About the Match
It’s almost curtain downs for Bangladesh’s World T20 campaign this time around; with their defeat against India by 8 wickets, the hosts continue to stay at the bottom of the points table. Pakistan on the other hand has 2 points from their victory against Australia and will need to win this match to stay afloat as they face stiff competition from West Indies. Bangladesh fans were desperate to see their team make a comeback but with a string of poor performances from them, the home crowd will be happy if their team can at least put up a good fight on Saturday.
The batsmen crumbled under pressure yet again; with the efforts from Anamul Haque, who posted 44 runs off 43 deliveries and Mahmudullah’s unbeaten 33 runs, the team got to 138 runs against India. The total was too small to defend against the men in blue and even the 2 wickets, taken one each by Mashrafe and Al-Amin, could hardly make a dent on the opponents. Bangladesh’s loss was India’s gain as they sailed through to the semi-finals; this has been a tough time for the hosts and any number of different permutations and combinations in the team composition doesn’t seem to be working for them. The players will be eager for redemption here and the only way they can get it is by standing strong against the Pakistani bowlers. The batsmen need to be mentally tough and start scoring big from the start; else the bowlers will continue to fail defending low totals. Will the team rise above its internal problems and display its strengths to the world audience or will they just accept defeat and slip away in the shadows; only time will tell if Bangladesh can win this contest to have something to cheer about.
After a horrific defeat at the hands of arch rivals India, Pakistan recovered its hold by winning the match against Australia by 16 runs. Umar Akmal’s brilliance took him to 94 off 54 deliveries and with Shahid Afridi’s efforts in the end, steered the total to 191 runs. Zulfiqar Babar provided the early breakthroughs by dismissing Warner and Watson in the very first over but after that the Pakistani bowling wasn’t efficient enough to contain the Aussie chase. However, Afridi, Bhatti and Umar Gul took 2 wickets each to start the downfall of the opponents and with Finch getting out on Ajmal’s delivery, Pakistan found back it rhythm to win the match by 16 runs. They had saved the day and the 2 points earned were well-deserved; however, if they want to keep their hopes alive they need to win all their remaining matches here. Though they have a good record against Bangladesh, the players must not be complacent and should tread cautiously on Saturday.
Bangladesh might be eager to start winning matches but their current form shows lack of confidence and willpower to do better; Pakistan will be hungry to stay alive and they have better resources and skills on their side. While the match will see many ups and downs, Pakistan looks better equipped to emerge victorious.
Pakistan, 1.25 @ Bet365