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Pakistan vs Bangladesh – A Pre Match Analysis

Pakistan have a monumental task ahead of them if they are to replicate their 1992 victorious World Cup campaign.

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Currently, they lie in fifth position, and need to not only win against Bangladesh, but also to win by a colossal margin.

As for Bangladesh, their World Cup journey is over, and they will be playing this match for more pride rather than anything else, as they look to end their promising campaign on a high.

In this article, we shall analyse the match ups between the two sides.

OPENING PAIR COMPARISON
Pakistan’s opening order has blown hot and dry throughout this tournament. However, the potential of Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq should not be underestimated.

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – JANUARY 27: Fakhar and Imam of Pakistan in partnership during the 4th Momentum One Day International between South Africa and Pakistan at Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on January 27, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

They have been playing with each other for quite some time now, and complement each other well.

The more aggressive Zaman appears far more comfortable and at his best when Imam is playing second fiddle but keeps the scoreboard ticking along.

So far, it has been Imam who has impressed, but Fakhar has had lots of good starts. Unfortunately for Pakistan, he has failed to capitalise on the start and go on to make a big score.

Pakistan will hope that both these two batsmen can give the team a good start to post a big score, being wary of the fact that Bangladesh are a good chasing side.

As for Bangladesh, the story is more or less similar, with Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar struggling to make a mark throughout this World Cup.

Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar

It has come as a bit of a surprise as both Tamim and Sarkar are natural timers of the cricket ball, and on their day, can wreak havoc on any opposition.

One need not go much further back than the trilateral series against West Indies and Ireland where both openers gave Bangladesh a solid platform for the middle order to come in and consolidate on the good start.

Both these players would like to end their tournament on a high, as they look to bow out of the World Cup.

MIDDLE ORDER COMPARSION
Pakistan’s middle order is dependent on Babar Azam getting the runs, while being supported by Mohammad Hafeez, Haris Sohail and Sarfaraz Ahmed.

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The addition of Haris Sohail has been inspired and has added much needed teeth to the middle order. Ever since he came back into the side, replacing the ageing Shoaib Malik, Pakistan’s middle order looks much sharper and more balanced, and eases the pressure on Babar Azam to get the runs.

Babar has been in fine form himself this world cup, and he is no doubt Pakistan’s best batsman.

Azam and Hafeez have played together at the crease for a long duration this world Cup and their experience together will hold them in good stead if Pakistan are to dismantle Bangladesh.

It will not be an easy task, so both these two batsmen will have to play out if their skin.

As for captain Sarfaraz Ahmed, he has been famous in this World cup for his antics rather than his batting. But there is no doubting his ability with the bat.

He may not have the style and elegance of Babar Azam but he certainly has grit and tenacity, which is exactly what Pakistan need today.

They need their captain to be on top of his best game, if they are to topple New Zealand and finish fourth.

For Bangladesh, Shakib Al Hasan is the man of the moment so far. He is now the lynchpin of the Bangladesh team and is scoring runs for fun at the moment, and will only be hungrier to finish his impressive tournament on a high.

Shakib’s middle order partner in crime, Mushfiqur Rahim is another mainstay in the Bangladesh team. Another batsman who steered Bangladesh over the line against West Indies along with Shakib is the elegant Liton Das.

A highly effective batsman lower down the order, he was responsible for inflicting pain on the West Indies in his debut World Cup when he catapulted Bangladesh to a massive 300+ victory in only the 46th over.

He has the knack of both stabilizing the innings when wickets have fallen quickly, while also possessing the ability to score big runs in the dying overs of the innings.

These qualities make him invaluable to the Bangladesh team.

BOWLERS COMPARISON
Pakistan’s addition of Shaheen Shah Afridi has added much needed tooth to the Pakistan team.

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Pakistan’s bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi reacts during the 2019 Cricket World Cup warm up match between Pakistan and Afghanistan at Bristol County Ground in Bristol, southwest England, on May 24, 2019. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP)

The three left arm quicks in Shaheen Afridi, Wahab Riaz and Mohammed Amir are a threat with the new ball, and at the death.

Mohammed Amir has been in scintillating form this tournament, and if Pakistan are to defeat Bangladesh by a huge margin, Pakistan needs Amir to dismantle the Bangladesh team for cheap, along with his fellow pacemen.

In the spin department they have all-rounder Imad Wasim, and leg spinner Shadab Khan. Imad has the knack of being effective with both ball and bat in hand, and he is an effective player lower down the order.

He gets through his overs quickly as well, and bowls a tight line. His main role however will be to strangle the opposition for runs, while Shadab picks up the wickets, the latter being the more aggressive of the two.

Shadab has particularly been impressive the last couple of games, and Pakistan’s bowling attack needs to take a leaf out of the 1992 team’s bowling manual if they are to reach the semi finals.

The bowling department is led by captain Mashrafe Mortaza, who has now played in a remarkable five World Cups.

Although he isn’t as effective as he was back in his youthful days, he nevertheless still possesses a plethora of experience and game intelligence which has been very impressive so far.

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The fast bowling duo of Mustafizur Rehman and Mohammad Saifuddin are the two bowlers who are entrusted with new ball duties.

Mustafizur has been plying his trade around the world playing T20 cricket and has the experience of playing alongside the best players in the world. His experience will therefore be extremely vital, as will Mohammad Saifuddin’s.

The latter is able with both bat and ball in hand and he is the perfect foil for Mistafizur.

Saifuddin mostly tries to economical and stifle batsmen for runs while Mustafizur tries to get capitalize and take wickets off of them.

The duo works in tandem and has been fairly successful in this World Cup.

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