The next fixture is between the two very determined and hard working teams of the ICC World Cup 2019, Bangladesh and Pakistan. Just until last week Pakistan was living in an illusion of history thinking it would repeat itself. The timeline of the Pakistani team was the same as it was in 1992 when Pakistan won the World Cup. But their ray of hope was shut when they horrifically lose against India and in the next fixture England defeat India and New Zealand respectively. Even though the Pakistani team pulled off a great come back after losing its initial matches, the team chances to reach in semi-finals is negligible. On the other side is Bangladesh who may have not been able to succeed for the semifinals but they sure have won the hearts of millions.
If even now if Pakistan can get into the semifinals is only by the miracle that is to beat Bangladesh by a margin of over 300. This looks next to impossible as Bangladesh has been impeccably strong and high spirited this season. Also, Pakistan needs to bat first and score 400 runs and then will have to swipe out Bangladesh at 84. But if Bangladesh bat first, then Pakistan will be out from the tournament’s race to semifinals even before the first bowl is bowled at Lord’s on Friday.
Match Details When and Where
On this Friday when Pakistan and Bangladesh will play at Lord’s for the last time in 2019 World Cup, the day would be sunny and there is no weather report of rain either. Even though Lord’s provide a good scenario for a swing for the fast bowlers in the early stage but the teams will even likely to opt for bat-first strategy.
Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Abu Jayed, Liton Das (wk), Mahmudullah, Mehidy Hasan, Mohammad Mithun (wk), Mohammad Saifuddin, Mosaddek Hossain, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Shakib Al Hasan, Soumya Sarkar, Tamim Iqbal
Sarfaraz Ahmed (c, wk), Asif Ali, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Amir, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Imam-ul-Haq, Shadab Khan, Shoaib Malik, Wahab Riaz, Haris Sohail, Imad Wasim, Fakhar Zaman
Bangladesh fantasy picks: Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman, Shakib Al Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman, and Mohammad Saifuddin
Pakistan fantasy picks: Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Amir, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, and Imad Wasim
1. Shakib- Al- Hasan: The most terrific all-rounder of all times in Bangladesh, in seven innings of this World Cup, he has hit two centuries and six fifties.
2. Babar Azam: A player who has been consistent throughout the series and has improved his performance with every forthcoming match.
Captain and Vice-captain Choices: Shakib-Al-Hasan, Babar Azam and S Afridi