Shaheen Afridi. (Picture Supply: BRENTON EDWARDS/AFP by way of Getty Photos)

Pakistan defeated Bangladesh in an in depth encounter in Adelaide to storm into the semi-finals of the continued T20 World Cup in Australia. Babar Azam’s facet have been handed an enormous enhance after South Africa’s exit from the competitors earlier within the day and restricted fellow contenders Bangladesh to a paltry rating of 127 runs on the again of Shaheen Afridi’s heroics. The Pakistani batters did sufficient to safe a decisive victory towards Shakib Al Hasan’s Bangladesh.

Earlier than listening to feedback of the skippers from either side, we take a look at the speaking factors from the sport:

The Eagle is again

Pakistani quick bowling sensation Shaheen Afridi was beneath the scanner after going wicketless in his first two outings within the World Cup. Consultants reckoned that the pacer might need been rushed into the eleven after coming off a prolonged harm layoff. However the left-arm pacer put all of the speculations to mattress with career-best bowling figures of 4/22 towards Bangladesh to make it eight wickets in his final three outings.

Shakib’s turbulent relationship with officers

Veteran Bangladeshi skipper Shakib Al Hasan is famend to make his emotions identified to the umpires now and again. It was the case on Sunday within the decisive conflict towards Pakistan when the mercurial all-rounder was adjudged LBW after a controversial name. Shakib stood his floor and had a number of phrases of knowledge for the umpires earlier than leaving the pitch. He was within the highlight as soon as once more within the second innings when he threw his cap on the bottom in disgust after an unfavorable umpiring determination.

Again from the lifeless

Pakistan have been accomplished for after blanking of their first two matches. Though a win towards the Netherlands saved them from an early exit, a commanding efficiency towards the Proteas stored their hopes alive for the semis. Nonetheless, South Africa’s shock exit from the competitors earlier within the day put them in pole place to qualify for the semi-finals, and the Males in Inexperienced grabbed the chance with each palms defeating fellow Asian facet Bangladesh.

Participant of the match, Shaheen Afridi stated: 

I’ve improved. Not simple to return again from harm and bowl 140ks however I am making an attempt my greatest. As a group, we’re very comfortable. We have performed nice. Bowl in the precise areas and quick was the plan. (On in the event that they’re trying ahead to the semis) Now, we’re trying ahead to the ultimate (laughs).

Dropping skipper, Shakib Al Hasan stated: 

On the midway stage we have been 70/1. Needed to get someplace round 145-150 – would’ve been an inexpensive complete on that pitch. Knew it was going to be troublesome for the brand new batters so wished set batters to hold by means of to the tip which did not occur. When it comes to outcomes, that is the very best efficiency we had in T20 World Cups. May’ve accomplished higher. However having stated that, with the brand new guys coming in, with the modifications, that is the very best we might anticipate. By myself efficiency – I might’ve accomplished higher. So long as I am match and performing, I might like to play.

Successful Skipper, Babar Azam stated:

It is a group recreation. Cricket is a humorous recreation. Respect all my group the best way they performed all matches. Pitch wasn’t simple to bat on. Little bit two-paced. Me and Rizwan determined to go lengthy, however sadly did not work out. Haris confirmed aggression, good to see him play. Wanting ahead to the semifinals. All of us are excited to play.

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