Newest replace: Rahim ensures there isn’t any let up of momentum as he pulls Shadab over midwicket for a boundary. He’ll look to bat deep into the innings and get Bangladesh greater than 250 which shall be actually difficult for Pakistan.
Preview: A win and a loss every within the group stage. A giant loss to India, and a slim win in opposition to Afghanistan within the Tremendous Fours. This has been the widespread theme in Bangladesh’s and Pakistan’s journey up to now within the 2018 Asia Cup. Now, they discover themselves going through off in opposition to one another in a digital semifinal, with the winner taking over India for the title on Friday.
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The similarities within the marketing campaign make it troublesome to choose a favorite. They have not performed one another in a very long time too; the final time these two sides met was in March 2016 in the course of the World T20. The final time they met in a One-Day Worldwide was in April 2015. Each side have modified lots since then, for the higher. Bangladesh made it to the knockouts of an ICC occasion for the primary time after they reached the semifinals of the Champions Trophy final 12 months. They even went on to beat Windies within the Caribbean earlier this 12 months. Pakistan, in the meantime, shocked many to win the Champions Trophy. The Asia Cup is one other essential match for each side of their upward journey. But, each have been inconsistent by their marketing campaign. It is time to repair that, for they face a do-or-die state of affairs on the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.
Bangladesh’s largest downside has been their over-reliance on people. With Tamim Iqbal injured within the very first sport, Mushfiqur Rahim has needed to carry the crew on his shoulders. It was solely due to his century that they gained in opposition to Sri Lanka within the group stage. The remaining have been on and off, though a lot of the batsmen have had not less than one first rate rating by the marketing campaign. All of it appeared to return collectively of their earlier match in opposition to Afghanistan, the place Imrul Kayes and Mahmudullah helped them submit a aggressive 249 for 7 after being 87 for five at one stage. Bangladesh although will need extra from Shakib Al Hasan and their openers. Shakib has scores of 0, 32, 17 and Zero in 4 matches whereas the very best rating by an opener has been the 41 by Liton Das within the final match. Soumya Sarkar, who was drafted within the squad for the Tremendous Fours, may maybe exchange Nazmul Hossain Shanto in opposition to Pakistan. Bangladesh may even wish to enhance on their dying bowling. They conceded 97 and 77 runs respectively of the final 10 overs of their matches in opposition to India and Afghanistan respectively, and can’t afford a repeat within the knockout sport.
Pakistan too have had particular person performances however have not introduced out their A sport as a crew. Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam and Shoaib Malik have had scores within the match however have not fired in unison. The great factor for Pakistan is that Fakhar Zaman and Sarfraz Ahmed, who had uninteresting begins, confirmed indicators of type in opposition to India though they could not convert them into large knocks. Pakistan will hope that occurs in opposition to Bangladesh. Pakistan’s bowling was made to look abnormal by India’s openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, with each scoring easy centuries. What has been much more abnormal by the match, has been their fielding. Pakistan have improved leaps and bounds on the sector within the final two years, however the final two weeks have been a throwback to their infamous previous with dropped catches and misfields aplenty. But, they have loads of firepower of their bowling, which could be too good for any opposition on their day. Pakistan will hope Wednesday shall be that day, for in the event that they get it proper, they’re going to have an opportunity to face India for Spherical 3. And who is aware of, perhaps do what they did to their arch-rivals within the Champions Trophy ultimate final 12 months.
Pakistan: Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Shan Masood, Sarfraz Ahmed(c), Shoaib Malik, Haris Sohail, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan, Usman Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Asif Ali, Mohammad Amir.
Bangladesh: Shakib Al Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza(c), Mohammad Mithun, Liton Das, Mushfiqur Rahim, Ariful Haque, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehidy Hasan, Nazmul Islam, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Abu Hider Rony, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Mominul Haque, Soumya Sarkar, Imrul Kayes