Bangladesh v Pakistan, World T20, Group 2, Mirpur March 29, 2014

Pakistan seek edge in tight race

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Match facts

Sunday, March 30, 2014
Start time 1530 local (0930 GMT)

Big Picture

Pakistan have already shown their unpredictability in the tournament. They were limp during the defeat to India in the opening match and fought back against Australia to keep their chances alive in the World T20. They are the only team to have reached the semi-finals of every World T20 so far, and need to win their last two matches to keep that record intact.

Bangladesh, on the other hand, are having a horror season, and now have three successive defeats in the tournament. Their defeat to West Indies on Tuesday was their second-worst by margin of runs in the format and was followed by a big loss to India. Their captain Mushfiqur Rahim has urged players to come out with their natural game rather than playing for their places. The semi-finals look out of their reach, especially given their record of never having beaten a top-eight team in a Twenty20 other than West Indies. Despite the poor record, Bangladesh's fans continue to be passionate supporters, and Mushfiqur's side will hope to give them something to brighten up their Sunday.

If Pakistan beat Bangladesh, they won't need to worry about net run-rates (unless there is a washout). They will have two wins, on par with West Indies, who they face in their final league game - the winner of that match will join India as semi-finalists from Group 2.

Form guide

(last five matches, most recent first)

Bangladesh: LLLWW
Pakistan: WLWWW

In the spotlight

Shakib Al Hasan, once again, is the man Bangladesh will expect to create a difference with both ball and bat. He's had two successive low scores with the bat, and will want to correct that, particularly against a tricky Pakistan attack.

Ahmed Shehzad has had a quiet tournament so far. His dismissals against India and Australia weren't a true reflection of the young aggressive batsman known for his powerful hitting. He has thrived in these conditions in the past, as recently as Asia Cup which ended earlier this month, and was the top run-getter in the Bangladesh Premier League in 2012 with 486 runs. He needs to find that form again, or Pakistan will be tempted to turn to their back-up opener, the left-hander Sharjeel Khan.

Team news

Bangladesh's combination is in disarray as they have been experimenting since the Hong Kong debacle. They have tried all their resources in the tournament and there's a strong chance there will be more reshuffling in the batting line-up. Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim are likely to bat at 3 and 4 respectively, which could open up a spot for Sabbir Rahman once more. Sohag Gazi could also make way for Abdur Razzak.

Bangladesh (probable) 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Anamul Haque, 3 Shakib Al Hasan, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (capt & wk), 5 Sabbir Rahman, 6 Nasir Hossain, 7 Mahmudullah, 8 Ziaur Rahman, 9 Sohag Gazi/Abdur Razzak, 10 Mashrafe Mortaza, 11 Al-Amin Hossain

Pakistan could stick to the XI that won them the game against Australia, though they might be tempted to pick Sohail Tanvir in place of Bilawal Bhatti, who was taken for 36 runs in his two overs against Australia.

Pakistan (probable): 1 Kamran Akmal (wk), 2 Ahmed Shehzad, 3 Mohammad Hafeez (capt), 4 Umar Akmal, 5 Shoaib Malik, 6 Shahid Afridi, 7 Sohaib Maqsood, 8 Bilawal Bhatti/Sohail Tanvir, 9 Umar Gul, 10 Saeed Ajmal, 11 Zulfiqar Babar

Stats & trivia

  • Bangladesh have played against Pakistan more often than against any other side, but have lost each of their six T20I matches, quite convincingly. The closest margin of defeat was 21 runs (when chasing) and four wickets with six balls to spare, when batting first.

  • Shahid Afridi has a batting strike rate of 175 in T20Is versus Bangladesh - he has struck six sixes and six fours off 56 balls against them. With the ball, he has taken six wickets against them at an economy rate of 5.91.

    Quotes

    "We are at a crucial junction, as we need to win both matches and we will do our best."
    Mohammad Hafeez

    Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. He tweets here

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    • Gyanendra_Mishra on March 30, 2014, 9:51 GMT

      What ever the result of this match Pak vs WI will be important but yes if Bangladesh win this match with a handsome run or win 4-5 overs left then it will be very tough for Pakistan to go ahead in this tournament.

      My best wishes with Bangladesh to win this match and create an upset which never happened in Twenty20 WC yet. But in Twenty20 cricket Pakistan is always strong and favorite and they proved themselves by qualifying for semis in all previous editions.

    • on March 30, 2014, 9:09 GMT

      kick shoaib malik out of the team he is a total liability dont know why they always selected him his international cricket days are just past, he is playing as a all rounder but not bowl a single ball in a tournament, bring sharjeel khan in as he has a ability to give a quick start from the beginning which is damn required for the Pakistan team..

    • on March 30, 2014, 9:07 GMT

      Sharjeel khan is much better than Shoaib malik

    • Fadi.Sheikh on March 30, 2014, 9:05 GMT

      It will be a Message from Pakistani Team to World Cricket. In Shaa Allah

    • AbdulMueed on March 30, 2014, 9:04 GMT

      Pakistan Is A Team That Nobody Knows What They can Come Out with.Batting or Bowling.Both are Good and They Can Go Very hard on Bangladesh.Hope Pakistan Wins.Pakistan The Best.Pakistan Zindabad! :)

    • on March 30, 2014, 9:04 GMT

      its still personal. malik again playing. y no sharjeel khan.

    • on March 30, 2014, 9:00 GMT

      Better you watch a video of pakistani giving his shirt to a bangla brother. hindus r favouring india and make it pak vs bd. its just a game

    • Gullay on March 30, 2014, 8:53 GMT

      Would really want to see Bilawal play instead of Sohail Tanvir for now at least. Other than that I have all the hopes in the world that Pakistan will make it to the semis, Insha'Allah. :D #teampakforlife

    • on March 30, 2014, 8:47 GMT

      Good Afternoon All,

      Pak should replaced Soab Malik by Sharjil Khan who can hit biggest sixes rather than Malik ...

