With India already locking up a spot in the final of the Asia cup, it leaves one spot to fight for between Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Pakistan come in to this match in a must win situation after their loss to India, whereas Bangladesh sit at 2nd place after decisive wins against Sri Lanka and the UAE. The biggest factor now is the loss of Mustafizur for Bangladesh due to a side strain. Losing one of their best current bowler’s will be a huge blow against Pakistan on a pitch that’s supposed to be more batsman friendly.
Until now, the Asia Cup matches benefited bowlers more than the batsmen, which made Pakistan’s batsmen struggle. Now, with the injury factor plus a more batsmen friendly pitch, Pakistan look to have an edge over Bangladesh.
Current odds place Pakistan as 8/15 (1.53) favorites and Bangladesh as 6/4 (2.5) underdogs. While the match could go either way, Pakistan should have the batting power to turn this into a high scoring game. Bangladesh do benefit from the return of Tamim Iqbal from a personal leave.
Pakistan will have to come into the game wary of their top order batsman who have failed to produce in their first two games. Bangladesh, on the other hand, will have to worry about Mohammad Amir and his incredible swing bowling. The pitch won’t help him as much, but Bangladesh do need to be careful since had taken key wickets in their match against India.
Either way, this match has the makings of a classic with so much on the line. Look for a high scoring game that comes down to the wire.
There is no rain forecasted for this match.
Bangladesh: 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Soumya Sarkar, 3 Sabbir Rahman, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim, 5 Shakib Al Hasan, 6 Mahmudullah, 7 Nurul Hasan (wk), 8 Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), 9 Al-Amin Hossain, 10 Abu Hider, 11 Taskin Ahmed
Pakistan: 1 Sharjeel Khan, 2 Mohammad Hafeez, 3 Khurram Manzoor, 4 Umar Akmal, 5 Shoaib Malik, 6 Shahid Afridi (capt), 7 Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), 8 Mohammad Sami, 9 Mohammad Amir, 10 Mohammad Nawaz, 11 Mohammad Irfan