Notwithstanding, Pakistan knocked out from World Cup race but ended their journey with a win against Bangladesh at Lord’s. Earlier in the day, Pakistan opener Imam-ul-Haq made a run-a-ball century and Babar Azam scored 96 as they set the Bangladeshis a target of 316 runs in both sides’ final group game.
The official Twitter account of the ICC Cricket World Cup confirmed that New Zealand had qualified for the semi-finals, knocking Pakistan out of the race for the top four and sending them home.
Earlier, Pakistan had retained a mathematical chance of joining Australia, India and England and denying New Zealand a spot. But that chance was lost when Bangladesh went past the seven-run mark in chase of Pakistan’s 316-run target. Teenage fast bowler Shaheen Afridi, who was named player of the match, shone brilliantly as he took six cheap wickets, giving up just 36 runs in the process — the best figures for a Pakistan bowler in the competition’s history.
Pakistan were shot out for a paltry 105 in their first match, with the West Indies winning in just 13.4 overs, meaning they took a huge hit on run rate. They won just one of their first five matches, coming back strongly to beat South Africa, New Zealand and Afghanistan to sit fifth in the 10-team table, but in the end have left themselves too much to do.
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