Bangalore: Debutant Junaid Siddique's blistering 49-ball 71 helped Bangladesh post a respectable total of 140 all out in their final Group-F Twenty20 World Cup Super Eights game against Pakistan at Newlands, Cape Town on Thursday.
The 20-year-old left-hander, who replaced lackluster Nazimuddin, displayed a fearless array of attacking strokes, hitting six fours and three sixes, but received little in the way of support from his team mates, none of whom were able to reach 20.
Most of the Bangla batsmen conceded their wickets trying to take the boom-boom route but Siddique adopted a refreshingly different approach. He played with caution mixed aggression punishing bad balls to the fence at regular intervels. He was willing to stay at the wicket and defy the bowlers, which made all the difference.
Siddique and Aftab Ahmed added 53 runs for the first wicket stand. Aftab made a sedate15 off 17 balls.with Pakistan off spinners Mohammed Hafeez and captain Shoaib Malik leading the way with figures of 2-27 and 2-15.
Australia's earlier 10-wicket victory over Sri Lanka ensures Pakistan's qualification for Saturday's semi-finals. Bangladesh have already been eliminated.
Bangladesh 140 all out in 19.5 overs (Junaid Siddique 71, Aftab 15; Malik 2 for 15, Hafeez 2 for 27, Gul 1 for 17) Vs Pakistan.