Pakistan and Bangladesh will have everything to play for in the sixth match of the Super Four stage in the ongoing Asia Cup 2018. It is going to be a virtual semifinal between the two sides. Both of these sides were able to defeat Afghanistan by a whisker and lost their respective matches against India. Thus, it is going to be an interesting contest between the two teams.
Meanwhile, Pakistan will like to address some areas on which they can improve on. They rely heavily on their bowling line-up, which hasn’t fired at all cylinders. Therefore, they would like to tick the right boxes in the all-important match.
On the other hand, Pakistan has been poor in the field. They dropped four catches in the match against Afghanistan whereas they fluffed two in the game against India. Therefore, they would like to pull up their socks in the fielding department.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh was also able to get over the line against Afghanistan by the skin of their teeth. They would want more from their middle order and especially from experienced campaigners like Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan. Mahmudullah and Imrul Kayes were able to rescue them in the last match.
Bangladesh might include Soumya Sarkar in place of Nazmul Hossain Shanto who hasn’t made the most of his opportunity as he has scored only 20 runs in three matches. Sarkar will bring more experience to the table. The southpaw opener averages 34.54 and strikes his runs at a healthy rate of 96.6. Thus, he can be a good addition to the side.
On the other hand, Pakistan can ponder to include Junaid Khan who hasn’t yet played a match thus far in the tournament. Pakistan pacers were on the expensive side in the match against India. Therefore, Junaid can take the place of Shaheen Afridi who lacks the experience under his belt.
Meanwhile, Pakistan opening pair hasn’t provided a good start. Fakhar Zaman hasn’t been in the best of forms and has let the team down with his performances. Therefore, the southpaw pair of Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq will like to provide a good start for their team.
Sarfraz Ahmed has also disappointed with his captaincy. The wicketkeeper-batsman is putting unnecessary pressure on his own players by giving them a piece of his mind after every second ball, which is a tad unfair. Furthermore, Sarfraz is also lashing out at the fielders if they are bungling with the ball.
Date and Time: 26 Septemeber, 2018, 5:00 PM IST.
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi.
Pitch Conditions: The pitch is going to assist the spinners as the track is going to break down because of the heat. There would be once again hard conditions for the fast bowlers.
Weather Conditions: Another hot day is going to greet the players in Abu Dhabi. So, there won’t be any respite for the players.
Pakistan Predicted Playing XI: Imam Ul Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Shaheen Afridi.
Bangladesh Predicted Playing XI: Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Mithun, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Imrul Kayes, Mahmudullah, Mashrafe Mortaza, Mehidy Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman, Namzul Islam.
Stats: Shoaib Malik has scored nine centuries in his ODI career. He is one short of matching with the likes of Inzamam-ul-Haq and Ijaz Ahmed.
Soumya Sarkar has scored 967 runs. Thus, the southpaw batsman is 33 runs shy from the 1000 run mark.