    • on March 30, 2014, 8:42 GMT

      even it shows me a confirmation that my comments are published. o_O

    • Gyanendra_Mishra on March 30, 2014, 9:51 GMT

      What ever the result of this match Pak vs WI will be important but yes if Bangladesh win this match with a handsome run or win 4-5 overs left then it will be very tough for Pakistan to go ahead in this tournament.

      My best wishes with Bangladesh to win this match and create an upset which never happened in Twenty20 WC yet. But in Twenty20 cricket Pakistan is always strong and favorite and they proved themselves by qualifying for semis in all previous editions.

    • on March 30, 2014, 9:09 GMT

      kick shoaib malik out of the team he is a total liability dont know why they always selected him his international cricket days are just past, he is playing as a all rounder but not bowl a single ball in a tournament, bring sharjeel khan in as he has a ability to give a quick start from the beginning which is damn required for the Pakistan team..

    • on March 30, 2014, 9:07 GMT

      Sharjeel khan is much better than Shoaib malik

    • Fadi.Sheikh on March 30, 2014, 9:05 GMT

      It will be a Message from Pakistani Team to World Cricket. In Shaa Allah

    • AbdulMueed on March 30, 2014, 9:04 GMT

      Pakistan Is A Team That Nobody Knows What They can Come Out with.Batting or Bowling.Both are Good and They Can Go Very hard on Bangladesh.Hope Pakistan Wins.Pakistan The Best.Pakistan Zindabad! :)

    • on March 30, 2014, 9:04 GMT

      its still personal. malik again playing. y no sharjeel khan.

    • on March 30, 2014, 9:00 GMT

      Better you watch a video of pakistani giving his shirt to a bangla brother. hindus r favouring india and make it pak vs bd. its just a game

    • Gullay on March 30, 2014, 8:53 GMT

      Would really want to see Bilawal play instead of Sohail Tanvir for now at least. Other than that I have all the hopes in the world that Pakistan will make it to the semis, Insha'Allah. :D #teampakforlife

    • on March 30, 2014, 8:47 GMT

      Good Afternoon All,

      Pak should replaced Soab Malik by Sharjil Khan who can hit biggest sixes rather than Malik ...

    • on March 30, 2014, 8:42 GMT

      even it shows me a confirmation that my comments are published. o_O

    • siddhartha87 on March 30, 2014, 8:36 GMT

      i think Pakistan will win both their remaining games. Bangladesh is in not good form and West Indies,they are poor against off spinners and Pakistan has worlds best off spinner. I will be surprised if Gayle survives the opening spell of Hafeez to be honest.

    • on March 30, 2014, 8:36 GMT

      My team for Pakistan is

      1. Shehzad 2. Kamran (WK) 3.Hafeez 4.Umar Akmal 5.Shoaib Maqsood 6.Shoaib Malik 7.Fawad Alam 8.Afridi 9.Tanvir 10.Ajmal 11.Gul/Junaid

    • BhaskarHajong on March 30, 2014, 8:35 GMT

      If only bangla beat pak today pak will be able to beat west indies next match. Otherwise its reverse.

    • on March 30, 2014, 8:34 GMT

      The only reason Pak will not win this WC is because of Shoaib Malik's inclusion in the team.

    • on March 30, 2014, 8:23 GMT

      If Pakistan need win, WI also, need win, win for Pakistan will not come easy, he have to struggle, the team who play well on the day will win.If Pakistan batsmen play up to their capabilities, no one can hold Pakistan to reach in Samis. Best of Luck to Pakistan.

    • on March 30, 2014, 8:22 GMT

      i know 1 thing pakistan can't progress in semis with bilawal and shoaib malik in the team those who wants sohail tanwer in this team with out any match practice demanding paksitan to commit suicide for fast bowling you need pace for swing bowling you need swing sohail tanveer does not have this class.

      Sharjeel big sixes and junaid death over yorkers in over 16 18 what pak needs to qualify for semifinals today is the best time to test them.

    • cric.guru.ahmad on March 30, 2014, 8:22 GMT

      My Proposed Pakistan Team with new batting order: Sharjeel Khan Kamran Akmal† Umar Akmal† Sohaib Maqsood Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Hafeez* Bilawal Bhatti Umar Gul Saeed Ajmal Junaid Khan Zulfiqar Babar

    • on March 30, 2014, 8:19 GMT

      Bangladesh ha no doubt much talented boys but it is a high voltage match demanding BD 100% performance and to repeat the history of 1999. but Pak is more favorite clearly and i hope Inshah Allah Pkiatan will win.

    • on March 30, 2014, 8:03 GMT

      Good luck for both team .

    • Imran.khan.masood on March 30, 2014, 8:03 GMT

      Pakistan Can Beat WI easy. as all the world know Pakistan SPIN attack is best in the world. But i have dought About INDIA in SEMI. Beacuse the have Qualiy 1st time after 2007. and Pakistan is always play in Do and Die Situation. So please think about your mind...........

    • on March 30, 2014, 7:49 GMT

      Pakistan will win this easy...but the question is will they be willing to experiment so they could get the right combination in the crunch matches.

    • SLslider on March 30, 2014, 7:47 GMT

      A very exciting match between two equally matches teams. Bangladesh is stronger but they are not in form coz we have thrashed them and have broken their confidence. So I will not bee surprised if PAK can cause an upset by beating Bangladesh. Best of luck to both teams.

