ICC World Cup 2019: Warm-up Match 6, Pakistan vs Bangladesh, Match Prediction – Weather Report, Pitch Conditions, Playing XIs and Live Streaming Details
Pakistan hasn't beaten Bangladesh in the ODI format since March 2014.
Published - May 25, 2019 2:26 pm | Updated - May 25, 2019 2:26 pm
Out of 14 ODIs this year, Pakistan has lost 12 of them and it shows the slump the team is currently in. In fact, Sarfaraz Ahmed and Co have lost their last 10 matches. Their World Cup campaign also started on a horrendous note as Afghanistan defeated them by three wickets at the County Ground in Bristol in the first warm-up encounter. Their next game is against Bangladesh at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff.
As far as head-to-head records are concerned, Pakistan has a 31-5 lead. However, they haven’t beaten the Tigers in the 50-overs format ever since March 2014, losing their last four matches. On the contrary, Bangladesh is in red-hot form after winning their maiden multi-nation series, involving the Windies and hosts Ireland. Mashrafe Mortaza’s men oozed confidence in the series and remained unbeaten.
It didn’t rain on Friday in Cardiff despite the prediction of rain. The forecast isn’t any different for tomorrow’s game as well. There are chances of downpour from morning 9 am to the evening at 7 pm. The temperature will be around 17 degrees Celsius. The humidity is speculated to be in the 80s. The clouds will be there throughout the game.
The pitch has been a decent one for the batsmen and it mostly favours the team, batting second. The second warm-up match was played here and South Africa racked up 338 runs against Sri Lanka, who also scored at almost a run-a-ball, though they could only muster 251 runs. A similar kind of a strip can be expected in the upcoming match.
Asif Ali is likely to play the game after attending his daughter’s funeral. Barring Babar, the rest of the batting looked a tad off-colour and will want to gain momentum in the last game. In the bowling department, Shadab, Amir and Afridi looked ridiculously out of form and it’s high time that they pull up their socks. Wahab Riaz, bowling with fire getting some reverse-swing is a massive boost for Pakistan.
Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Asif Ali, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez, Haris Sohail, Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Sarfaraz Ahmed (c & wk), Shaheen Afridi, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Hasnain, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir.
There’s no news on Shakib Al Hasan’s side strain that made him retire hurt in the Ireland match. Soumya Sarkar was excellent in the tri-series and it will be tough to remove him from the openers’ slot. He scored at an average of 64.33 In that scenario, Liton Das’ position in the team comes under the cloud. The bowling unit also stepped up and it will get pretty similar conditions in the next contest as well.
Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman, Mahmudullah, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mosaddek Hossain, Shakib Al Hasan, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Liton Das (wk), Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Mithun, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Abu Jayed Rahi.
Probable Top Performer
Imam-ul-Haq – Pakistan | Soumya Sarkar – Bangladesh
TV – Star Sports
Match Timings – 15:00 IST; 10:30 local
As per current form and recent head-to-head records, Bangladesh is the most likely team to win the match.