Pakistan defeated Bangladesh by five wickets in their final Super 12s encounter to go to the 2022 T20 World Cup semifinals. Pakistan received a reprieve earlier in the day when the Netherlands defeated South Africa by 13 runs in a stunning upset.
Due to South Africa’s exit from the competition, Pakistan and Bangladesh were given the opportunity to advance after the Netherlands’ victory.
The Men in Green struggled to score as both of their openers, Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan, had sluggish starts. The Green Shirts, who only needed 128 runs to guarantee their place in the semi-finals, struggled during the run chase but ultimately succeeded in reaching their goal with 5 wickets still to spare.
Shaheen Afridi had earlier destroyed the Bangladeshi batting order, limiting them to 127/8 in their 20 overs. As Bangladesh hitters failed to adjust to Afridi’s devastating pace bowling, he took 4 wickets for only 22 runs in his 4 overs, returning to his prior level of performance.
Since Pakistan is predicted to place second in their group, they will most likely meet New Zealand in the competition’s semifinal. The results of India’s match against Zimbabwe will determine the standings at the 2022 T20 World Cup. India will take first place if they win, while they would fall to second if they lose.