It is well known that Pakistan has a mountain to climb against Bangladesh to keep going in the tournament. Pakistan will need to out of their skin whereas Bangladesh will need to play very badly to make the impossible as possible. We take a look at the Match Preview, Predicted XI, Prediction, Pitch, Weather and Stats.
In fact, the Men in Green have been able to come up with inspiring performances in the last three matches. However, their massive first match defeat against West Indies is haunting them at the moment. Pakistan was never able to recover from that defeat and their Net Run Rate took a huge jolt.
Pakistan has an uphill task.
On the other hand, Bangladesh is already knocked out of the tournament. The Tigers were able to come up with decent performances, however, they were not able to seize the crucial stages of the match. But there was no denying the fact that they gave a run for the money to the opposition team.
Shakib Al Hasan has been brilliant for his side as he has amassed 542 runs in the tournament – as he is the second highest run-getter of the tournament. Furthermore, he has scalped 11 wickets in the seven innings of the tournament.
Meanwhile, one good news for Bangladesh is Mahmudullah’s recovery. The right-hander is on the right path to recovery as he had suffered a calf injury against Afghanistan and could not play in the must-win match against India. The right-hander has been a pivotal cog in Bangladesh’s wheel as he can provide the finishing touches to the team.
Here are the imposing criteria by which Pakistan can qualify for the semifinals:
If Pakistan score 308 runs, they will need to bowl out Bangladesh for zero runs.
If they score 350 runs, they will need to skittle out the Tigers for 39 runs.
If they get 400 runs, they will need to bundle out Mashrafe Mortaza-led side for 84 runs.
If they score 450, they will need to get Bangladesh out for 129 runs.
If Pakistan post 500, they will need to get Bangladesh out for 174 runs.
And if Pakistan bowl second then Pakistan doesn’t stand a chance to qualify for the semifinals.
Date and Venue: 5th July, Lord’s, London.
Pakistan has an uphill task in hand and it is almost impossible for them to pull off the miraculous win.
Bangladesh’s Predicted Playing XI: Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Mustafizur Rahman, Mohammad Saifuddin.
Pakistan Predicted Playing XI- Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfaraz Ahmed (c & wk), Harris Sohail, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali.
The Lord’s pitch is good for the batsmen and the high-scoring total can be on the cards. However, Pakistan will need a miracle to go through to the last four.
The temperature is going to be ideal for the same. It is going to be partly cloudy but there are no reports of rain. The temperature is going to stay around 27-degree Celsius.
Mushfiqur Rahim needs 91 runs to complete 6000 ODI runs.
Mahmudullah requires 53 runs to get to the landmark of 4000 ODI runs.
Mohammed Hafeez requires two wickets to complete 250 International wickets.