Bangladesh v Pakistan, World T20, Group 2, Mirpur

Pakistan seek edge in tight race

The Preview by Umar Farooq

March 29, 2014

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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.


A fan makes his allegiances well known, Bangladesh v West Indies, World T20, Group 2, Mirpur, March 25, 2014
Bangladesh's fans have provided vocal support through the tournament © ICC
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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

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    Posted by 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.

    Posted by   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..

    Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 30, 2014, 9:07 GMT)

    Sharjeel khan is much better than Shoaib malik

    Posted by Fadi.Sheikh on (March 30, 2014, 9:05 GMT)

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

    Posted by 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! :)

    Posted by android_user on (March 30, 2014, 9:04 GMT)

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

    Posted by wapuser 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

    Posted by 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

    Posted by   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 ...

    Posted by android_user on (March 30, 2014, 8:42 GMT)

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

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