Huge image: Groups share difficult relationship
Discuss of rivalries has dominated the Asia Cup. India-Pakistan. Pakistan-Afghanistan. The Naagin derby. Heck, you might even throw within the Rohit derby.
Here is one other scorching rivalry to kick off the Tremendous 4 stage. Pakistan and Bangladesh have endured an extended and sophisticated relationship on and off the sphere, and Wednesday shall be their first ODI assembly for the reason that 2019 World Cup.
They’ve turned a nook since then, definitely in ODIs the place they’ve crushed Pakistan 4 instances of their final 5 conferences, although the final of them was on the 2019 World Cup. Pakistan have dominated the rivalry since then, in Checks and T20Is, however these outcomes can have little bearing on Wednesday’s match for the reason that 50-overs format is the place Bangladesh are at their strongest.
Pakistan WWWWL (final 5 accomplished ODIs, most up-to-date first)
Within the highlight: Fakhar Zaman and Shoriful Islam
Since scoring three tons of on the bounce towards New Zealand in Might, Fakhar Zaman has made 19, 14, 33, 2, 30, 27 and 14 in his final seven ODI innings. If he will get in towards Bangladesh, he’ll strive his hardest to ensure he stays in.
It is early days but, however Shoriful Islam has a terrific file after 19 ODIs, with 30 wickets at a mean of 24.93. The left-arm fast is contemporary off a three-wicket haul towards Afghanistan, and will trigger Pakistan’s high order issues if he can get the brand new ball shifting round.
Staff information: Litton set to switch Shanto
Pakistan performed the identical XI in each their group video games, however begin the Tremendous 4s with one change. They’ve omitted Mohammad Nawaz for the Bangladesh sport, and in comes Faheem Ashraf, the medium-pacer, who was included within the XI on the eve of the fixture. Pakistan’s choice to go away left-arm spinner Nawaz out may very well be due to the numerous left-hand batters within the Bangladesh line-up.
Pakistan: 1 Fakhar Zaman, 2 Imam-ul-Haq, 3 Babar Azam (capt), 4 Mohammad Rizwan (wk), 5 Agha Salman, 6 Iftikhar Ahmed, 7 Shadab Khan, 8 Faheem Ashraf, 9 Shaheen Shah Afridi, 10 Naseem Shah, 11 Haris Rauf.
Litton Das, who has recovered from the sickness that stored him out of the group stage, is predicted to stroll again into the highest order instead of Shanto. It will likely be fascinating to see if he opens, or if Mehidy Hasan Miraz stays there after his century towards Afghanistan.
Bangladesh (possible): 1 Mohammad Naim, 2 Mehidy Hasan Miraz, 3 Litton Das, 4 Shakib Al Hasan (capt), 5 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 6 Towhid Hridoy, 7 Shamim Hossain, 8 Afif Hossain, 9 Taskin Ahmed, 10 Shoriful Islam, 11 Hasan Mahmud.
Pitch and circumstances
Circumstances on the Gaddafi Stadium are typically batting-friendly, with the final 5 ODIs right here producing three 300-plus first-innings totals in addition to Sri Lanka’s 291 towards Afghanistan on Tuesday. The climate is predicted to be sizzling and dry, with temperatures within the mid-30s Celsius.
Stats and trivia
- Bangladesh are but to beat Pakistan in Pakistan in any format. They’ve misplaced every of their conferences in 11 ODIs, 5 Checks and three T20Is.
- Shaheen Shah Afridi (22.39) has the greatest common of all Pakistan bowlers with at the very least 50 ODI wickets forward of Sarfraz Nawaz (23.22), Wasim Akram (23.52) and Waqar Younis (23.84).
- Mohammad Rizwan is one catch wanting 50 as a keeper in ODIs. He has additionally taken 12 catches as a fielder.
Karthik Krishnaswamy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo