained unaccomplished for Pakistan, who, as expected, missed the semi-final bus but wrapped up their World Cup campaign with a thumping 94-run victory over Bangladesh, at Lord’s, on Friday.
Aware that the situation demanded them to beat Bangladesh by 300-plus runs to make it to the knock-out stage, Pakistan needed to put on board a total of no less than 450 to stand a chance.
The way they batted, it seemed the 1992 champions were resigned to the fact that such a mammoth victory would remain out of their reach and it was business as usual for them.
IMAGE: Shaheen Afridi, who finished with figures of 6 for 35, celebrates taking the wicket of Tamim Iqbal. Photograph: Paul Childs/Reuters
All they could manage was 315 for nine after electing to bat, courtesy Imam-ul-Haq (100) and Babar Azam (96), who added 157 runs for the second wicket.
They bowled out Bangladesh for 221 in 44.1 overs to record their fourth win on the trot since suffering defeat at the hands of arch-rivals India.
Friday’s result means that New Zealand joined India, Australia and hosts England in the knock-out stage.
IMAGE: Shakib Al Hasan was the best of the Bangladesh batsmen, scoring 64 off 77 balls. Photograph: Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images
Pakistan (-0.525) finished fifth in the table with 11 points, tied with New Zealand (0.175), but were beaten on Net-Run-Rate by the Kiwis.
Bangladesh placed seventh with as many points.
Shakib-Al Hasan’s incredible run at this World Cup culminated with a 64-run knock. He totalled 606 runs and an average of 86.57.
IMAGE: Tamim Iqbal is bowled Shaheen Afridi. Photograph: Paul Childs/Reuters
The world number one all-rounder kept Bangladesh interested in the contest but did not get support from his colleagues. Saumya Sarkar (22), Mushfiqur Rahim (16) and Liton Das (32) got starts but could not convert them into impact innings.
Once Shakib was dismissed by left-arm pacer Shahin Afridi, it was over for the 2015 quarter-finalists.
Afridi returned career-best figures of six for 35, while leg-spinner Shadab Khan took two wickets.
IMAGE: Babar Azam was out leg before wicket after fine 96. Photograph: Paul Childs/Reuters
Earlier, Pakistan’s abysmal net run-rate going into the match meant the 1992 champions had no real chance of pipping New Zealand to the last semi-final slot, but Imam (100) and Azam (96) added 157 for the second wicket to lay the foundation for a big total.
Pakistan owed their total to the two young batsmen, as they added 157 runs for the second wicket.
IMAGE: Mohammad Saifuddin, who fininshed with a four-wicket haul, celebrates taking the wicket of Babar Azam. Photograph: Paul Childs/Reuters
While the 23-year-old Imam became the youngest Pakistani to score a hundred in a World Cup game, Azam missed out on his second century in the tournament by just four runs.
Imad Wasim’s quick-fire 26-ball 43 took Pakistan past 300.
The intent to get that improbable total was missing in opener Fakhar Zaman as he took 31 balls to score his 13.
Imam and Babar too batted in their usual fashion, showing no urgency to get quick runs. Their partnership was broken when Mohammad Saifuddin trapped Azam with a dipping yorker. Azam’s knock came off 98 balls, with 11 shots to the fence.
IMAGE: Mustafizur Rahman celebrates dismissing Mohammad Amir, his fifth wicket of the innings. Photograph: Paul Childs/Reuters
The bespectacled left-handed Imam was joined at the crease by the seasoned Mohammad Hafeez (27) and they raised a 66-run stand for the third wicket.
Imam completed his seventh ODI hundred with a single off left-arm Mustafizur Rahman in the 42nd over of the innings but was soon out hit-wicket.
Hafeez swept a spinner straight to a fielder in the deep. Had it not been for Wasim’s knock, Pakistan would have struggled to reach 300.
Since their defeat against arch-rivals India, Pakistan have recorded three wins on the trot. They can wrap up their campaign on a high with a win.