In the 31st match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, Pakistan’s young fast bowler, Mohammad Wasim Jr, delivered a spectacular performance against Bangladesh at the iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata on October 31. Wasim’s remarkable display included two key wickets that left Bangladesh struggling. Taskin Ahmed, stepping in to bat with a substantial number of overs remaining, made an effort to contribute crucial runs.
However, his innings were cut short by the fiery deliveries from Mohammad Wasim Jr. Taskin, who was eventually dismissed after scoring 6 runs off 13 balls. The defining moment occurred when Wasim was called upon to bowl the 44th over of the innings.
On the first ball, he clean-bowled Mehidy Hasan Miraz with a brilliant delivery. He followed up with an even more impressive delivery on the third ball of the over, clocking in at 142.5 kilometers per hour, which shattered Taskin’s stumps.
The delivery by Wasim was a full-length delivery that started angling in. The ball exhibited some reverse swing and perplexed Mehidy Hasan Miraz, who tried to play it across the line but missed it completely. The ball beat the inside edge, resulting in a crashing sound as it dislodged the off-stump, leaving Bangladesh reeling at 201/9.
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This outstanding performance by Mohammad Wasim Jr was crucial in putting Pakistan in a commanding position at the Eden Gardens Stadium in Kolkata. It highlighted the promising young talent that Pakistan cricket has at its disposal.
In the earlier phases of the match, Bangladesh had won the toss and opted to bat first. However, their top-order struggled significantly, losing the wickets of Tanzid Hasan, Najmul Hossain Shanto, and Mushfiqur Rahim within the first 10 overs. This early collapse left Bangladesh in a precarious position at 23/3, with the possibility of posting a low total.
Despite this challenging start, Litton Das and Mahmudullah provided some stability with their partnership. While Litton Das couldn’t reach his fifty, Mahmudullah managed to achieve this milestone, although he couldn’t convert it into a substantial score.
Towards the end of the innings, Shakib Al Hasan and Mehidy Hasan Miraz made significant contributions with the bat, but their collective efforts couldn’t push Bangladesh to a competitive total. The team was eventually bowled out for 204 runs in 45.1 overs, thanks to Pakistan’s determined bowling performance, with Mohammad Wasim Jr’s brilliance standing out as a highlight.