BAN vs PAK 1st T20I Match Prediction - Who will win today's first T20I?

Bangladesh vs Pakistan 1st T20I Match Prediction – Who will win today’s match between BAN vs PAK?

Babar Azam and Co. will enter this series as a favorite considering their good run in the T20 World Cup 2021.

Shoaib Malik
Shoaib Malik. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Preview

Bangladesh and Pakistan will lock horns with each other in the first T20I on Friday, November 19 in Dhaka. Babar Azam and company will enter this series as a favorite considering their good run in the T20 World Cup 2021. Both the sides last faced each other in the year 2020 in a three-match T20I series in Lahore.

The Men in Green had won the series 2-0 after the final match was abandoned due to rain. Bangladesh, on the other hand, had a dismaying outing in the World Cup. The team has made quite a few changes to their squad wherein they have included youngsters into the team.

Shakib Al Hasan and Mohammad Saifuddin will miss the series owing to injury concerns whereas Mushfiqur Rahim has been rested. Heading into this match, both the teams will aim to secure an early lead in the series.

Match Details:

Match – Bangladesh vs Pakistan, 1st T20I

Venue – Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka

Time – 1:30 PM IST

Where to watch live – Fancode

Pitch Report 

The surface is expected to have a lot in store for the spinners and they may have an edge on this surface. The batters might need to stay firm on the pitch and then capitalize on their innings.

Probable Playing XIs

Bangladesh

Mohammad Naim, Saif Hassan, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Yasir Ali, Mahmudullah (c), Afif Hossain, Nurul Hasan (wk), Mahedi Hasan, Nasum Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed

Pakistan  

Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Shoaib Malik, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf

Head-to-head

Overall

Matches- 12, Pakistan- 10, Bangladesh- 2, Tied- 0

Probable best batter of the match

Babar Azam (Pakistan)

The Pakistan skipper has been one of the most pivotal cogs of Pakistan’s wheel. He has looked in a splendid form lately. The batter finished as the top run-getter of the T20 World Cup 2021. Babar Azam scored 303 runs from six matches at an average of 60.60. His contributions to the top order will be crucial for Pakistan.

Probable best bowler of the match

Shadab Khan (Pakistan)

The spinner looked in fine touch in the recently concluded T20 World Cup. The spinner scalped nine wickets from six matches at a healthy economy rate. As the pitch of the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium is expected to be inclined towards the spinners, he can chip in with important breakthroughs for the side. Besides, he has a plethora of experience under his sleeves that further presents itself as a big positive for Pakistan.

Today’s match prediction: Pakistan is expected to win this match.

Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned, and make your own decision.