Pakistan Advances to U19 World Cup Semi-Final with Thrilling Victory Against Bangladesh

Pakistan and Bangladesh clashed in Benoni, and the live scorecard unfolded the drama on the field.

Bangladesh won the toss and opted to field. The match concluded with Pakistan clinching victory by a slim margin of five runs. Despite being bowled out for 155, Pakistan’s superb bowling performance created a challenge for Bangladesh. In order to secure a net run rate advantage over Pakistan and qualify for the semi-finals, Bangladesh needed to win the match within 38.1 overs. However, they fell short in a gripping contest in Benoni.

Shahzaib Khan and Shamyl Hussain made an impactful start after the initial overs. Shamyl, the leading run-scorer, fell victim to a Rohanat Doullah Borson delivery that jagged in and hit his off stump.

Ubaid Shah was the Player of the Match, showcasing a stellar bowling display with figures of 5/44. Despite a relatively stable start for Pakistan at 50/1 by the end of the first Powerplay, Bangladesh’s bowlers, led by Borson and Sheikh Jibon, made significant breakthroughs in the middle overs. The sixth wicket fell at 89, and Pakistan’s batting lineup struggled to recover, failing to complete their allotted overs.

Bangladesh’s efficient bowlers, Jibon and Borson, both claimed figures of 4/24 each.

As Pakistan aimed for victory, Ubaid Shah contributed with two quick wickets upfront and eventually secured his third by dismissing Ahrar Amin. Ariful Islam and Md Shihab James were tasked with stabilizing the innings, but Ariful’s dismissal in the 20th over disrupted Bangladesh’s progress, reducing them to 83/6.

Shihab and newcomer Mahfuzur Rahman tried to rebuild the chase, with Shihab leading the scoring. Despite a missed catch opportunity in the 29th over, Ubaid Shah redeemed himself by dismissing Shihab in the following over. Ali Raza added another wicket, putting Pakistan in a commanding position.

The match reached a tense climax when a direct hit secured Pakistan the ninth wicket at 127. However, Borson and Maruf Mridha fought on for the final wicket, bringing Bangladesh close to victory, needing only six runs by the 37th over. In a thrilling moment, Mohammad Zeeshan dismissed Maruf, sealing a nail-biting win for Pakistan.

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