    • SLslider on March 30, 2014, 7:44 GMT

      An upset is very much on the cards coz Bangladesh isn't in form. So Pak will win narrowly and it will be an UPSET against Bang.

    • on March 30, 2014, 7:44 GMT

      News about Pakistani camp are not pleasant. Espacially about relations between Professor and Zakir Khan. Upset is in air today.... :(

    • on March 30, 2014, 7:35 GMT

      Bilwal n Mailk out, Junaid and Sharjeel in else I pledge to not supp Pak..At least Mailk sd b out..

    • on March 30, 2014, 7:35 GMT

      to me , 60% changed to win Bangladesh..

    • Himadri_Debnath on March 30, 2014, 7:33 GMT

      Good luck Pakistan from an Indian fan

    • peter69north on March 30, 2014, 7:30 GMT

      Hope 2 enjoy a gd game of cricket 4m both sides today....and xpctng pak win..sorry BD',(...waiting 4 indo pak final... 4m an indian fan

    • mohammed-ismail on March 30, 2014, 7:29 GMT

      Walk in the park match for Pakistan, I am expecting LALA to hit fastest 50 in T20 in this match. Come on Pakistan thrash BD and get ready to thrash SL in semis & India in the finals. Inshaallah, Pakistan will win this match with ease.

    • on March 30, 2014, 7:25 GMT

      Abidmashwani i totally agree with you. there is no role for shoaib mallik in this team. still he is givrn preference over alot of quality middle order batsmen

    • on March 30, 2014, 7:19 GMT

      Throw Shoaib Malik out and bring Sharjeel Khan in, Malik is in as specialist batsman but he's not contributing. Even if Sharjeel will provide quick 20 at top, it will still be better than slow 10 or 15 from Malik during middle overs.

    • on March 30, 2014, 7:10 GMT

      Although Pakistan had a break of 6 weeks and unpredictable but still pressure is no Bangladesh. this is best form of cricket for Pakistanies. Inshallah Pakistab will win

    • Abidmashwani on March 30, 2014, 6:59 GMT

      Why are some Pakistani fans are surprised to know that despite 7 world class bowlers among playing eleven, they still have three on bench in Junaid, Tanveer and Talha but only one batsman (Sharjeel) and that is also opening batsman? In a corrupt system thats how you select your team to make sure players like Malik gets every chance to play in middle order. In presence of Gul and Junaid, I could have easily gone without Bilawal or Talha or Tanvir and could have selected Harris Suhail or Asad Shafiq or Azhar Ali or Fawad Alam or ideally Misbah one of the best player of spin. Also all these five players should have been selected ahead of Malik.

    • Oracle_Magus on March 30, 2014, 6:59 GMT

      Paks are the favourites here, but BD sure can pose some threat to their progress. It's a herculean task for BD to make it to the semis now, but they sure have the capacity to challenge the best. The inconsistency of the Pak batting is a huge concern and if they are batting first, on a bad day they may surrender cheaply. But if they even play to half their potential, then BD will remain winless. Pak bowling is always their strength, but we have seen in the Asia Cup, BD did score easily against them. Pak will be high on confidence after beating the Aussies, and today they need this win to take the NRR out of the equation for qualifying, so they will come with all guns blazing. Hope to see another Pak win here and watch a high intensity final between India and Pak. There I will be supporting India, but Pak has always been my second favourite team. All the best boys. Cheers!

    • on March 30, 2014, 6:58 GMT

      Amir and misbah are missing in Pakistan XI...

    • on March 30, 2014, 6:53 GMT

      I suggest only one change Take shoaib malik out and put junaid in

    • on March 30, 2014, 6:47 GMT

      If pak are such minnors why arent their wins considered as upsets? Beating the aussies, getting to finals or semi finals of world events on a regular basis!

    • on March 30, 2014, 6:45 GMT

      Totaally irrelavant of the selection of shoaib malik, he is not an allrounder anymore. He should be dropped in place of sharjeel khan as hr is a youngstet and a future prospect. Byt shoaib malik has seen his era by now. 2ndly indians are right pakistan is un predictable but in sha ALLAH there will not be any upset today.

    • on March 30, 2014, 6:34 GMT

      Talk about Pakistan team being unpredictable or talk about Bangladesh predictable of not winning at all even at home grounds,this match is of significant importance for it will decide Pakistan's future in the tournament.There is so much politics in Pakistan team for captaincy race and that is why team never performs well. If we look at Hafiz or Afridi's individual performances then they don't deserve to represent the side. Recently Zaheer Abbas commented that "Pakistani Players are not world class" which is a contradictory statement he had about them in the past. He should know that "World class players are produced where the management or the people who run the show are also World class"

    • on March 30, 2014, 6:29 GMT

      Its gonna be a very tough match for both of the teams. Bangladesh will try to win as they've not performed in the previous matches and Pakistan is in need of winning too. Lets see what's gonna go ! Bilawal Bhatii should be replaced with Sohail Tanveer because he doesn't bowl well in death overs and Sohail Tanveer will be perfect having considered his t 20 bowling records.

    • anuajm on March 30, 2014, 6:14 GMT

      Bangladesh will be mincemeat for Pakistan. No chance. It's a straight shootout b/w Pakistan and WI for the SF and it should be a close match. Both their batting are vulnerable and spin bowling is good. Ajmal and Hafeez could be the difference. Bangladesh were lucky to get to super ten. Nepal played match better but were unlucky, and Afghanistan got over enthusiastic specially against BD. ICC needs to ensure last round matches are held at the same time like in football so that team do not know what they need to do to get through the next stages.

