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ICC T20 WC: Pakistan knock Bangladesh out, enter semi-final

Pakistan became the fourth team to enter the semi-final of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2022 with a five-wicket win over Bangladesh at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday afternoon

After opting to bat Bangladesh posted 127 for eight in their 20 overs and in their response Pakistan finished on 128 for five in 18.1 overs.

Earlier, Bangladesh was well served by a 52 run stand for the second wicket between Najmul Hossain Shanto and Soumya Sarkar. But thereafter there was a collapse as Bangladesh lost its way and kept losing wickets at regular intervals. There was no partnership of any worth for Bangladesh which did not help their cause. In the end Shanto finished on 54 off 48 balls with seven boundaries. Bangladesh finished on 127 for eight in their 20 overs. For Pakistan the best bowlers were Shaheen Afridi (4-22) and Shadab Khan (2-30).

In their response Pakistan began well thanks to a 57 run opening stand between captain Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan. But after both fell in quick succession, there was a 31 run stand between Mohammad Nawaz and Mohammad Haris. Haris then carried the chase forward with Shan Masood. In the end Masood applied finishing touches to the chase as Pakistan finished on 128 for five in 18.1 overs. Pakistan entered the semi-finals and will now wait to see which team they play. 

Match Summary
Bangladesh: 127-8 (20)
Fall of wickets: 1-21 (Litton Das-2.5 ov), 2-73 (Soumya Sarkar-10.4 ov), 3-73 (Shakib Al Hasan-10.5 ov), 4-91 (Najmul Hossain Shanto-13.2 ov), 5-107 (Mosaddek Hossain-16.2 ov), 6-107 (Nurul Hasan-16.5 ov), 7-109 (Taskin Ahmed-18.1 ov), 8-126 (Nasum Ahmed-19.5 ov)

Pakistan: 128-5 (18.1)
Fall of wickets: 1-57 (Babar Azam-10.3 ov), 2-61 (Mohammad Rizwan-11.2 ov), 3-92 (Mohammad Nawaz-14.4 ov), 4-121 (Mohammad Haris-16.5 ov), 5-126 (Iftikhar Ahmed-17.6 ov)


Playing XI
Pakistan: Mohammad Rizwan (wicket-keeper), Babar Azam (captain), Mohammad Haris,Shan Masood, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Wasim, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf,Shaheen Afridi

Bangladesh: Nazmul Hossain Shanto,Soumya Sarkar, Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan (captain), Afif Hossain, Nurul Hasan (wicket-keeper), Mosaddek Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Nasum Ahmed, Ebadot Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman

Match Details
Toss: Bangladesh, elected to bat
Venue: Adelaide Oval
Start time: 0400 hrs GMT
Match officials: Adrian Holdstock, Joel Wilson (On-field Umpires); Langton Rusere (TV Umpire); Michael Gough (Reserve Umpire); Chris Broad (Match-referee)

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