Shaheen Shah Afridi is ecstatic after reaching 100 wickets in ODIs

Mahmudullah and Litton Das Stabilize

Mahmudullah's promotion to number five saw him forming a crucial partnership with Litton Das. They weathered the initial storm and added 79 runs to the scoreboard. 

Despite the sluggish pitch, they managed to accumulate runs and provide momentum to the Bangladesh innings. However, Iftikhar Ahmed's part-time spin ended Litton Das's promising innings with a soft dismissal.

Pakistan's bowlers then exhibited smart use of the pitch, delivering around the good length spot and capitalizing on the variable bounce. Mahmudullah seemed poised for a big score before Shaheen Afridi exposed his vulnerability in the pacer's second spell. 

The innings took a nosedive with Afridi and Wasim Jr effectively utilizing reverse swing.

Bangladesh's Struggles

Mehidy Hasan Miraz's late aggressive efforts propelled the total past 200, but it was a challenging innings for Bangladesh. The lack of clarity in pacing their innings and the two-paced nature of the pitch added to their difficulties. 

Pakistan's bowlers maintained relentless pressure and showcased a complete bowling performance.

As the competition in the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023 intensifies, Pakistan's formidable pace attack has sent a strong message to their rivals. Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Wasim Jr, and Haris Rauf's exceptional performance underscores Pakistan's bowling strength as they seek to secure their place in the tournament.

Pakistan's dominance with the ball restricts Bangladesh to 204. Will Pakistan capitalize on this strong start in their chase at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata?