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World Cup 2019, Match43- PAK Vs BAN, Preview: Pakistan’s Out-Of-Reach Battle At Lord’s

“Pakistan will automatically be eliminated in case Bangladesh are batting first.”

The Sarfaraz Ahmed-led Pakistan team have to chase an almost impossible task in their final game of the ICC World Cup 2019 against Bangladesh scheduled to take place at the iconic Home of Cricket, Lord’s, on July 5, Friday. The scenarios for them to qualify are so complicated that it’s beyond cricketing reach, at least such results have not been achieved in cricket between two on-par teams.

One fair chance for Pakistan could be to score the impossible 500 runs as that gives them around 170 runs to play with. If that track is good enough for them to score 500, it will be difficult to restrict Bangladesh as well but that is what the situation demands right now.

Worst of all, if Bangladesh decide to bat first, Pakistan will be eliminated without a ball being bowled as they cannot overhaul New Zealand’s run rate while chasing. On the other hand, Bangladesh will be very proud of what they managed to pull off this tournament.

They nearly got the better of India in the last game, but a defeat confirmed their exit. They will be fighting to finish with another stellar result of beating another former champion side, which should put a smile on a lot of dejected Bangla supporters.

Head to Head Battle

Matches

Pakistan

Bangladesh

Overall (36)

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In World Cup (1)

 

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Pakistan’s likely Playing XI

The Pakistani team management won’t be keen to tinker with their winning combination. Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq need to learn the art of converting starts. Babar Azam is in prime form, having notched 378 runs in seven games at an average of 63. Mohammad Hafeez has done his bit in the middle order. After a couple of impressive half-centuries, Haris Sohail failed in the last game and he’ll be keen to make amends.

Imad Wasim gave a good account of himself, scoring a match-winning 49 last time around. Sarfaraz has a half-century, but hasn’t done anything worth recognition apart from that. In the bowling department, Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz have been exceptional. But in the last few contests, even Shaheen Shah Afridi has given his team breakthroughs. Leg-spinner Shadab Khan has been reasonable.

Probable XI: Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Haris Sohail, Sarfaraz Ahmed (c & wk), Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Shaheen Shah Afridi.

Bangladesh’s likely Playing XI

Bangladesh may bring in Mahmudullah, who missed the last game due to a calf injury, provided he is fit. Sabbir Rahman is likely to make way for Riyad. Rubel Hossain hasn’t been impressive and he may be replaced by Mehidy Hasan, who can be tough to score off on a slow deck. Soumya Sarkar has shown a lot of promise, but he needs to get the big scores. The experienced Tamim Iqbal hasn’t been at his very best either.

Shakib Al Hasan’s numbers speak for themselves and he has been exceptional. Mushfiqur Rahim has shouldered the responsibility in the middle order pretty efficiently. Bangladesh will wish for a bit of consistency from Liton Das. Mohammad Saifuddin, scoring a fifty in the previous game, was a big positive for the team. Mustafizur has been their standout performer. Mashrafe would want to make his last World Cup game memorable.

Probable XI: Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Liton Das, Mosaddek Hossain Saikat, Sabbir Rahman/Mahmudullah Riyad, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Rubel Hossain/Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mustafizur Rahman.

Match Timings- 3:00 pm IST and 10:30 local

Broadcast Details- Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD.

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