Pakistan’s World Cup hopes end at Lord’s
Pakistan’s Cricket World Cup hopes are over.
After winning the toss and finishing on 315-9 in 50 overs yesterday, Pakistan needed to dismiss Bangladesh in their last group-stage match for an improbable seven runs or fewer to overtake fourth-place New Zealand and reach the semi-finals.
Bangladesh reached 8-0 in the 2nd over at Lord’s.
New Zealand joined Australia, India and England in the last four.
The huge score Pakistan required looked unlikely despite a 100-ball 100 from opener Imam-ul-Haq, who was out in rare fashion by hitting his own wicket two balls after reaching his maiden World Cup century.
No. 3 Babar Azam hit 96 in 98 deliveries, including 11 boundaries, four more than Imam.
Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed retired hurt on 2 but bravely returned for the last ball of the innings and hit a single to deny Mustafizur Rahman his hat-trick.
Babar was denied his second century of the tournament when he fell to a yorker from Mohammad Saifuddin that trapped him lbw. He failed with his review and it left Pakistan at 180-2 after 32 overs.
Babar scored 474 runs in the group stage, a record by a Pakistan batter at a single edition of the World Cup. He came into the game needing 60 to overtake Javed Miandad’s 437 total in 1992.
Mustafizur finished with 5-75 off 10 overs.