Pakistan set 316-run target for Bangladesh

LORD’S: Pakistan hobbled to a score of 315 as they wrapped up their innings against Bangladesh at Lord’s on Friday.
Imad Wasim (43), in at number six, put up a valiant effort in bringing up the total before he was dismissed by Mustafizur Rahman at third man when two balls were remaining.
Before him, Wahab Riaz (2) and Shadab Khan (1) were dismissed within a ball of one another. Mohammad Amir (8) followed suit courtesy Rahman in the last over.
Skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed was retired hurt at 2 not out but after Wasim’s dismissal, came in to play the last ball.
It’s nearing a decent total for Pakistan but nowhere near quick enough to reach the huge score they need to stand any chance of boosting their net run-rate and overtaking fourth-place New Zealand in the standings.
Haris Sohail (6 off 6) was caught by Soumya Sarkar off Mustafizur Rahman in the 44th over.
Pakistan lost their fourth player in the 43rd over when Mohammad Hafeez was caught by Shakib Al Hasan off Mehidy Hasan.
In the previous over, Imam-ul-Haq was out hit wicket on Mustafizur Rahman’s ball. He did not leave the pitch without scoring his maiden World Cup century, however, becoming the youngest Pakistani ever to make a World Cup ton (off 99 balls).
Sarfaraz Ahmed’s side lost their second wicket on the last ball of the 32nd over when Babar Azam (96 off 98 balls) was dismissed leg before wicket to Mohammad Saifuddin.
Although he missed out on a second World Cup century, this was Babar’s fourth 50-plus score of the ongoing tournament. The 24-year-old has now scored more runs than any other Pakistani at a single World Cup, overtaking Javed Miandad, who bagged 437 runs at the 1992 World Cup.
Fakhar Zaman was the first man out, caught by Mehidy Hasan off Saifuddin for 13.
Pakistan need to win by at least 316 runs to overtake New Zealand in fourth place.


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