Pakistan target record to reach World Cup semis after winning toss

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 – Bangladesh vs Pakistan Preview & Prediction

Pakistan hoping for a miracle against Bangladesh as they bid to reach World Cup semis

Teenage fast-bowler Shaheen Afridi took six wickets as Pakistan beat Bangladesh by 94 runs at Lord's, clocking up their fourth World Cup win in a row but narrowly missing out on the semi-finals.

A screengrab from the PCB website after it got hacked. Just past the halfway point on a mild, boisterous day at Lord's the live group stages of this World Cup were effectively over.

New Zealand joined Australia, India and England in the last four. After they beat South Africa and New Zealand, fans and commentators noted the similarities between Pakistan's 2019 campaign and their 1992 campaign that ended with them winning the World Cup under the captaincy of the country's current Prime Minister Imran Khan.

They were shot out for a paltry 105 in their first match, with the West Indies winning in just 13.4 overs, meaning they took a huge hit on run rate.

Sarfaraz Ahmed-led Pakistan know that they are very much out of the contention for a semifinal spot now. A win of at least 308 runs would have seen them go level on 11 points with New Zealand and then above them on net run-rate.

However, despite of the wins against the big teams, their fate was depending on India as they needed the hosts England to lose two games in a row.

Bangladesh, on the other hand, came out with a spirited performance in this World Cup. Before the match between Bangladesh and Pakistan, the channel aired an interesting segment where Sachin answered questions from fellow members of the commentary team. "As long as we, as a team, can perform collectively well then that's our best chance of going further in the tournament".

"Obviously, we are here to win all the matches", Sarfaraz told reporters during a press conference where he said Pakistan would try and score 500. "We've come up with some good plans", Rhodes said.

"I often use the word warrior, but he goes to war for the team and people respect that, understand that, and they love him because of that", the coach said about Mashrafe, who was elected a member of parliament six months ago.

Now placed seventh, Bangladesh have been impressive in their wins against South Africa, Afghanistan and West Indies.

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