Positives of Pakistan and Bangladesh’s World Cup campaign

Positives of Pakistan and Bangladesh’s World Cup campaign

It was a story of ‘nearly there’ for the two Asian teams. Both had their moments in the sun and put up some consistent performances, mixed with some outrageousness. Pakistan finished fifth, tied on points with fourth placed New Zealand but lost out to Net Run Rate. Bangladesh are currently seventh but finished above the South Africa and West Indies. Here are some positives from both their campaigns:-

  • Upsets over bigger teams:-

Bangladesh scalped the first upset victory, beating South Africa in match number 5. They put up 330/6, Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan putting up 78 and 75 respectively. They held their nerve at the death, winning by 21 runs.

The very next game, Pakistan upset hosts England. In a batting masterclass led by Mohammad Hafeez and Babar Azam, Pakistan posted a mammoth 348, which was too much to chase for England, who fell short by 14 runs.

Against the West Indies, Bangladesh shocked everyone by chasing down 322 with 9 overs to spare. Shakib Al Hasan led from the front once again, remaining unbeaten on 124. He was ably supported by Liton Das, who smashed 94 off 69 balls.

Needing a win to stay in contention for the semi-finals, Pakistan beat New Zealand with an all-round display, highlighted by Babar Azam’s century.

  • Individual performances:-

Both Pakistan and Bangladesh showed us glimpses of their potential and talent. Both teams possessed a sense of unpredictability and this was achieved through individuals putting their hands up and making themselves count. Some of these individual performers are:-

Shakib Al Hasan:-

Image source – India today

The world’s number one all-rounder was in top form throughout the tournament. With the bat, he walked in at number three and played some scintillating innings. At the time of writing, he leads the batting charts with 606 runs at an average of 86.57. His lowest score in the tournament was 41 and was a thorn to the opposition. He also scalped 11 wickets, with a five-wicket haul against Afghanistan. He became the fastest player to score 6000 runs and take 250 wickets, doing so in just 199 matches. Mushfiqur Rahim also had a good tournament with the bat.

Babar Azam:- 

Image source – Siasat

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With 474 runs at an average of 67.71, Babar Azam broke Javed Miandad’s record for most runs scored in a World Cup for Pakistan. He was the mainstay in the batting line-up and his drives were a treat to watch.

Opener Imam-Ul-Haq and Haris Sohail finished the campaign with a bang.

Mustafizur Rahman:-

Image source – Hindustantimes.com

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 The fizz was on fire at the back end of the World Cup. As the pitches got slower, he unleashed his wide variety of slower balls and cutters at the death. He ended with five wicket hauls against Australia, India and Pakistan and finished with 20 wickets.

Mohammad Saifuddin partnered Mustafizur at the death, finishing with 13 wickets.

Shaheen Shah Afridi:-

Image source – The Indian Express

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The 19 year old speedster enjoyed a breakthrough campaign. He did not make it to the starting XI in the initial matches, but when he nailed his spot, he was unstoppable, bagging 16 wickets in just 5 matches. Against Bangladesh, he created history by becoming the first bowler to get 6 wickets in an ODI at Lord’s. He had an average of 11.71, the highest average among bowlers for this World Cup.

Mohammad Amir was consistent throughout the World Cup, ending the tournament with 17 wickets.

Both teams are brimming with talent and play without fear. They have shown that they can topple even the best on their day. The teams will aim for consistency and will certainly come back strongly.

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