Published: Sat, July 06, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Pakistan officially out of semi-final contention

Pakistan officially out of semi-final contention

"All the [NRR] rules/laws were decided prior to the World Cup", he told Geo after Pakistan's 94-run win over Bangladesh, which was not enough to take the team to the semi-finals.

"Every story has an end, but in life, every ending is a new beginning' @realshoaibmalik, u have proudly played for your country for 20 years and u continue to do so with so much honour and humility".

The four semi-finalists of the World Cup have been decided.

Despite Shaheen's heroics, Pakistan failed to make it into the World Cup semi-finals as they bowed out of the tournament because of an inferior net run-rate. Malik has to his credit 287 ODIs and 7534 runs off them with the highest being 143 and an average of 34.55.

His last appearance came in the defeat against arch rivals India in Manchester on June 16.

With fifth-placed Pakistan needing to break the world record for margin of victory in a one-day global, ton-up Imam-ul-Haq and Babar Azam shared a 157-run second wicket stand to guide Pakistan to 315/9 in 50 overs after skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed opted to bat.

Malik said he was disappointed to finish on a low note.

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"We were out for a small total against West Indies and then we missed the opportunity of winning from a good position against Australia, I think these two matches spoiled our party", Sarfaraz said. "Today was our last game, and I'm going to retire from ODI cricket", Malik said.

Pakistan needed to win against Bangladesh by a margin of 308 runs or more, to overtake the Kiwis - but that did not happen, unsurprisingly.

The current record is held by New Zealand, who beat Ireland in 2008 by 290 runs but Pakistan, fifth in the 10-team group, must win by more than 300 runs.

Legends and pundits reacted on Friday's match between Pakistan and Bangladesh at the Lord's as the Bangla Tigers lost the match to Pakistan before both the teams bowed out of the tournament.

"Shakib batted so well but we couldn't get partnerships. He batted, bowled and fielded well, he was fantastic", Mortaza said. Starting with the players I shared dressing rooms with, all the coaches I have under, my friends and family, the media, my sponsors, the Pakistan cricket board, and Pakistan sports board.

Unrecognisable from the run-of-the mill bowler who faced down England in pre-tournament warm-up matches, Shaheen Afridi has announced himself as a genuine pace ace in this World Cup.

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