Pakistan seals the last semifinal spot of the T20 World Cup, defeating Bangladesh. Despite heartbreaking losses to India and Zimbabwe, Pakistan finishes on six points. India’s defeat against Zimbabwe will see them top the group.
Bangladesh’s defeat also means that the Netherlands have secured automatic qualification for the next T20 World Cup as they finish fourth in the group. They defeated South Africa to open the gate for Pakistan.
Opting to bat first at the Adelaide Oval, Bangladesh managed 127 runs on the board after 20 overs. Despite a decent start, they could only add 57 runs from the final 10 overs. Apart from Nazmul Hossain’s 54, no batters could do any special. Afif Hossain and Soumya Sarkar contributed steady 24 and 20 runs respectively. For Pakistan, Shaheen Afridi registered his career-best bowling figure of 4/22. Shadab Khan also pocketed two scalps.
Despite a very sluggish start, Pakistan chased the total with 11 balls spare, losing five wickets. Mohammad Harris scored 18-balls 31 while Shan Masood remained unbeaten for 24 from 14 balls. Openers Rizwan and Babar made 32 and 25 respectively.
India’s win over Zimbabwe will see Pakistan facing New Zealand in the semi-final.