    • on March 30, 2014, 6:07 GMT

      As it is being said that Pakistan is unpredictable team, Good batting can survive Pakistan. If Batting provide good plate form to Pakistan, then Pakistan bowling can destroy any team in the world as we are witnessed in the game of Australia. It also should be kept in mind that Pakistan don't have to take Bangladesh lightly, because a good day of Bangladesh can reduce the chances of Pakistan. Sohail Tanveer is my choice because he can do batting with bowling as wel.

    • on March 30, 2014, 6:06 GMT

      Fijicricket, you apparently know nothing. Pakistan has the best bowling side in any international team. There was a reason Bangladesh had to go through with the qualifiers, they are terrible, they even lost to Hong Kong! Pakistan may not have the best batting, but it is sure is 10x better than Bangladesh's. I'm pretty sure Bangladesh's players couldn't even get into Pakistan's U-14 team. No kidding. Bangladesh lost every game in the Asia cup and every game in the Wt20 so far, remember that.

    • shahnoor-haque on March 30, 2014, 5:56 GMT

      I don't not know why we keep selecting players like shoaib Malik and kamran akmal either our country lacks quality batsmen or we don't want to give youngsters a chance.We will win this match but we might not win Wc as we have some useless players.

    • alipk52 on March 30, 2014, 5:18 GMT

      I don't ever want to see Tanvir and Bilawal in the team, Junaid Khan is the best, I fail to understand Why They keep excluding Junaid after one or two bad days, This is seriously injustice to him, He's the best bowler at the death, and bowls yorkers, hits block holes at will, Bilawal despite receiving severe hammerings from every Batsman he bowls to, Keeps getting chances after chances, Junaid khan is clearly the best pacer along with Malinga at the death. Shoaib Malik's inclusion is really starting to get weird for me, He's the player with nothing spectacular in him, Abdul Razzaq is the one I missed badly, the best finisher, and game changer, I think Hafeez Should be dropped forever, he has really ruined the performances, I would take best and energetic Fawad Alam any day, though it seems unlikely that Fawad will get chances he deserves probably coz he's not from Punjab but he belongs to a Talent paradise Karachi, really frustrating for me as Pakistani Fan to see politics in sports.

    • on March 30, 2014, 4:57 GMT

      well everyone talking about record of Pakistan's unpredictability than the record says a lot in favor of Pakistan but i did not see Arun Bose on (March 30, 2014, 1:05 GMT) talking about those records, bd never beat pak in wt20, t20i if that helps you, and only pak made to all semis of wt20s. dont be idiots guys at-least give pak the respect what they deserve for that.

    • on March 30, 2014, 4:51 GMT

      oh com'on guys,pak posted the highest total till now wt20, nobody scored against india pak, wi, bd, but everybody wanting an upset, i know everybody likes underdogs even i would have supported bd but all those Indians and Australians hoping for pak defeat, ind bcoz of rivalry and oziz to keep their hopes alive. but you cant give bd more than 30% of chances and that will be pretty fair. and everybody knows cricket is by chance and t20 is more unpredictable.

    • SamWintson92 on March 30, 2014, 4:41 GMT

      My Teams:

      PAK XI (Malik & Bhatti out, Sharjeel & Tanvir in) 1 Shehzad 2 K Akmal 3 Hafeez (C) 4 U Akmal (WK) 5 Sharjeel 6 Maqsood 7 Afridi 8 Tanvir 9 Gul 10 Ajmal 11 Babar.

      BAN XI (Gazi out, Razzak in) (Change the batting order) 1 Anamul 2 Mushfiqur (C+WK) 3 Shakib 4 Tamim 5 Shamsur 6 Mahmudullah 7 Nasir 8 Ziaur 9 Mashrafe 10 Razzak 11 Al-Amin.

    • romirom on March 30, 2014, 4:25 GMT

      i didn't understand the selection policy of pak team mgmt. There are 7 bowlers playing in the last game against aus but still 3 bowlers are in bench. Tanvir, talha and junaid. Why carry too many bowlers. Pak are weak in bating and there is only one option i.e sharjeel. He lacks technique to survive in int'l cricket. And the failure lik malik, kamran is in top 6 bating line up. It require some mericle performance from other batsman to win world cup for pak lik umar did in last game.

    • on March 30, 2014, 4:00 GMT

      Pakistani batsmen should play sagaciously today keeping in mind the pitch condition! if Pakistan win d toss,they should go for bowling first! Best of luck Pakistan team!

    • Fijicricket on March 30, 2014, 3:47 GMT

      Albert Campbell of Pakistan must be excited about this clash between the two teams of the same standard! What a clsh- probably will come out as the closest contest of the tournament. I feel BD will take this one as Pakistan lack bowlers who would not make it even in a school team of BD

    • on March 30, 2014, 3:35 GMT

      bd has been poor throughout the tournament and i expect the trend to continue.

    • Lion_96 on March 30, 2014, 3:28 GMT

      Bangladesh have had a terrible 2014 and now they come up against a side, who they havent beaten in any format since 1999. Its very hard to see them pull off an upset. Pakistan are a 'momentum team', and their victory over Australia has given them momentum, but it is my sincere hope, that the hosts put in a decent performance. I really do feel for the fans at times. On the other hand, Pakistan need to really hammer Bangladesh to lift the NRR. That WI-PAK will be a virtual Quarter-Finals

    • on March 30, 2014, 3:27 GMT

      For those who wish upset will be disappointed. They will even not come to comment after BD defeat.

    • on March 30, 2014, 2:47 GMT

      I dont know why all the people here are hoping for an upset! Just a little reminder that Bangladesh is not playing a club team and is playing pakistan! So I dont really think there will be an upset but I would surely love to see an exciting match of cricket! May the best team win! Good luck! Pakistan Zindabad

    • on March 30, 2014, 2:37 GMT

      Why the hell is Shoaib Malik in the team? Kick him and out and bring someone useful in!

