Ahead of their final game in the World Cup against Pakistan, Bangladesh have suffered a big injury blow. Their batting mainstay and former captain Mushfiqur Rahim is out of the game due to an injury. Mushfiqur Rahim suffered a finger injury while batting in the nets in Taunton. He immediately took off his right glove and walked off while looking at his forearm.
At that time, Bangladesh media manager Rabeed Imam informed that the injury was not serious. Mushfiqur Rahim then went for scans and recent reports suggest that the wicketkeeper batsman is out of the clash. Mushfiqur could take the risk of playing the game but with not much at stake, he should rest. The middle-order batsman has been in fine form at the World Cup. He has scored one century and two fifties in the tournament.
Reports also suggest that Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza will not play the last game. The veteran pacer didn’t train with the team on Thursday. Bangladesh are already out of the semifinal race. The Tigers needed to win against India in their last outing to keep their slim hopes alive. But while they put up a good fight, they ended up losing the game by 28 runs.
Chasing 314, the Tigers came up with a good show but ended up on 286 in 48 overs. Shakib Al Hasan and Mohammad Saifuddin scored fifties but it was not enough for Bangladesh to cross the line. Bangladesh now only have pride to play for against Pakistan. Pakistan are also out of the race for the semifinals.
Pakistan did have some mathematical chances of entering the semifinals but are unlikely to progress ahead. They need to beat Bangladesh by more than 300 runs to better New Zealand’s net run-rate. Bangladesh, meanwhile, can finish at a respectable fifth spot in the points table if they beat Pakistan. However, if they lose they will end up at the eighth spot.