Man of the Match: Shaheen Afridi
A match for pride in a dead rubber at Lords
Our Prediction is Pakistan to win!
The 43rd game of ICC Cricket World Cup will see Pakistan lock horns against Bangladesh at Lords Cricket Ground in London on Friday. Bangladesh is eliminated from the competition after suffering defeat at the hands of India. Mashrafe Mortaza and co. will be looking to end their World Cup on a positive note.
With nine points in eight matches, Pakistan will be hoping to put in a clinical performance with the bat and ball against Bangladesh. Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed will be hoping that the side can learn from their mistakes made against Afghanistan and bring their A-game to the table in this match.
Pakistan will be confident to register a comprehensive win while Bangladesh will certainly try to spoil their party at Lords.
Pakistan managed to register a three-wicket win against Afghanistan in a thriller played at Headingley in Leeds.
Pakistan will rue the fact that they should have done a better job in the previous game played against Afghanistan. Chasing 227 runs, the side lost wickets in clusters to see the side placed in a precarious position at 156 for 6 after 39 overs. All-rounder Imad Wasim produced a match-winning performance with the bat and scored unbeaten 49 off 54 balls to steer Pakistan to victory.
He was well supported by the likes of Shadab Khan and Wahab Riaz to see Pakistan keep their World Cup hopes alive.
Babar Azam will certainly hold the key for Pakistan in the batting department. The right-hander will be keen to produce good innings in this game and help Pakistan earn a consolation win in this final game. He is currently the leading run-scorer for Pakistan so far in this World Cup with 378 runs in 7 matches at an average of 63.00. Pakistan has looked heavily reliant on Babar Azam to do the bulk of the scoring.
Opener Fakhar Zaman has struggled to produce runs in this World Cup and managed to score only 173 runs in 7 matches at an average of 24.71. Zaman will be keen to put in a spectacular performance with the bat in this game.
Mohammad Hafeez and Haris Sohail are capable players in the middle orders who win to produce good scores for the side. Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Amir will need to produce better returns with bat and ball. Amir has been the leading run-scorer for Pakistan in this World Cup with 16 wickets to his name. Shaheen Shah Afridi has produced impressive with the ball in the back-to-back games played in the World Cup.
Sarfaraz Ahmed (captain &wk), Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Hafeez, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Shaheen Shah Afridi
Mohammad Hafeez, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Amir, SI Wasim, Babar Azam, F Zaman, Haris Sohail, Wahab Riaz, Shadab Khan, Sarfraz Ahmed, Imam-ul-Haq
Bangladesh suffered a close defeat at the hands of India in their previous game played at Edgbaston. Chasing 315 runs to win, Bangladesh produced a valiant effort with the bat and scored 286 runs all out.
Tamim Iqbal will need to raise his game against Pakistan if Bangladesh wants to end their World Cup campaign with a consolation win. Left-hander has endured a disappointing campaign with the bat and scored 227 runs in 7 matches at an average of 32.43.
All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan scored runs in the last game against India. Shakib has been a consistent performer for the side in the batting lineup and has chipped in with crucial scores in the games played so far in this World Cup. He has produced excellent numbers with the bat and scored 542 runs in 7 matches at an average of 90.33. Bangladesh will be hoping that Shakib can continue his good form with the bat against Pakistan.
Mushfiqur Rahim failed to capitalize on his good start and India and was dismissed for 24 runs. Wicket-keeper batsman has been a consistent run-scorer for the side in the World Cup with 351 runs in 7 matches at an average of 58.50.
Sabbir Rahman and Mohammad Saifuddin produced crucial scores for Bangladesh to see the game take down to the wire. Saifuddin played well and scored 51 off 38 balls with the help of nine boundaries.
In the bowling department, left-arm quick Mustafizur Rahman has topped the bowling charts for Bangladesh in this World Cup. He has claimed 15 wickets in 7 games played in the competition. He bowled exceedingly well in the previous game and picked up 5 for 59 from his full quota of overs. Left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan and pace bowler Rubel Hossain also bowled and one wicket apiece.
Mashrafe Mortaza (captain), Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mahmudullah, Mustafizur Rahman, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan Miraz/Rubel Hossain, Liton Das
|S Al Hasan||66||74||6||0||89.19|
|S Al Hasan||10.0||0||41||1||4.1|
|S Al Hasan||10.0||0||41||1||4.1|
Mehidy Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza, Mahmudullah, Soumya Sarkar, Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Mosaddek Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mushfiqur Rahim, Tamim Iqbal
The wicket prepared for this game will provide an even contest with bat and ball. The quick bowlers might get some help with the new ball on this pitch. The weather forecast for the game to be played on Friday is bright and sunny.
Lords Cricket Ground in London is going to host its fourth World Cup between Pakistan and Bangladesh. Pakistan will take heart from the fact they have won their previous game at this venue. Bangladesh managed to pull off upset over Pakistan in the 1999 Cricket World Cup round-robin game.
The side that wins the toss would be looking to bat first and put runs on the board. The surface might considerably become difficult for batting in the second half of the game.
Based on current form, Pakistan will be favorites to their game against Bangladesh. The likes of Babar Azam, Shaheen Shah Afridi, and Haris Sohail have shown excellent form in the last couple of games for Pakistan. The green shirts have a superior bowling attack in comparison to Bangladesh.
Expect Pakistan to register a comfortable win over Bangladesh!