    • TeamSelector on March 30, 2014, 2:29 GMT

      Drop Malik & Bhatti and bring in Sharjeel & Tanvir.

      1-Sharjeel 2-Shehzad 3-Kamran 4-Hafeez 5-Maqsood 6-Umar Akmal 7-Afridi 8-Tanvir 9-Gul 10-Ajmal 11-Babar

    • on March 30, 2014, 2:15 GMT

      Umer Gul and Shoaib Malik should be dropped. Umber Gul is most expensive bowler who is throwing 4 balls short pitch. He dont use his head. He forgot to ball good length or Yorker ???????????? Shoaib Malik finished after Marriage. He is not bowler or batsman any more.........Selectors can give chance to Sherjel Khan........Anyway Pakistan will comfortably and also West Indies match....Good Luck Pakistan

    • Akram567 on March 30, 2014, 2:05 GMT

      BD need nothing but confidence!!!

    • Herath-UK on March 30, 2014, 1:41 GMT

      If I'm not wrong it was Pak who gave the brotherly BD the first win in an ODI so may consider helping the BD again who are in a hole at this time. Hope SL will meet Pak in the SF.

    • on March 30, 2014, 1:41 GMT

      Conventional wisdom says Pakistan should romp through to the Semi-Final considering their excellent record against Bangladesh (who have never beaten them in T20I) and West Indian weakness against quality spin. But there are going to be a couple of surprises in Pakistan's next two games. Bangladesh is going to "upset" Pakistan today and finally bring some solace to their faithful supporters. That will leave Team Pakistan with the daunting task of either beating west indies by 75 runs or finishing the game in 12 overs in their last game and they will fail to achieve that. Akmal brothers after their fine showing against Australia will both "fail" in the next two games with Kamran contributing behind the stumps with a couple of missed chances as well.

    • on March 30, 2014, 1:38 GMT

      It's annoying to see Indian fans wishlist and sportmanspirit. Simply ridiculous. Indian fans want an upset. Why did they not want an upset against India. I believe BD have defeated Indian team more then they have defeated PAK. I think we should only say, let the best team WIN.

    • Fijicricket on March 30, 2014, 1:18 GMT

      This is going to be one exciting clash with both teams of the same standard! Same standard bowlers/feilding/batsman! Last time these two met Pakistan won on the last ball! Coundnt be closer! I feel BD has the edge with the home advantage! Cant wait for this one. Everybody love close contests and this one is going to be a cracker!

    • on March 30, 2014, 1:16 GMT

      Pakistan Cricket Team should make drastic changes in it's team, get rid of old players and introduce you blood in it.Our Captain should not never boast by beating one team and saying that their players are in peak form capable of beating any team, so strange as the next match proves their capability Be serious as prayers are only accepted when you perform the best and then leave the rest to Allah. Surely Allah helps those who helps themselves.

    • on March 30, 2014, 1:05 GMT

      @t20cric- We all know including Pakistani fans know who's the only batsmen capable of scoring big runs for Pakistan..Umar Akmal..and we know this too that he's very unpredictable..He will score 96 or 94 runs in one match but in the very next match he can get out without scoring as he's shot selection isn't good..If hogg wud have taken that catch then Akmal cudn't have scored 94 that day..and come on aussies lost by just 12 runs.. They came very close to win..Every Pakistani bowler went for runs that day only later part of aus innings they(aussies) played some rash shots and let pakistan put their foot in the door.. I am telling you..upset is very much on the cards today as bd is an unpredictable team too..maybe they wud like to break their record of not beating pakistan for 15 years..

    • on March 29, 2014, 22:36 GMT

      good luck pakistan

    • on March 29, 2014, 22:33 GMT

      hehhehe why only fight to keep semi final records alive inshallah pakistan will fight to win t20 worldcup inshallah we win 2014 world t20.

    • on March 29, 2014, 22:09 GMT

      pakistan easay to win

    • on March 29, 2014, 21:50 GMT

      Best of luck to both trams may the better team win n though I would like Pak to win as win for BD is as good as nothing in the tournament

    • Desihungama on March 29, 2014, 21:27 GMT

      Knowing Pakistan all too well they just might go on to lose tomorrow just to fight back against the Windies the next day. However, their record against BD as of late or I think as of forever has been impressive and for some reason this fact has not been talked up too much among cricket pundits. In this WT20, most games have been close and bangladesh fans have been fantastic in adding equal fireworks!

    • on March 29, 2014, 20:31 GMT

      Pakistan will be in pressure if one or two early wickets fall. its the day for ahmad shahzad and hafeez to fire.

    • Ain_EL_Sabet on March 29, 2014, 20:21 GMT

      As a Bd fan I dont expect Bd to win against pak at all but I expect them to atleast put up a fight for the first time against a top quality side. I really think Shamsur Rahman should stay and either tamim or nasir should be replaced for Imrul Kayes. Bd balling is a cakewalk for quality sides but batting can be dangerous on their day.

    • on March 29, 2014, 20:11 GMT

      I think its very clear that Pak will be through to semi final but Windies match can be little tough for Pak.

    • on March 29, 2014, 20:09 GMT

      it is because of the performance of Bangladesh team recent times, people are now making fun out of our team. Players should definitely take the blame of not being performing in the highest level even after being a home side.not all the players are passionate about their game. that is the reason why they can't perform

    • on March 29, 2014, 19:38 GMT

      I want either SL or Pakistan to win the cup. My other teams were England and Bangladesh (who realistically have no chance anymore). Anyway best of luck Bangladesh!

