CWC 2019- PAK vs BAN Review: Shaheen Afridi shines as Pakistan go out on a high

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An almost near impossible predicament for a semi-final qualification meant that Pakistan missed out on a top-four spot in the table. They, however, were able to beat their Asian rivals by a tidy margin to go out on a high.

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The 1992 World Cup Champions needed a victory by a super astronomical margin if they were to make it to the semis. Electing to bat first, with that being the only choice, Pakistan stuttered early on with the out-of-form Fakhar Zaman departing early yet again.

Babar Azam continued his impressive campaign to be the highest run scorer in a single edition of a World Cup for Pakistan. But the young batsman failed to notch his second hundred of the tournament by four runs. Imam-ul-Haq though managed to get to the three-figure mark, only to get out on the very next ball through a bizarre dismissal.

A collapse in the end and a second consecutive five-wicket haul for Muztafizur Rahman meant that Bangladesh needed 316 to win the encounter.

Shakib-Al-Hasan was the lone star with the bat as he ended the tournament with yet another fifty, increasing his tally to 606 runs over the course of the competition. Shakib became only the third player to accumulate 600 runs in a World Cup after Sachin Tendulkar and Matthew Hayden.

Shaheen Afridi ran through the Bangladeshi batting order to secure the victory by 94 runs.

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