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Pakistan vs Bangladesh: Men in Green to bounce back against Tigers

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Pakistan vs Bangladesh Preview & Betting Tips

In the final Super Four match of the 2018 Asia Cup, Pakistan will clash with Bangladesh at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. Both sides have been inconsistent in the tournament, but Pakistan are likely to step up in this winner-takes-all contest.

Pakistan

Pakistan have won against Hong Kong and Afghanistan so far, while losing twice against India. The Men in Green have been very poor in their last match that they lost by nine wickets to India.
The poor returns of opener Fakhar Zaman, who has just 55 runs at an average of 13.75 are hurting Pakistan. The experienced middle-order batsman Shoaib Malik has shored up things with 181 runs at SR of 85.78. Leg-break bowler Shadab Khan and fast bowler Hasan Ali took three wickets each in the tournament, but otherwise the bowling has been lacklustre.
Pakistan have struggled against India, but have found a way to win against the other sides in this tournament. With a place in the final on the line, the Men in Green are likely to up their game.

Bangladesh

The Tigers have won comprehensively against Sri Lanka, but crushing losses to Afghanistan and India showcased their fragilities. They, however, have managed to keep the flickering hopes alive with a tight three run win over Afghanistan in the last Super Four match.
With opener Tamim Iqbal missing out due to injury, Bangladesh have struggled for runs from their top-order batsmen. Middle-order bat Mahmudullah has 127 runs, which have come at crucial times for the side in Super Four matches.
Bowling hasn’t really kicked off for the Tigers, as all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan leads the charts with seven wickets. Mustafizur Rahman has four wickets, but has shown glimpses of his skills in the tight win over Afghanistan.

Head-to-Head

Pakistan have played 35 ODIs against Bangladesh winning 31 and losing just four. In Asia Cup, they have won all 12 ODIs played against Bangladesh.
The last time these sides met was in a three match ODI series in Bangladesh when Pakistan were blanked 3-0. The Tigers rode on Soumya Sarkar’s 127* off 110 balls to chase down 250 losing just two wickets in their last H2H match.

Match Up

Fakhar Zaman is timing the ball well and looks set to recapture form (AFP/Getty Images)

Fakhar Zaman looked to be on his way to a big score during his knock of 31 off 44 balls against India. He could be back to his best in this match, which means runs at the top once again. Imam-ul-Haq has 142 runs this tournament and their partnership is likely to lead the Men in Green.

The Tigers were lucky to scrape through against Afghanistan in a match they looked second-best for most part. With the side still struggling for consistency, a smarting Pakistan could be too hot to handle.

Key Statistics

  • Pakistan have won all 12 ODIs against Bangladesh in the Asia Cup.
  • Pakistan have won 10 of their last 12 ODIs played in UAE.
  • Pakistan have won their last 4 ODIs played at this venue.
  • Bangladesh have lost 35 of their 41 ODIs played in the Asia Cup.

Verdict

Pakistan haven’t performed to their potential, but always remain a dangerous side. Fakhar Zaman showed signs of coming to form and could be crucial to propping the Men in Green to the final.
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