Pakistan race to victory to eliminate Bangladesh
In 32.3 overs, Fakhar and Abdullah Shafique put on 128 to lead Pakistan to victory.
Earlier, Shaheen Afridi took his 100th one-day international wicket as he helped bowl Bangladesh out for 204.
As a result of Bangladesh’s sixth straight loss, they are officially out of the semi-finals. As Shakib Al Hasan chose to bat first at the toss, his side were soon in trouble when Shaheen trapped Tanzid Hasan lbw with his fifth delivery.
When Haris Rauf removed Mushfiqur Rahim, Bangladesh were 23-3 after Shaheen struck again.
After reaching his half-century, Mahmudullah was bowled by Shaheen for a beauty, and wickets fell frequently before Mohammad Wasim took three in seven reverse-swinging balls to end the innings.
Pakistan settled into their chase after a frenetic start, and Fakhar – recalled after Pakistan’s opening match against the Netherlands – demonstrated his intent with a monstrous six off Taskin Ahmed.
After hitting six more maximums, he holed out 19 runs short of a century off Mehidy Hasan Miraz.
Muhammad Rizwan hit the winning runs with 105 balls to spare at that point, and the result was a formality. Pakistan was considered a genuine contender for the World Cup title when it entered this tournament.
In spite of this dominant win, they have fallen far short of expectations so far.
Up front, a much-vaunted pace attack has failed.
On Tuesday, Shaheen was the star of the show at Eden Gardens.