With England outplaying New Zealand on Wednesday, Pakistan seems to be out of contention for a semi-final spot and play for pride against fellow Asians, Bangladesh in Match 43 of the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019.
Both teams have managed to win 7 games together although if not for rain, the league table could have accommodated one of the two teams in the top four. While Pakistan was wayward with the ball earlier in the tournament, they have gelled together as a unit off late with Shaheen Shah Afridi starring in the last two games.
The men in green will be eager to end the tournament on a high although Bangladesh cannot be taken lightly with Shakib Al Hasan scoring in excess of 500 runs this tournament. With the iconic Lord’s playing host to this All-Asian clash, here are some of the predictions for the game:
With their semi-final aspirations all but over, Mohammad Hasnain might get a game and he might replace Shaheen Shah Afridi with the rest of the side remains unchanged. Pakistan has a winning momentum, they will bank on the likes of Babar Azam and Mohammad Amir, who have started with bat and ball respectively. The onus will be on Fakhar Zaman and Imam ul Haq, while the spin duo of Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan will be hoping to be at their best.
Probable XI: Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Mohammed Hafeez, Haris Sohail, Sarfaraz Ahmed (C&WK), Imad Wasim, Shadab Kahn, Mohammad Amir, Shaheen Afridi/ Wahab Riaz.
If passed fit for this game, Mahmudullah is expected to come back while Rubel could keep his place given Mosaddek Hossain’s decent form with the ball. With more than ten wickets and 50+ runs to his name, Shakib will be crucial against the Pakistani middle order along with Mustafizur Rahman, who comes into this game on the back of a five-wicket haul against India.
Probable XI: Soumya Sarkar, Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim(WK), Liton Das, Mahmudullah/Sabbir Rahman, Mosaddek Hussain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Rubel Hossain, Mashrafe Mortaza (C) and Mustafizur Rahman.
Fantasy XI Prediction
Mushfiqur Rahim, Tamim Iqbal, Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman (vc), Imad Wasim, Mosaddek Hossain, Shakib Al Hasan (c), Mashrafe Mortaza, Mohammad Saifuddin, Shadab Khan and Wahab Riaz.