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Cricket World Cup 2019: Pakistan's semi-final hopes end despite Shaheen Shah Afridi's six-wicket haul in Bangladesh win

Victory by 94 runs at Lord's not enough for Sarfaraz Ahmed's men to lift their run rate above New Zealand's

New Zealand are through to the Cricket World Cup semi-finals after Pakistan could only beat Bangladesh by 94 runs on Friday at Lord's.

Pakistan had needed to beat Bangladesh by 316 runs or better to boost their run rate sufficiently to overhaul New Zealand.

But they only made 315-9 in 50 overs and Bangladesh took just 11 balls to score the eight runs, without losing a wicket, that ensures Sarfaraz Ahmed's side cannot now finish ahead of the Black Caps on net run rate.

Pakistan did have the consolation of winning the match emphatically, with Shaheen Shah Afridi finishing with figures of 6-35 as he tore through the Bangladesh line-up as they could only muster 221.

Pakistan's Shaheen Shah Afridi took six wickets against Bangladesh. Reuters 
Pakistan's Shaheen Shah Afridi took six wickets against Bangladesh. Reuters 

New Zealand, despite losing their final three games, will face either Australia or India at Old Trafford on Tuesday for a place in the final at Lord's on July 14.

It was always going to be a tall order for Sarfaraz's men, but their innings fell away after a bright start in which opener Imam-ul-Haq (100) and Babar Azam (96) had been well set.

But once both men were dismissed after a second-wicket stand of 157 it proved tough for the Pakistan batsmen in the middle order to come in and score quickly.

To sum things up for Pakistan, Sarfaraz had to retire hurt after making just two. He was struck on the right arm by a shot from Imad Wasim, who had been looking to drive a shot down the ground.

Imad hit a quickfire 43 off 26 balls, including Pakistan's only six of the innings, but he fell three balls from the end.

Sarfaraz returned for the last ball, but a single proved of little use as a single by Tamim Iqbal of the 11th ball of the reply ended Pakistan's chances once and for all.

Bangladesh's reply was led by Shakib Al Hasan, who completed an excellent individual tournament.

He made 64 and he leaves England with five half-centuries and two hundreds to his name. He leads the top tournament run scorer standings on 606, with an average of 86.57.

But once he was dismissed the innings collapsed and it was Pakistan who ended triumphant.

Updated: July 5, 2019 09:22 PM

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