BAN VS PAK PREVIEW :
Bangladesh will lock horns with Pakistan in a three T20i match series played at home. The Bangladeshi tigers had a poor T20 World Cup but will look to make things turn around in the series against Pakistan. Bangladesh had some setbacks in their squad as well during the World Cup as their key and one of the experienced players, Shakib Al Hasan was ruled out of the tournament.
Whereas, Pakistan coming after a brilliant World cup with a relatively young side and reaching the semi-finals was a huge achievement. Babar led Pakistan showed resilience, consistency and faith in their players’ performances throughout the T20 World Cup. The Pakistan selectors have shown faith in Shoaib Malik as a key piece in the middle order. Here is a preview between the two sides – BAN vs PAK.
Match Details: BAN vs PAK
Match – Bangladesh vs Pakistan – 1st T20i
Venue – Shere e Bangla International Cricket Stadium, Dhaka
Time – 03:30 PM IST
Where to watch live – Fan code app
BREAKING NEWS :
Mushfiqur Rahim is rested, Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan ruled out of the series due to injuries.
Pitch Report :
The pitch will be fresh as no match is played on it for a long time. However, the bowlers can rule in the game. The most significant factor which will play is spinners during both innings. Due to the pitch conditions favouring spin, the batsmen can land in difficulty. The toss will not matter a lot as the match is a day game but in the second innings, one can expect a little bit of dew.
PROBABLE PLAYING XI’s: BAN VS PAK
BANGLADESH (BAN) :
Mohammad Naim, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mahmudullah (c), Saif Hassan, Akbar Ali (wk), Afif Hossain, Shamim Hossain, Mahedi Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam
PAKISTAN (PAK) :
Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Babar Azam (c), Fakhar Zaman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi, Hasan Ali
STATS THAT MATTER :
60 – Mahmudullah needs 60 runs to become the first Bangladesh player to complete 2000 T20I runs.
57 – Mustafizur Rahman has taken 57 wickets in T20 matches in 2021, the second-most for any bowler. Only Rashid Khan (64) is above him on this list.
4 – Bangladesh have gotten bundled out under 100 for four times in T20Is in 2021, most for a full-member team.
73 – Afif Hossain needs 73 runs to complete 500 runs in T20 cricket.
4 – Taskin Ahmed needs four scalps to complete 100 wickets in international cricket.
2 – Hasan Ali needs two big hits to complete 50 sixes in international cricket.
40 – Shadab Khan is 40 runs shy of completing 1000 runs in international cricket.
15 – Babar Azam has racked up the most fifty-plus scores as captain in T20I cricket, 15.
1743 – Mohammad Rizwan has scored the most T20 runs in 2021, 1743. Babar Azam is second on the list with 1666 runs.
4 – Shoaib Malik needs four boundaries to complete 200 fours in T20Is.
65 – Malik also requires 65 runs to become the third Pakistani and ninth player overall to complete 2,500 T20I runs.