After 4 losses in a row, Pakistan have managed to keep themselves alive in the semi-final race in the World Cup 2023 courtesy of a cracking knock from Fakhar Zaman, who scored 81 runs in 74 balls to help Pakistan beat Bangladesh by 7 wickets in Kolkata.
This meant that Bangladesh now have only 1 win in 7 matches and are officially eliminated from the semi-final race, becoming the first team to be knocked out of the tournament.
Pakistan boosted their NRR by chasing down the target of 205 runs in 32.3 overs and now are in the 5th spot in the points table.
This was only the second match of the tournament for left-handed opener Fakhar Zaman. He had been dropped from the side after a low score in the first match for Abdullah Shafique. Against Bangladesh, he replaced Imam-ul-Haq, who had managed only 162 runs in 6 knocks.
After playing the match-winning innings, Zaman said: “After the Asia Cup, I practiced a lot on my batting, I was looking good at the camp and was looking forward to making it to the team. Today, my hard work paid off after I was given a chance. I told Abdullah that I will see off the first few overs, I knew I could hit big sixes. My role is to make it easy for my partner, so it was important to see off the first few overs and then play my shots. NRR was in our mind after we reached 100, the aim was to finish it off in 30 overs. I had too many failures, I was looking towards such a knock and hopefully I’ll make bigger scores in the next few games.”
Watch: Ravi Shastri’s reaction as Fakhar Zaman hits a gigantic six
Fakhar Zaman’s attacking innings of 81 runs in 74 balls included 3 fours and a six. One of those sixes from Zaman stunned Ravi Shastri and Shane Watson who were doing commentary.
In the 5th over of Pakistan’s innings, Fakhar Zaman smashed a length ball from Taskin Ahmed over mid-wicket and deep into the stands for a gigantic six. The sound made off Zaman’s bat on connecting with the ball was emphatic and told of the power and timing in the shot.
Shane Watson and Ravi Shastri were left astonished by the size of the six and the timing of the shot by Fakhar Zaman.
This Six by Fakhar Zaman >>>>>> contribution of Imam in 5 matches pic.twitter.com/8tMqZeCLbL
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