T20 World Cup: Pakistan beat Bangladesh to seal semi-final spot

Pakistan sealed the final semi-final spot at the Men’s T20 World Cup with a nervy five-wicket win over Bangladesh, BBC reported.

Chasing 128 to win, they made hard work of it in Adelaide, but Mohammad Haris’ enterprising 31 off 18 balls proved pivotal as they won in 18.1 overs.

It seals a remarkable turnaround for Babar Azam’s side, who lost their opening two Super 12 games.

A key feature of that turnaround, that came after defeats to India and Zimbabwe, has been a return of form and full fitness for left-arm pace bowler Shaheen Afridi, who impressed at the death, finishing with 4-22.

There are still concerns for Pakistan though, with their usually dynamic opening partnership struggling for fluency.

Babar again looked rusty in his 33-ball 25, while opening partner Mohammad Rizwan, who made 32, was dropped by wicketkeeper Nurul Hasan before scoring.

The exact make-up of the semi-finals will be decided by the result of India’s game against Zimbabwe at 08:00 GMT. An India win would see them top Group 2 and face England in Adelaide on Thursday, while Pakistan would play New Zealand in Sydney on Wednesday. A defeat would see India and Pakistan swap places.


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