Bangladesh vs Pakistan: Pakistan are almost on the brink of getting knocked out. They’ve got to come up with a supernatural effort to make it through. Probably do what Sri Lanka did to Zimbabwe in 2004. Is that even a plausible hope? Considering how brilliantly Bangladesh has batted in all their World Cup games. The Mashrafe Mortaza led side has scored over 300 3 times & have never been dismissed for less than 240.
For Pakistan to reach the semi-finals, they’ve got to bat first make 400, and dismiss Bangladesh for 84 and win by 316 runs or score 350, dismiss opponent for 38 and win by 312 runs. To elaborate, Pakistan needs a gargantuan effort to dismantle Bangladesh & for the record, 290 is the highest winning margin in ODIs. In the quantum world, the chances of Pakistan winning would be that of the size of an electron. All the spooky comparisons made with the 1992 World Cup have now gone down the drain & people who envisaged Sarfaraz Ahmed being the next prime minister can now breathe a sigh of relief.
WHERE DID IT ALL GO WRONG?
Firstly, Pakistan were never the favourites to get to the knockouts. Only after the English faltered, did they find themselves in a position of strength & that triggered some inspirational performances. If Pakistan could go back in time & repair the damage caused, they would certainly alter their tournament’s opener. They were annihilated by the Windies’ pacers & that has come back to haunt them. Defeats against Australia & India were inevitable. The washed out game against Sri Lanka could have gone either way considering the mercurial complexion of both the teams.
Babar Azam has been the most significant contributor for Pakistan but the middle order hasn’t functioned as anticipated. Against the Windies, the middle order(Number 4-7) could muster only 33 runs and the result was there for everybody to see. The games the unit won, the middle order contributed over a hundred runs. The best being against England, where they garnered 161 runs.
|Pakistan’s Middle Order(4-7)|
The equation is pretty simple but the execution, an Everest to scale. It’s ain’t over until it’s actually over but for Pakistan, the pursuit to the top 4 is assuredly OVER.
FROM MINNOWS TO STERN CHALLENGERS
Bangladesh is without a shadow of a doubt the most improved team over the last decade. From being an excitable unit in the 2007 World Cup to becoming one of brightest teams in the 2019 World Cup, the journey has been one to remember. The core of the team has been as solid as a rock & the new bees have come in & made a mark. Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Mashrafe Mortaza, Mushfiqur Rahim & Mahmudullah have all done a stellar job to keep the unit together.
2019 has been Shakib’s World Cup. The world’s best all-rounder has been in scintillating form over the last month & is a frontrunner for the player of the tournament. But, the southpaw did express his disappointment of not making it to the top 4. The game against New Zealand was one fixture they’d have wanted to go their way. They did seem to get close to the Indian target but were defeated by India’s dexterity. Nonetheless, the stage is set for a cracking game & all eyes will be on the world’s finest cricketer. How much will Shakib add on to his runs tally? Also, as far as Bangladesh losing by a margin over 300 is concerned, well, that’s improbable.
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When: 5th July 2019, Friday
Where: Lord’s, London
Kick-Off Time: 3:00 PM, IST
The overall head-to-head record between the two countries is 31-5 in favour of Pakistan. Bangladesh has come on top in all the four ODIs played between the two sides since the 2015 World Cup. Pakistan’s win/loss ration after the 2015 World Cup in England is 0.75. They’ve lost 12 & won only 9 in 22 games in the English conditions.
In World Cups, Pakistan and Bangladesh have met only once, with Bangladesh beating Pakistan by 62 runs in the famous game in the1999 World Cup.
|Bangladesh||won||79 runs||Mirpur||17 Apr 2015|
|Bangladesh||won||7 wickets||Mirpur||19 Apr 2015|
|Bangladesh||won||8 wickets||Mirpur||22 Apr 2015|
|Bangladesh||won||37 runs||Abu Dhabi||26 Sep 2018|
In all the games at this venue so far, the team defending has gone on to win the match. The average score in the second innings has been as low as 212 indicating that the pitch here slows & holds on in the later stages. The team batting first scored at an average run-rate of 5.8 and have won 6 out of 8 games since the 2015 World Cup. The average run rate in these eight games has been just 5.0 in the second innings.
Both teams are expected to remain unchanged for this fixture.
EXPECTED PLAYING XI
Imam Ul Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfaraz Ahmed(c/wk), Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Mohammad Amir, Wahan Riaz
Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim(wk), Liton Das, Sabbir Rahman, Mossadek Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mashrafe Mortaza(c), Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman.
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