Pakistan qualifies for T20 World Cup semi-finals: After defeating Bangladesh by five wickets at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday, Pakistan joined India in the 2022 T20 World Cup semi-finals from Super 12 Group 2.
Pakistan was given a golden opportunity to reach the last four after South Africa failed to beat the spirited Netherlands at the same venue ahead of the match between Pakistan and Bangladesh. It will be Pakistan’s second consecutive semi-final appearance under Babar Azam.
#T20WorldCup | Pakistan beat Bangladesh by five wickets in Adelaide to enter the semi-final.
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Pakistan restricted Bangladesh to 127/8, with Shaheen Afridi taking four wickets. Afridi, who has shown signs of regaining full fitness, struck early, dismissing Bangladesh opener Liton Das for ten runs.
Shadab Khan stunned Tigers fans with his double blow, engulfing Soumya Sarkar (20) and captain Shakib Al Hasan for a golden duck, just as Bangladesh began to rebuild their innings. The Bangladesh captain argued with the on-field umpire about his dismissal.
Pakistan are going to the semi-finals of the #T20WorldCup2022 🙌
Haris’ 3️⃣1️⃣ runs off 1️⃣8️⃣ runs made the difference in the chase 🔥
— CricWick (@CricWick) November 6, 2022
Iftikhar Ahmed cleaned up Shanto (54) shortly after bringing up his fifty. Afridi rattled Bangladesh’s lower order in the final five overs, picking up three more wickets to finish with his best T20I figures of 4/22.
In response, Pakistan openers Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam once again disappointed their fans with a slow start. The duo, who had been struggling to score runs, used 57 runs to help Pakistan add 50 runs. Nasum Ahmed ended Babar’s nightmare innings with a 25-ball 33.