About the Match
Bangladesh will face Pakistan in its opening game of the World T20 tournament on 16th March at Kolkata; the last time the two nations played against each other, Bangladesh had emerged victorious in a superb performance in the Asia Cup to make it to the finals. This time around, the conditions are different here and both teams will try to make the best of their resources to start their respective campaigns on a winning note. Bangladesh has done very well to qualify for the main event and make it to the Super 10; it needs to be seen if they can repeat their match-winning performance here on Wednesday.
Bangladesh fought hard in a must-win game against Oman to make it to the main event of the World T20 series; they won the match by 54 runs through the D/L method after successfully defending the target of 120 in 12 overs. The batsmen were led by Tamim Iqbal’s scintillating 103 off just 63 balls to take the total to a humungous 180 runs; the rain-curtailed second innings had the bowlers defend against Oman in a superb way to win the match.
All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan took 4-15 in 3 overs to demolish the opposition while speedsters Taskin Ahmed, Al-Amin Hossain and Mashrafe Mortaza took a wicket each to stifle the Oman chase. Sabbir Rahman and Abu Hider bring variety to the attack and they have a good mix of spin and pace to outwit Pakistanis here.
Batsmen like Tamim Iqbal, Sabbir Rahman and Soumay Sarkar can bring the runs to the table while Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah and Mushfiqur Rahim can help the scoreboard ticking. Overall, they have the necessary firepower in bowling and batting to tackle the opposition’s strategies; they must stay focused on the end goals and give their best one game at a time to make it to the top.
Their recent performance in the Asia Cup might have been a bit disappointing but they surely have exhibited signs of brilliance in all departments of the game; the batting line-up consists of experienced players like Shahid Afridi, Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik. Top performers include Sharjeel Khan, who came out all guns blazing in the domestic league held sometime back, and players like Umar Akmal and Sarfraz Ahmed, who have proved themselves many times.
The bowling squad has a good mix of experience and young talent; the pace attack will see Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Irfan and Mohammad Amir in action while Mohammad Sami and Anwar Ali will support with their fast-bowling skills. Spinners like Imad Wasim, Mohammad Nawaz, Afridi and Sharjeel Khan can outwit the opponents with their versatility while part-timers like Hafeez, Shehzad and Malik bring depth to the attack.
Overall, they are a motivated lot and will try to do much better than they did in the Asia Cup series; if the batting line-up can build a strong foundation whether batting first or during chase, the bowlers can then definitely steer the team towards better fortunes here.
Bangladesh has the psychological advantage of having defeated Pakistan recently in this format of the game; however, Pakistan has prepared well to come back stronger here. The contest will see tensions running high, with fans from both sides cheering their team to win; but we feel that Pakistan will put up a stiff challenge on Wednesday to emerge victorious