Quick bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi returned career-best figures of 4-22 to steer Pakistan into the Twenty20 World Cup semi-finals with a five-wicket win over Bangladesh in a do-or-die conflict on Sunday.
Chasing a modest 128 for victory in Adelaide, Pakistan achieved their goal with 11 balls to spare and be a part of arch-rivals India within the remaining 4 from Group 2.
The conflict become a digital quarter-final after the Netherlands surprised South Africa within the opening match of the day, a end result which put India into the semis.
India play Zimbabwe within the final Tremendous 12 match of the match in Melbourne in a while Sunday to resolve who performs whom within the final 4. New Zealand and England certified from Group 1.
Man-of-the-match Shaheen, who missed the latest Asia Cup with harm, mentioned: “I’ve improved. Not straightforward to come back again from harm […] however I am making an attempt my finest.
“As a group, we’re very glad. We have performed nice. Bowl in the precise areas and quick was the plan.”
Requested if he was wanting ahead to the semis, he joked: “Now we’re wanting ahead to the ultimate.”
Pakistan bounced again from opening defeat in opposition to India and a shock loss to Zimbabwe to outplay South Africa final week.
They’d a spring of their step after the shock South Africa loss earlier on Sunday and Shaheen struck early because the left-arm fast despatched again Liton Das for 10 following Bangladesh’s determination to bat first on the Adelaide Oval.
Najmul Hossain Shanto capitalised on a reprieve when the normally secure Shadab Khan dropped the left-handed batsman on 11 at brief additional. The opener went on to top-score with 54 for Bangladesh.
Shadab struck twice on successive balls together with Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan out lbw, however he reviewed the choice and it appeared from replays that the ball grazed the bat earlier than it hit the pad.
However the third umpire upheld the on-field name as Shakib regarded surprised, waved his palms and did not wish to stroll off.
A Shadab hat-trick was averted by Afif Hossain.
Shakib’s wicket appeared to have an effect on the Bangladesh batsmen, who all of the sudden regarded out of kinds and managed a below-par whole regardless of an unbeaten 24 from Afif.
Bangladesh misplaced common wickets and Shaheen struck twice in a single over after which picked a fourth for the primary time in his T20 profession.
Mohammad Rizwan, who made 32 after he survived a dropped catch on nought, and Babar Azam, who scored 25, launched the chase in a gap stand of 57 however Pakistan appeared to lose their manner within the center.
Rizwan fell to quick bowler Ebadot Hossain within the subsequent over as Bangladesh regarded to battle again and had Mohammad Nawaz run out on 4.
However Mohammad Haris made 31 and placed on partnerships together with a 29-run stand with Shan Masood, unbeaten on 24, to information Pakistan into the semi-finals.