    • on March 29, 2014, 19:29 GMT

      If played on their potential, Team Pakistan can defeat Bangladesh and Westindies quite convincingly

    • on March 29, 2014, 19:00 GMT

      N here I'm again! Being a pakistani n having pakistani team as my first fantasy team! I will never wish for them to lose! Pakistan must make 250-290 in if they r given batting first and kick bangladesh for 120 less! It will give us extra nrr, I have no fight with bangladesh but I want to see something special! I don't like Hafeez as captain but I have no choice but to acceprt him as my captain, pcb, can u feel it! Best of luck Pakistan! Best of luck asim

      Thank u! Thank u!

      Can u send afridi and one of akmals as openers for pakistan please! Please, ask sohaib to open his eyes before his career goes asleep Chorta akmal must open his guns now! N professor stop giving ur extra run outs and inside edges!

      My team don't make me captain any more because I was making rooms for my bowling and batting ! Like hafeez, I don't know y hafeez. Is still a captain! Pakistan 1 down, hafeez is here Bowling attack! Hafeez is there! Can some1 ask hafeez to give me his logiks ! Please! ;)

    • on March 29, 2014, 18:59 GMT

      gud luck pak team in next 2 maches

    • on March 29, 2014, 18:47 GMT

      past records do not matter much and t20 is that kind of format where each team can do anything. we have seen ND vs SA game. nd almost won it. so have to give best

    • on March 29, 2014, 18:37 GMT

      The team combination for Pak should be; 1. Sharjeel Khan, 2. Kamran Akmal, 3. Ahmed Shehzad, 4. Umar Akmal, 5. Sohaib Maqsood, 6. Mohammad Hafeez, 7. Shahid Afridi, 8. Umar Gul, 9. Saeed Ajmal, 10. Zulfiqar Babar, 11. Junaid Khan. What will happen that there will be no pressure on Hafeez to come later and most importantly shoaib malik will be rested.

    • on March 29, 2014, 18:36 GMT

      Battle of minnows. ha ha ha

    • WeeBee on March 29, 2014, 18:36 GMT

      I really want Pakistan to win this one ! ... But there should be a competitive game. I want India and Pakistan to play final. It means i want India to win semi as well .. and pakistan to win from BD, WI and whoever come in semis.....

    • on March 29, 2014, 18:28 GMT

      Inshallah BD will be blazing all the guns tomorrow and will win the match against Pakistan.Everybody knows they are capable of doing so. In this stage of tournament, they know very well that,they have nothing to loose really! That is a big plus point for them.

    • on March 29, 2014, 18:24 GMT

      Prepare for your big match on 01/04 against WI. No scope for Shohaib Malik,he is past his best. Sharjeel @ 6 will prove to be a match winner/ finsher. Try him against BD, few good shots will him to be confodent against WI. It is the batting which is more fragile, strenghthen your batting line.It is the spinners that are being more effective on these pitches.No fast bowler has been effective or deadly, even stein gun has been hit for plenty. Just one front line fast bowler Gul will do the job. Again yokers are not as effective with short bounderies. So you need some one with pace, bowing short, back of the length like Bhattia to support Gul, if needed. Having Sohail Tanver, again past his best, in the squad has deprived you another spinner in the squad.

    • ispaewbi on March 29, 2014, 18:17 GMT

      Get Sharjeel in for Shahzad and I have no idea about the role of Malik in the Team...

    • on March 29, 2014, 18:14 GMT

      I think the match is going to be one sided andiI think Pakistan is going come on top

    • ahassan on March 29, 2014, 18:05 GMT

      "We will do our best" is not good enough for Pakistan. They have to do better than their best from now on if they want to lift the trophy. Hafeez does not seem sure of his team's performance against BD and WI. He should have been more positive by saying that Pakistan will win next two matches as Imran Khan had said in 1992 World Cup.

    • WeeBee on March 29, 2014, 17:55 GMT

      I want Pak and India to win semis and come in final. It means i want Pak to come in semi by beating both BD and WI. Which i think they have goood chance to win easily.

    • on March 29, 2014, 17:54 GMT

      Best of Luck Pakistan.Play your best cricket in the next matches. Pak vs Wi will be a good contest if Gayle plays well

    • on March 29, 2014, 17:47 GMT

      pak cricket needs to make some drastic improvements to their cricket playing players, these guys are international players n should be looking at excuses on poor performances given by players, we have one of the best batting coaches in Zaheer Abbas but he cant go on the pitch n play n make runs for pak batters. either these boys are good enough or not good enough with no excuses.

    • Cric_info_pak on March 29, 2014, 17:41 GMT

      wht pakistan never lost against bangladesh even when bangladesh use to beat other teams infact they beat every one after getting test other then pakistan ,,,,, more then 15 years and 34 games in row that is the worst record any one got ...... they can only beat pakistan the way they did back in 1999 their only win against pakistan every one knows how they got that victory against pakistan

    • vkumar_086 on March 29, 2014, 17:39 GMT

      I want an upset from BD tomorrow...BD has very good opportunity to give some joy to their fans....its last chance....common BD show some power tomorrow....

    • on March 29, 2014, 17:32 GMT

      Come on guys stop fighting FCB won today with messi goal and are on top, yayyy. As for as Pak vs BD, everybody knows that there are chances of defeat of pakistan but still they would have a chance, and if pak can lose to bd than they certainly can thrash (key word) WI with their unpredictability. and one other thing that all know is that pak cant do anything the easy way. most of the times they close all the doors for themselves leaving a little hole to sneak in and most of those times they do sneak in through that.

