Pakistan defeated Bangladesh by five wickets on Sunday in the last do-or-die group match to progress to the semi-final of the T20 World Cup after the Netherlands surprised South Africa in their last group match.
Set a modest target of 128 runs to win and book an unexpected place into the last four, the Green Shirts made a mess of the situation as they were behind the asking rate most of the time and started losing wickets after out-of-form skipper Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan opened the innings.
It was Mohammad Haris and Shan Masood who crept up Pakistan’s run rate in the later half of the innings.
Shaheen Shah Afridi returned career-best figures of 4-22 to lead Pakistan into the semi-finals. Chasing a modest 128 for victory in Adelaide, Pakistan achieved their target with 11 balls to spare and join arch-rivals India in the semi-final from Group 2.
Shaheen struck early for Pakistan as the left-arm quick sent back Liton Das for 10 after Bangladesh elected to bat first. Das, who gave India a scare with his 27-ball 60 in a narrow defeat at the Adelaide Oval, looked dangerous with a six off Shaheen but three balls later gave away a catch at gully.
Najmul Hossain Shanto capitalised on a reprieve when the usually safe Shadab Khan dropped the left-handed batsman on 11 at short extra. The opener went on to top-score with 54.
Shanto put on 52 runs with Soumya Sarkar, who came out attacking.
Soumya hit 20 off 17 before an attempted reverse paddle sweep cost him his wicket off Shadab, who struck again on the next delivery, albeit amid controversy.
Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan was given out lbw but he reviewed the decision and it appeared from replays that the ball grazed the bat before it hit the pad, but the third umpire upheld the on-field call.
Shakib looked stunned, waved his hands and didn’t want to walk off.
A Shadab hat-trick was averted by Afif Hossain. Shakib’s wicket seemed to affect the Bangladesh batsmen, who suddenly looked out of sorts.
Off-spinner Iftikhar Ahmed bowled Shanto soon after the batsman reached his second T20 fifty.
Bangladesh lost regular wickets and Shaheen struck twice in one over and then picked a fourth for the first time in his T20 career.
Afif Hossain hit an unbeaten 24.
Pakistan: Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Babar Azam (c), Shan Masood, Mohammad Haris, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Wasim, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Shah Afridi.
Bangladesh: Najmul Hossain Shanto, Litton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan (c), Afif Hossain, Mosaddek Hossain, Nurul Hasan (wk), Taskin Ahmed, Nasum Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Ebadot Hossain.
The Netherlands sent South Africa crashing out of the Twenty20 World Cup on Sunday with a stunning 13-run victory in Adelaide which also propelled India into the semi-finals.
The latest in a series of shocks at this tournament left Bangladesh and Pakistan fighting it out for the final spot in the last four.
Table-toppers India are on six points and play Zimbabwe in Melbourne in the final match of Sunday’s triple header, the result of which will decide the final Super 12 standings and who faces whom in the semis.
Chasing 159 for victory after Colin Ackermann’s unbeaten 41, South Africa faltered to end on 145-8, with Dutch fast bowler Brandon Glover returning impressive figures of 3-9 in two overs.
South Africa started on a jittery note with openers Quinton de Kock and Temba Bavuma out inside six overs with the score on 39.
The left-handed de Kock hit a four and six but soon fell caught behind to Fred Klaassen, for 13, and Bavuma was bowled by Paul van Meekeren for 20.
But it was Glover’s wicket of Rilee Rossouw that raised the Dutch hopes with the batsman, who hit the first century in this tournament, departing after a 19-ball 25.
The Proteas never looked convincing as Klaassen took down Aiden Markram for 17 and a Dutch shock started becoming a reality when Glover struck twice in one over.
He sent back the dangerous David Miller and then got Wayne Parnell caught behind as the wheels came off the South Africa chase — and with it their World Cup hopes.
Put in to bat first, the Dutch, who had only beaten Zimbabwe in the Super 12, started strongly with Stephan Myburgh’s 37 but lost their way. But then stepped in Ackermann.
He hit three fours and two sixes in his 26-ball knock and along with skipper Scott Edwards helped the team get 31 runs from the final two overs.