Bangladesh v Pakistan, 1st ODI, Mirpur November 29, 2011

Hosts up against buoyant Pakistan


Match facts

Thursday, December 1
Start time 1330 (0730 GMT)

Big Picture

Bangladesh's ODI record has improved steadily over the years - the 4-0 drubbing of New Zealand and the win against England at the 2011 World Cup being some recent notable achievements. Both those wins came at home, and it's at home that their spin-strong attack can challenge their opponents seriously, if not necessarily win.

This time, Bangladesh's opponents are a team on a high and significantly superior to those they played in the lead-up to this bilateral series. Bangladesh claimed wins in dead rubbers against Zimbabwe and West Indies - not a great consolation since they were expected to do much better - and caught a glimpse of what they might be up against during their big defeat in the Twenty20 international at the start of this tour.

Though Bangladesh's bowlers were largely economical, Pakistan's batsmen gave their own bowling attack enough runs to defend on a tricky pitch in Mirpur. In their chase, Bangladesh stagnated, losing wickets early, hitting their first boundary as late as the ninth over and showing little resistance against the variations of Pakistan's bowlers, including Mohammad Hafeez, Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal and Shoaib Malik. Not only do Pakistan have quicker bowlers, their spinners can be just as effective in Bangladeshi conditions. It's a tall order for the hosts to spring a surprise in the three one-day games but they are playing where they play best, and it remains to be seen how strong a challenge they present.

Form guide

Bangladesh: WLLWW (most recent first)
Pakistan: WWWLW

In the spotlight...

While Bangladesh's heavy reliability on Shakib Al Hasan is likely to continue, Bangladesh's vice-captain Mahmudullah will also be expected to play a significant role. An offspinner and a middle-order batsman, Mahmudullah has played several handy knocks, bowled tight spells and cleared the boundary at the death. He's part of a core of senior players that includes Shakib, Mushfiqur Rahim and Tamim Iqbal, and his all-round ability is a big asset.

Shoaib Malik will be under pressure. He's not been in great touch since his return to international cricket, after being cleared by the PCB's integrity committee. His scores in his last six international innings read: 7, 11, 2, 0, 2* and 2. While part of a team on the upswing, his own form has been on the decline and another couple of failures won't augur well for his selection prospects.

Team news

Trouble with his knee forced Tamim to be rested in the Twenty20 international and he hoped to return for the limited-overs games.

Bangladesh (possible) 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Imrul Kayes, 3 Shahriar Nafees/Alok Kapali, 4 Shakib Al Hasan, 5 Mushfiqur Rahim (capt & wk), 6 Mahmudullah, 7 Naeem Islam, 8 Nasir Hossain, 9 Abdur Razzak, 10 Shafiul Islam, 11 Rubel Hossain.

Malik's troubles might begin with the return of Younis Khan, who didn't play the Twenty20 game.

Pakistan (possible) 1 Mohammad Hafeez, 2 Imran Farhat, 3 Younis Khan, 4 Asad Shafiq, 5 Umar Akmal (wk), 6 Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), 7 Shahid Afridi, 8 Abdul Razzaq/Sohail Tanvir, 9 Umar Gul, 10 Saeed Ajmal, 11 Aizaz Cheema.

Stats and trivia

  • Pakistan and Bangladesh will be playing each other in an ODI for the first time since June 2010, when the teams met in the Asia Cup in Dambulla. Of the 26 games the teams have played, Bangladesh have lost 25 but their only win is a famous one.
  • Misbah-ul-Haq has an impressive record in ODIs, averaging 42.42 in 86 matches. He has 18 half-centuries in the format, but no hundreds.


"Pakistan are playing very consistent cricket and it'll be tough to beat them, but if are boys are up for it, we should be able to do it."
Mushfiqur Rahim, Bangladesh's captain

"If it's a spinning wicket we have spinners, if it's not then we also have good fast bowlers."
Pakistan batsman Younis Khan

Siddhartha Talya is a sub editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Amit on December 1, 2011, 7:01 GMT

    hoping for a nail bitter contest bangla wins

  • Dummy4 on December 1, 2011, 6:40 GMT

    Bangladesh win today inshallah...

  • Dummy4 on December 1, 2011, 6:03 GMT

    Why is naeem islam in the team? Alok kapali is a handy good spinner.. In place of him, they r choosing rather naeem islam... What is all this nonsense??

  • Dummy4 on December 1, 2011, 6:03 GMT

    Shoaib malik should not b in pakistan team, he has a very poor form

  • gulraiz on December 1, 2011, 5:33 GMT

    oh comon pakistan will win this and shoib goodluck hope u do well send him one down and we will see his elegant strokes against spin comon the man has close to 7000 odi runs just needs that one great inning to display the talent he posseses

  • Syed Sabih Abbas on December 1, 2011, 5:11 GMT

    I dont see Malik in selected 16 squad for any form of the game after this series. Considering his form and his capability he does not deserve to hang in there. Instead Pakistan should go for Hammad Azam or Umar Amin both of whom are capable enough of staying in the team for long enough and being handy with both bat and bowl. Hard luck to all us Pakistani fans who will have to bear Malik for some time again until he disappears for another year or so for our good.. And for now since other 10 are playing good, having one person who is capable of nothing, ie Malik, there is no harm..

  • Dummy4 on December 1, 2011, 5:07 GMT

    Shoib Malik should be kick out from team as his performance are not imressive also Hamad Hazm should be included in place of Sohail Tanvir he is good bowler and better batsmen as compare to sohail and young and good fielder Gulraz sadaf should be in team instead of Sarfarz ahmad he is left hander batsmen

  • manish on December 1, 2011, 4:55 GMT

    if bangladesh really even"thinking" of a single win ,than for that they havec to enlight themselves, othervise the way pakistan team is bowling,no matter what the score is ,opponent team will find it vary..vary hard and those who are not good spin playing teams will see whitwash atleast in T-20's

  • Abdul Rehman on December 1, 2011, 4:52 GMT

    I personally think that BD Famous win against Pakiatan in WC-1999 paved the way for some seriuos management flaws on our part the price of which paid by us since then uptill now. In International Cricket laxity once shown may be adopted as habit. This is also exemplified in the South African Cricket as well as our own. The latest outcome is the Spot-Fixing Dilemma. So when you are against an opponent, take him seriouly. Deliver your best and achieve the target. We hope this resurgent Pak team will undone all the whispers and will come off with flying colours at the day end. Allah bless them to riose to occasion.

  • Syed on December 1, 2011, 4:48 GMT

    @piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda... feels as if your "1-2 matches" mean last 12 series Pakistan played... and yes there goes the good reason why India was ranked first when white washed.... :p will you plz help me know which team is buoyant... i m curious to know what it means in your dictionary.......... WELL DONE PAKISTAN... atlast its a predictable side----WELL DONE MISBAH.. Afridi is amazing to be seen as that much adjusting with Misbah... keep it up..

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