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ICC World Cup 2023: Pakistan defeats Bangladesh by 7 wickets

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  • Pakistan bounces back, beats Bangladesh by 7 wickets in ICC World Cup 2023.
  • Fakhar Zaman’s 81 runs and strong opening partnership lead the way.
  • Shaheen Afridi’s brilliant bowling restricts Bangladesh to 204 runs.
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After a disheartening streak of four consecutive losses, Pakistan made a resounding comeback in the ICC World Cup 2023, defeating Bangladesh by seven wickets in the 31st match at the iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata, India.

Fakhar Zaman, making a stellar return to the squad after missing five matches, displayed a remarkable performance by scoring 81 runs off 74 deliveries, featuring three boundaries and seven massive sixes, including a towering 99-meter maximum. His partnership with Abdullah Shafique, who contributed 68 runs, formed a commanding 128-run opening partnership, which set the tone for Pakistan’s dominance.

However, Pakistan’s skipper, Babar Azam, was unable to see the match through to its conclusion as he was dismissed for just nine runs while attempting a six, caught by Mahmudullah at long-on. It was left to Mohammad Rizwan (26*) and Iftikhar Ahmed (17*) to seal the victory for Pakistan, keeping their hopes of reaching the World Cup semi-final alive.

When Bangladesh took the crease, their batting woes continued, with Shaheen Afridi wreaking havoc in the very first over by removing Tanzid Hasan for a duck. Najmul Hossain Shanto (4) and the experienced Mushfiqur Rahim (5) also fell victim to the fast bowling prowess of Afridi and Haris Rauf, leaving Bangladesh struggling at 23-3 within six overs.

Littos Das and Mahmudullah then staged a crucial recovery with a 79-run partnership, defying Pakistan’s pace attack. However, Das fell short of his half-century, losing his wicket to Iftikhar Ahmed, while Mahmudullah was bowled out by Afridi after scoring a valuable 56 runs.

Bangladesh’s skipper, Shakib Al Hasan, contributed 43 runs, and Mehidy Hasan Miraz added 25, but their lower-order efforts were insufficient to set a competitive total as the entire Bangladeshi team was eventually bowled out for just 204 runs.

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Shaheen Afridi and Wasim Jr emerged as the standout bowlers for Pakistan, both securing three wickets each.

Pakistan’s next challenge in the tournament is a must-win match against New Zealand on November 4 in Bengaluru. To keep their hopes of advancing to the semi-finals alive, the Green Shirts must secure victory at all costs.

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