Pakistan and Bangladesh will face each other in a must-win encounter to be played at Kolkata on 31st October 2023. Both teams are coming off losses against their respective opponents and need to win to stay in contention to qualify for the top four stage.
Pakistan suffered a 1-wicket loss against South Africa in a thrilling encounter at Chennai. Despite scoring 270 runs, the bowling looked impressive and almost put up a victory. On the other hand, Bangladesh looked out of colour with a shocking 87-run loss against the Netherlands at the same venue.
Details– South Africa vs Pakistan, Match 31, ICC Cricket World Cup 2023
Venue– Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Date and Time– 31st October, 2.00 PM IST
Both teams met each other 38 times with Pakistan winning on 33 occasions while Bangladesh registered victory only 5 times. Bangladesh and Pakistan met in the recently concluded Asia Cup match at Lahore where Pakistan registered a comfortable victory.
Bangladesh and Pakistan met each other twice in World Cup history. Bangla Tigers stunned Pakistan in the 1999 World Cup by 94 runs while Pakistan registered a comfortable 62 runs victory in the 2019 edition.
The pitch used for the previous match between Bangladesh and Netherlands at Eden Gardens, Kolkata was tough as the Netherlands made 229 runs thanks to valuable knocks by Scott Edwards, and Logan Van Beek.
In reply, Bangladesh struggled against disciplined Netherlands bowling to be bowled out for 142. The captain that wins the toss would likely bat first and put on a decent total before putting pressure on the opponent with their spinners.
Pakistan (Pak) vs Bangladesh (Bang)- Predicted Playing XI
Imam UL Haq/Fakhar Zaman, Abdullah Shafique, Babar Azam (C), Mohammed Rizwan, Iftikhar Ahmed, Usama Mir, Mohammad Nawaz, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali/Mohammed Wasim Junior.
Tanzid Hasan, Liton Das, Najmul Hasan Shanto, Shakib AL Hasan (C), Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mahedi Hasan, Shoriful Islam, Taskin Ahmed, Musfiztur Rahman.
Fantasy Selection- BNG vs PAK
Team 1– Imam UL Haq, Tanzid Hasan, Babar Azam (C), Shakib AL Hasan (VC), Mohammed Rizwan, Mahmudullah, Mohammad Nawaz, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Taskin Ahmed.
Team 2– Abdullah Shafique, Liton Das, Babar Azam, Najmul Hasan Shanto, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mushfiqur Rahim (VC), Usama Mir, Mahedi Hasan, Haris Rauf, Shoriful Islam, Shaheen (C), Shah Afridi.