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Cheers for Shakib, and a funny Fakhar chant

It was a Lord's takeover by Bangladesh and Pakistan fans

Saikat Barua
The stands at Lord's wore a hue of green, Bangladesh v Pakistan, World Cup 2019, Lord's, July 5, 2019

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Choice of game
I expected Bangladesh to win three matches at this World Cup - against Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and West Indies - and a possible fourth against Pakistan. Lord's is roughly 12 minutes away by scooter from my place. With both teams having plenty of support, I knew it would be a good game to be at.
Key performers
It was a good pitch for batting through the match. The young left-arm bowlers Mustafizur Rahman and Shaheen Afridi were exceptional to use their skills and pick up 11 wickets in total.
Wow moment
When Shakib Al Hasan came in to bat he received huge cheers from both sets of fans in appreciation of the great tournament he's had.
Crowd meter
Despite it being virtually impossible for Pakistan to make it to the top four, their fans were upbeat. It was nearly a full house at Lord's, except the Pavilion where the organisers were forced to fill it up with local schoolkids.
Fancy dress winner
I had the chance to sit next to Tiger Shoaib, an iconic supporter for the Bangladesh team, but to me the fancy dress winners were a couple of guys wearing King Kong masks on top of their Bangladesh jersey. Their attire even managed to scare a few kids around them.
There was plenty of friendly banter in the stands. Both sets of supporters tried to outdo the opposition on the decibel count. The funniest moment came when one Pakistan fan cheered "Fa-khar, Fa-khar" in a similar manner like "Sa-chin, Sa-chin". The people around him burst into laughter before he himself realised what it sounded like.
Shot of the day
There was a shot played by Babar Azam off Mohammad Saifuddin through the extra cover region in the 32nd over which was timed magnificently off the back foot. That's a shot I wouldn't mind watching replays of.
Things I'd have changed
Other than hoping for Bangladesh to compete better, I really wanted Mashrafe Mortaza to retire at Lord's. Not many subcontinent players get the chance to bow out at the "Home of Cricket". Mashrafe's bowling had been poor in the tournament, but it didn't come in for sharp criticism because of his leadership and the team's performance. With him also being a Member of Parliament, it's perhaps time to step away and maybe take up a mentorship role. Another disappointment was the burger from the food stall. It cost me 10.50 pounds for a burger and very few fries but the burger was extremely dry and cold. What a rip-off!
It was a great day out with friends despite how the game ended for Bangladesh
Marks out of 10
I will give it a 7.
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