    • t20cric on March 29, 2014, 17:23 GMT

      @Arun Bose: I fail to see the logic in your comment. You said that Australia's batsmen play spin well when they lost to Pakistan & WI only cuz they couldn't handle the high quality spin of both these teams. Then you say that Pak batting is not in form when we made 190 against Australia & Umar Akmal IS in form. You also said that Pakistan's bowling is weak when we have guys like Ajmal, Afridi, Hafeez, Babar & Gul who are all good bowlers in t20. I'm guessing Bangladesh were really holding back their potential in all of there other matches for u to say these kind of comments.

    • avi2980 on March 29, 2014, 17:20 GMT

      @ diamond pearl: i think match is in day so there is no due factor so it is good thing. WI has good spinners and pakistan batting is not so good against quality spinners. hence its not going to be one sided.

    • t20cric on March 29, 2014, 17:10 GMT

      Pakistan needs to show some consistency now to win the title. They need to win 4 matches in a row to take the world cup. Pakistan's bowling needs to be up to Pakistani standards. Bilawal looks like an obvious weak link in our otherwise strong bowling line up. To replace him we have Tanvir, Junaid & Talha with Junaid probably being the best. There is also the question of either keeping Malik or bringing in Sharjeel. I think Sharjeel will be more useful cuz he has a far better strike rate & can give Pakistan a good chance. The team should be: 1. Sharjeel Khan, 2. Kamran Akmal, 3. Mohammad Hafeez, 4. Umar Akmal, 5. Ahmed Shehzad, 6. Sohaib Maqsood, 7. Shahid Afridi, 8. Umar Gul, 9. Saeed Ajmal, 10. Zulfiqar Babar, 11. Junaid Khan.

      Or they could use Shehzad at no. 1 & Sharjeel at no. 5. With this team Insha Allah Pakistan will be able to beat Bangladesh by a big margin.

    • computerguru on March 29, 2014, 17:04 GMT

      For BD to stand a chance even of fighting, Shakib must fire with the bat. As the most experienced T20 campaigner of the team, 0(1) and 1(2) is not expected from him at all. Otherwise he needs to be replaced by mominul or sabbir.

    • on March 29, 2014, 17:01 GMT

      i think its very simple for pakistan to go through semi fnals .. the pressure will be on bangladsh .. and windies are not gud player against spinners and pak hav world class spiinners in thier side ..... sooooo equation is very simpleee just beat ban and windi and go through to finals bst ov luk pakistan

    • on March 29, 2014, 16:57 GMT

      All those writing off Pakistan's semi final chances will soon eat humble pies. Pakistan has a strong bowling attack salman shakir, therefore it is more likely to restrict west indian batsmen. However Pakistan must drop shoaib malik and bring in junaid khan. We must field our best bowling combination. Junaid and gul as fast bowlers be perfect foil as death bowling options alongside ajmal and afridi.

    • on March 29, 2014, 16:50 GMT

      An upset is very much on the cards.. BD wud really want to win 2morrow as It's their best chance to win a match in this tourney and give their fans joy as they turn up in large number game after game after game.. Aussies wud b tough to beat for BD as they have batsmen who handles and play spin bowling well & have good fast bowlers too but Pakistan's batting is not in form and isn't strong enough as saw in IND VS PAK match and their bowling is quite playable too just avoid saeed ajmal amd rest is easy to handle.. I really wish to see an upset tomorrow..Cm on BD, Beat 'em and make BD proud! Har har mahadev!!!

    • kc69 on March 29, 2014, 16:14 GMT

      Equation is simple for Pakistan, they need to win this and also the next one against WI to progress with 6 points.A loss here can almost end their chance because its +0.077 which would go to negative in case of even a close loss.with WI having +1.223 even if Pak beat them they both might end at 4 points moving WI to semis based on superior NRR.So best of luck to Pakistan and may the best team win.

    • kc69 on March 29, 2014, 16:02 GMT

      @Hyder Zaman:Does a last over nailbiting win with 1 wicket against inexperienced team India means "thrashing".Moreover let me remind you that its a 50 over match which is quite different than a 20 over and test formats.Pak has most T20 records because they played the most number of T20s compared to any other team.I have followed and admired Pakistan team for quite a while and trust me on this that they are the only team which can beat as well as lose to any team in the world on any given day.

    • on March 29, 2014, 15:51 GMT

      @nauman: fawad is not with squad

    • on March 29, 2014, 15:26 GMT

      There were no upsets in such a big tournament, I really wish to see an upset tomorrow.. BD should beat Pakistan..

    • on March 29, 2014, 15:04 GMT

      Even if pakistan win this, they will not make it into the semi finals... It will be India Vs Sri Lanka final, and West Indies will defeat pakistan.

    • on March 29, 2014, 14:27 GMT

      For Me Playing XI Should Be Like This Pakistan: 1.Sharjeel 2.Kamran 3.Hafeez 4.Umar 5.Maqsood 6.Afridi 7.Sohail 8.Zulfiqar 9.Gul 10.Ajmal 11.Juniad

      Bangladesh 1.Tamim 2.Anamul 3.Nasir 4.Mushfiqur 5.Shakib 6.Mahmudullah 7.Shabbir 8.Ziaur 9.Mashrafe 10.Razzaq 11.Al amin

    • on March 29, 2014, 14:25 GMT

      @salman shakir : "pakistan strength is bowling which looks weak" mate did you forget how we thrashed india in asia cup, it couldn't have been done by batting alone. I say Paks bowling will eventually find its groove as they are a slow starters in WC and it looks like you didn't see the second half of paks bowling against rampaging Aussie's which no other team can think of in their dreams let alone India. As far as W.indies are concerned don't forget we beat them 2-0 in their home soil recently and on top of that if we add conditions which favors pak more, the chances of W-indies winning slims even further. So get your facts right when you talk as obviously you seem an Indian fan alien to the fact that Pak has the best record in T-20 of any team.

