Pakistan finally broke their losing streak to register a seven-wicket win over Bangladesh on Tuesday. It was a much-needed win for the men in green as they now have a small glimmer of hope to make it to the final four of the ODI World Cup 2023. Pakistani wicket-keeper Mohammad Rizwan was in the news this time though for a hilarious reason.
Ahead of the game on Tuesday, both Pakistan and Bangladesh needed a win. A loss for Bangladesh means an early exit from the tournament. Meanwhile, a win for Pakistan means still staying alive in the tournament.
Shakib Al Hasan won the toss and chose to bat first in their second game at Kolkata. The Bangladeshis had gone in with the same team as their previous game versus the Netherlands. Pakistan on the other hand made three changes Fakhar Zaman, Agha Salman, and Usama Mir came in for Imam Ul Haq, Shadab Khan, and Mohammad Nawaz.
Mohammad Rizwan gets desperate for a wicket
Shaheen Shah Afridi was bowling to Taskin Ahmed towards the backend of the innings. The left-arm seamer bowled down the leg side but Mohammad Rizwan let out a huge appeal. Babar Azam did not go ahead with the DRS but Rizwan had other ideas.
The Pakistani wicket-keeper was asking the batter if he had edged the ball that left everyone in splits. Even the Pakistani skipper Babar Azam was seen with a huge smile on his face.
Batting first after winning the toss, Bangladesh were bowled out for 204 in the 46th over. Litton Das began well with 45 runs off 64 balls with the help of six boundaries. Shaheen Afridi began the day by dismissing Tanzid Hasan for a duck and followed it up with the wicket of Nazmul Shanto for four.
Haris Rauf then got the big wicket of Mushfiqur Rahim caught by Rizwan for 5. Mahmudullah top scored for Bangladesh with 56, while Shakib Al Hasan scored 43. For the Pakistani team, Shaheen Afridi and Mohammad Wasim Jr picked three wickets each.
Chasing 205 to win, Abdullah Shafique and Fakhar Zaman put the game out of Bangladeshi reach in the 22nd over. The Pakistan openers added 125 runs for the first wicket with Shafique scoring 68. Fakhar Zaman top scored with 81 runs as Pakistan took the win in the 33rd over with seven wickets left.