Highest Impact Player of the match

Sarfraz Ahmed (8.49)

Highest Impact Batsman

Sarfraz Ahmed (7.69)

Highest Impact Bowler

Al-Amin Hossain (3.87)

Highest Impact Player (Bangladesh)

Soumya Sarkar (5.21)

Highest Economy Impact (Bowler)

Taskin Ahmed (1.55)

Highest Strike Rate Impact (Batsman)

Sarfraz Ahmed (1.00)

Bangladesh survived some nervous moments to defeat Pakistan by five wickets in Dhaka on Wednesday. The victory renders Friday’s face-off between Pakistan and Sri Lanka inconsequential, and the hosts will now look to gain India’s measure in Sunday’s final.

Pakistan’s Sarfraz Ahmed was the highest impact player, and batsman, of the match. Sarfraz commenced his innings with his team fumbling at 12 for 2 (which worsened to 28 for 4), and held up the fort as wickets continued to fall around him. His unbeaten 42-ball-58 (almost 45% of Pakistan’s total) was not only scored under immense pressure, but also at a very fast pace which explains his high Strike Rate Impact . That he stayed till the end of Pakistan’s innings gave him high Partnership Building impact too – highlighted by a 70-run stand with Shoaib Malik, the second-highest impact player (and batsman) of the match.

The Player of the match award, however, went to Soumya Sarkar, who incidentally finished as Bangladesh’s highest impact player. Soumya was under pressure too, but – with Sabbir Rahman and, later, Mushfiqur Rahim for company – he ensured that the scoreboard kept ticking. His role, therefore, had Chasing Impact as well.

Al-Amin Hossain was the highest impact bowler of the match for his three top/middle order wickets. Taskin Ahmed had the highest Economy Impact for his highly restrictive effort.

Eight players from Bangladesh registered an impact of at least one. Pakistan’s team, in stark contrast, cut a sorry figure with as many as six failures.



Karthik Swaminathan