Shaheen Shah Afridi was at his best after taking six wickets to help Pakistan beat Bangladesh by 94 runs at Lord’s in the last clash of World Cup 2019.
Afridi conceded just 35 runs in his 9.1 overs at an economy of 3.81 and sealed the match for his team with a searing yorker to dismiss the last batsman Mustafizur Rehman.
“It is an honor for me to perform strongly at this historic ground of Lord’s. The pitch was helping me a lot and I tried to bowl on my strengths,” Afridi said after receiving the man-of-the-match award.
On the other hand, with the bat, it were Babar Azam and Imam-ul-Haq who showed courage and brilliance on the field.
Babar (96) and Imam (100) drove Pakistan to a compelling total of 315 runs. Both batsmen absorbed the pressure against inform Bangladeshi bowlers as they both put 157 runs together on the scoreboard after Mohammad Saifuddin removed Fakhar Zaman early.
Babar fell just four runs short to his century when Saifuddin got rid of him. Babar reviewed the decision but it went in favor of Bangladesh. On the other hand, Imam got hit-wicket immediately after raising the bat in front of the crowd.
Imad Wasim played a cameo to further strengthen the total of confidence-lack Pakistan who made their way out of the tournament. He struck six boundaries and a six to score 43 runs off 26 balls.
Mohammad Hafeez scored 27 runs before falling to Mehidy Hasan off a straight catch in the hands of Shakib Al Hasan covering the deep backward square.
Mustafizur Rehman was the pick of the bowlers as he picked up five wickets conceding 75 runs in 10 overs. Mohammad Saifuddin bagged three wickets.
In reply, Bangladesh lost Soumya Sarkar earlier as Mohammad Amir struck with a good catch by Fakhar Zaman at the point region. He scored run-a-ball 22 runs.
Only Shakib Al Hasan and Liton Das fought hard to get off the mark as they both put 58 runs together. Shakib, the highest run-scorer of the tournament so far, played responsibly and scored 64 runs off 77 balls.
Haris Sohail grabbed Das at covers to break the partnership. Afridi was the man to dismiss the right-handed batsman for 32 runs. Shakib also walked back off Afridi.
Apart from Afridi, Shadab Khan took two wickets while Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Amir bagged a wicket each.
“Unfortunately, we didn’t make it to the final fours. The boys fought hard in the last few matches as we won all of our last four matches. In the end, it is a game and I would like to support the crowd for supporting us,” Sarfraz said in a post-match conversation with cricketer-turned commentator Ramiz Raja.