Pakistan to face Bangladesh Barrier in their must-win encounter

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Pakistan vs Bangladesh Match Preview –The Asian giant Pakistan takes on the Asian Tigers Bangladesh on 5th July 2019 at Lords, London. 

Pakistan vs Bangladesh Match Preview

Pakistan vs Bangladesh Match Preview – Team Pakistan Preview 

The men in green are still in the contention of the semis berth, but, for that they need to do the impossible which might not happen for them. Pakistan needs to win by the record margin of runs against Bangladesh to enter into the semi-finals of the cricket world cup 2019. Only miracle can save the neighbours. First of all, Pakistan needs to score 350 runs batting first. This looks highly impossible because their batting is very inconsistent. The openers are not in a good nick and the middle order is also struggling for runs.  

Only Babar Azam and Haris Sohail showed some good form against New Zealand and South Africa. But, they were dismissed quickly by the Afghans spinners. The form of Mohd Hafeez and skipper Sarfaraz Khan is again a concern for Pakistan. The batsmen need to step up in this game for them. Farkhar and Imam need to give the start which Pakistani fans want from them. The lower order too can bat, Imad Wasim showered that in the game against Afghanistan. He was the one who took Pakistan home in that thrilling match. 

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Wahab Raiz can be handy with the bat. His little cameo against Australia almost won the game for Pakistan. Even though Bangladesh’s bowling hasn’t been good but they have players who can change the game with the ball. Mustafizur Rahman and Saifuddin are the ones who can get Bangladesh the breakthroughs. And they should not dare to forget the part-time spin of Soumya Sarkar. He has been terrific with the ball in hand. If Pakistani openers get to a good start, then Mortoza has a weapon named Soumya Sarkar. He can provide the breakthroughs when no one does. 

Pakistan vs Bangladesh Match Preview

It is highly impossible for Pakistan to score 350 plus and win the game by the margin of 311 runs. Bangladesh is a team which can put up a fight. The Tigers won’t do down easily. If Pakistan loses the toss and bowls first. Then they are out of the equation, New Zealand will automatically qualify for the semi-final. The bowlers have done a decent job after been beaten by India. Amir, Wahab, Shadab, and Shaheen have made a good comeback. But, against Bangladesh, it won’t be easy. They need to pick up their top 3 soon and then, there is Saifuddin who showed a lot of character against India. His unbeaten 51 run knock kept Bangladesh in them. Unfortunately, he didn’t have any support at the other end. That’s why they lost the game by 28 runs. 

Can Pakistan achieve the impossible at the Home of Cricket? Even if they win this game they will not qualify for semis. So it will be interesting to see the intent shown by the Pakistani players. 

Pakistan vs Bangladesh Match Preview – Probable XI of Pakistan 

Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfaraz Ahmed, WahabRiaz, Mohammad Amir, Babar Azam, Imam-ul-Haq, Asif Ali/Shadab Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Hasan Ali, ShaheenAfridi, HarisSohail.    

Pakistan vs Bangladesh Match Preview – Team Bangladesh Preview 

Bangladesh is officially out of the world cup 2019. Their loss against India has not given any chances of their qualification for the semis. But they have done well in this tournament. Now they will want to end the tournament on high. Their main concern is their batting which hasn’t been consistent in the tournament. The form of their openers hasn’t been too great. Tamim Iqbal has looked good but he hasn’t played an innings which would win the crucial games for Bangladesh. 

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Iqbal should learn from his mate Shakib Al Hasan. The Bangladeshi all-rounder has created the history in this tournament. Shakib has already scored 2 hundreds for Bangladesh in this world cup. He needs to continue his good form against Pakistan and end this tournament on a high. Mushifiqur Rahim has not been up to the mark till now. He has not won any matches for Bangladesh. He played a good inning against Australia but it was too much to ask from him. 

Pakistan vs Bangladesh Match Preview

Bangladesh will want Mushi to step up in this last game. Soumya Sarkar has been good with the bowl but not so with the bat. His slump in form has not allowed Bangladesh to get a good start. Due to his batting failure, Bangladesh has been under pressure from ball one. Sarkar needs to show what he is capable of in this last match. Shakib, Mushifiqur, and Tamim hold the key for Bangladesh with the bat. 

The bowling has been decent. But, it needs to be good enough for Bangladesh. Fizz and Saifuddin had a decent performance till now. But the bowling of Mortaza and Rubel Hossain hasn’t been great. Both, Mortoza and Rubel will be easy targets for the Pakistani batsmen. It is better to drop Rubel and play a handy batsman in that middle order which could solve some issues for Bangladesh. 

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Pakistan vs Bangladesh Match Preview – Probable XI of Bangladesh 

Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Liton Das, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan, MashrafeMortaza, Mustafizur Rahman. 

The onus will be on Pakistan to do what they haven’t done till now. Will they do it? Or will Bangladesh win their last game of this tournament? 

Find out the answers on 5th July 2019 at 3 PM IST on Star sports Network and Hotstar.

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