Fakhar Zaman’s 81 was a timely knock for Pakistan, who were in desperate need of a win to keep their Cricket World Cup campaign alive. Then, they had lost their first four matches of the tournament and were facing elimination. But Zaman’s knock helped them to a comprehensive 106-run victory over Bangladesh, which kept their hopes alive.
Indeed, Zaman’s innings was a mixture of power and finesse. He hit seven sixes and three boundaries in his knock, and he was particularly severe on the Bangladesh bowlers in the powerplay overs. He reached his half-century in just 37 balls and continued to accelerate after that.
Zaman’s partnership with Shafique
Zaman put on a 100-run partnership for the opening wicket with Abdullah Shafique. This partnership laid the foundation for Pakistan’s victory. Shafique was dismissed for 50, but Zaman continued to bat aggressively and helped Pakistan to post a total of 232 runs.
Bangladesh’s bowling was disappointing. They were unable to take early wickets and allowed Pakistan to build a strong partnership between Zaman and Shafique. The bowlers also conceded too many extras, which further boosted Pakistan’s score.
Pakistan’s bowling performance was also excellent. They bowled Bangladesh out for 126 runs in 37.2 overs. Shaheen Afridi was the star of the show, taking six wickets for 35 runs. Afridi was ably supported by Haris Rauf and Mohammad Nawaz, who took two wickets each.
Fakhar Zaman’s match-winning 81 in Kolkata was one of the most exciting performances of the Cricket World Cup. It was a timely knock for Pakistan, who were in desperate need of a win to keep their campaign alive. Zaman’s innings was a masterclass in power hitting, and it showed that he is still one of the most destructive batsmen in the world.