Date & Time: Friday, July 05, 15:00 IST
Venue: Lord’s, London, England
Pride at stake for both teams
Pakistan theoretically still has a chance to make it to the semifinals, but it is nowhere near to a realistic one as they need to win by a margin of 317 runs against Bangladesh at the home of cricket. On the other hand, Bangladesh is out of the contest from the top 4 after they were defeated by India. Now, it’s about playing for pride for both the teams to finish at the top in the lower half of the table.
Bangladesh might consider bringing in Mehidy Hasan in place of an extra pacer if conditions suit spinners. Mahmudullah who missed the last game is likely to replace Sabbir Rahman. Pakistan is likely to stick with the winning combination unless they consider giving a chance to benched players.
The surface at the Lord’s has produced sporting games so far in the tournament and it will be the same for Friday’s clash. The surface that was used for South Africa vs Pakistan earlier in the tournament will be used for this contest as well. The forecast is clear for the day with temperatures hovering around 25° C or more throughout the day.
Shakib Al Hasan
There is no need to say that he is a must-have player in Dream11 cricket team for today’s match. He has lit up the tournament with the bat scoring 542 runs at an average of 90 in seven innings. He may not have been at his best with the ball but he is only behind the Fizz amongst the wickets for Bangladesh.
He has been a class apart from other Pakistan batsmen in the tournament. He has been the lifeline of their batting in the tournament where he scored 376 runs from seven innings. Against Bangladesh, he will be eager to finish the tournament on a high as it potentially is the last match for Pakistan.
He may not have been a straightforward choice in the playing XI at the start of the tournament but he proved to be the missing link for Pakistan in the middle order. It was here at the home of cricket where he made a come back with a match-defining knock against South Africa.
The Fizz has certainly flown under the radar in the tournament with the way other pacers underperformed for Bangladesh. But he was amongst the top ten wicket-takers of the tournament with 15 wickets. His impressive spell against India in the previous game will hold him in good stead to finish the tournament on a good note.