    • on March 29, 2014, 14:17 GMT

      Pakistan should play the inform Fawad Alam probably in place of Sharjeel or Shaoib Malik. Afridi should be sent in one down . Sohaib needs to be sent in earlier also, possibly two down. Good luck.

    • on March 29, 2014, 13:45 GMT

      Pakistan will most likely lose from Bangladesh because in pressure situations Pakiatan doesnt do well in international world cups. Even if they win this one Windies will be too good for Pakistan because Pakistan's strength is bowling which looks very weak to win any sort of huge tournament.

    • on March 29, 2014, 13:29 GMT

      good luck tomorrow Pakistan good luck tomorrow Pakistan GOD BLESS YOU WILL GOD BLESS YOU WILL

    • on March 29, 2014, 13:25 GMT

      I think BD should go with Razzak against in place of Shohag Gazi as all of Pakistani batsmans are right handad!!!! Shabbir should play at no. 6 as he plays atthis pposition in domestic cricket & Nasir should play at no. 5 in order to get enough time to settle and then firing as he has lack of confidence now. Ziaur shoul also ahead of Mahmudullah!!!!

    • on March 29, 2014, 13:22 GMT

      pak has got no margin for error left. they should try to win this good even though weather aspect is highly unlikely.

      i think sohail tanvir should play for bhatti. bhattis batting was not required so far and tanvir is slightly better bowler than him if they dont want to go with talha / junaid

      maliks role is questionable really. his bowling is not required as we have 4 spinners alreadyy playing. and his batting form is not that good. they should include sharjeel for malik. sharjeel is also not good but got no other option.

      dew will not be a factor so spinners will be good in 2nd innings.

    • ICCexpert.... on March 29, 2014, 13:21 GMT

      Shoaib Malik or Shahzad should to be dropped. Sharjeel khan is a t20 specialist, he has to be in the team.

    • on March 29, 2014, 13:13 GMT

      it will be a tough one

    • DanielRow-field on March 29, 2014, 13:05 GMT

      May the better team win. Being a neutral fan i would have supported BD but their win will have no effect on their progress in the tournament, so i would be hoping Pakistan to turn out the victor against BD! As far as team is concerned i would say Shoaib Malik should be dropped for Sharjeel Khan to give him exposure at this stage of the game!!

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    • DanielRow-field on March 29, 2014, 13:05 GMT

      May the better team win. Being a neutral fan i would have supported BD but their win will have no effect on their progress in the tournament, so i would be hoping Pakistan to turn out the victor against BD! As far as team is concerned i would say Shoaib Malik should be dropped for Sharjeel Khan to give him exposure at this stage of the game!!

    • on March 29, 2014, 13:13 GMT

      it will be a tough one

    • ICCexpert.... on March 29, 2014, 13:21 GMT

      Shoaib Malik or Shahzad should to be dropped. Sharjeel khan is a t20 specialist, he has to be in the team.

    • on March 29, 2014, 13:22 GMT

      pak has got no margin for error left. they should try to win this good even though weather aspect is highly unlikely.

      i think sohail tanvir should play for bhatti. bhattis batting was not required so far and tanvir is slightly better bowler than him if they dont want to go with talha / junaid

      maliks role is questionable really. his bowling is not required as we have 4 spinners alreadyy playing. and his batting form is not that good. they should include sharjeel for malik. sharjeel is also not good but got no other option.

      dew will not be a factor so spinners will be good in 2nd innings.

    • on March 29, 2014, 13:25 GMT

      I think BD should go with Razzak against in place of Shohag Gazi as all of Pakistani batsmans are right handad!!!! Shabbir should play at no. 6 as he plays atthis pposition in domestic cricket & Nasir should play at no. 5 in order to get enough time to settle and then firing as he has lack of confidence now. Ziaur shoul also ahead of Mahmudullah!!!!

    • on March 29, 2014, 13:29 GMT

      good luck tomorrow Pakistan good luck tomorrow Pakistan GOD BLESS YOU WILL GOD BLESS YOU WILL

    • on March 29, 2014, 13:45 GMT

      Pakistan will most likely lose from Bangladesh because in pressure situations Pakiatan doesnt do well in international world cups. Even if they win this one Windies will be too good for Pakistan because Pakistan's strength is bowling which looks very weak to win any sort of huge tournament.

    • on March 29, 2014, 14:17 GMT

      Pakistan should play the inform Fawad Alam probably in place of Sharjeel or Shaoib Malik. Afridi should be sent in one down . Sohaib needs to be sent in earlier also, possibly two down. Good luck.

    • on March 29, 2014, 14:25 GMT

      @salman shakir : "pakistan strength is bowling which looks weak" mate did you forget how we thrashed india in asia cup, it couldn't have been done by batting alone. I say Paks bowling will eventually find its groove as they are a slow starters in WC and it looks like you didn't see the second half of paks bowling against rampaging Aussie's which no other team can think of in their dreams let alone India. As far as W.indies are concerned don't forget we beat them 2-0 in their home soil recently and on top of that if we add conditions which favors pak more, the chances of W-indies winning slims even further. So get your facts right when you talk as obviously you seem an Indian fan alien to the fact that Pak has the best record in T-20 of any team.

    • on March 29, 2014, 14:27 GMT

      For Me Playing XI Should Be Like This Pakistan: 1.Sharjeel 2.Kamran 3.Hafeez 4.Umar 5.Maqsood 6.Afridi 7.Sohail 8.Zulfiqar 9.Gul 10.Ajmal 11.Juniad

      Bangladesh 1.Tamim 2.Anamul 3.Nasir 4.Mushfiqur 5.Shakib 6.Mahmudullah 7.Shabbir 8.Ziaur 9.Mashrafe 10.Razzaq 11.Al amin