Comment Bubble Icon A. It will be hot and sticky since there'll have been no rain to cool things down after temperatures climb into the mids during the day. Overview Because there are no play-off places to secure a spot in the final of the Asia Cup, consistency in the matches leading up to the final is important. Neither side has been overly convincing so far. While Bangladesh do have the advantage of having played more fixtures, Twenty20 can be such a lottery that it might not even matter.
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Preview: A little over two decades back, Bangladesh created one of the biggest upsets in World Cup in Northampton when they stunned a star-studded Pakistan side by 62 runs. In spite of that shock defeat, Pakistan managed to reach the final in the edition but Bangladesh, then yet to become a Test nation, walked away from the tournament with their heads held high.
It will be first taste of cricketing action for Bangladesh in England before the showpiece event and they are coming off a high after a tri-series win over West Indies and Ireland.
There is not much separating the two sides when it comes to ODI ranking — Pakistan are 6th while Bangladesh are 7th currently. It is Pakistan though who are under pressure coming into this encounter. If it was their bowling which faltered against the Englishman, it was their batsmen who struggled against the effective Afghanistan spinners on the slowish Cardiff track.
Barring Babar Azam, most of the Pakistan batsmen struggled while their bowlers struggled to create any major impact on the Afghan batsmen. Experienced Wahab Riaz, returning to the Pakistan side, was the only one to create any impact with the ball.
Bangladesh will look to test out their pace bowling resources led by skipper Mashrafe Mortaza, the versatile Mustafizur Rahman and young Abu Jayed gave good account of themselves.
They also lost the first warm-up game against Afghanistan but that was not an official List A match. The bowling has failed to click recently which has forced them to go to back to the likes of Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz.
Bangladesh They have usually relied on their spinners to do the trick for them in sub-continent conditions but this time around they need their pace bowlers to fire consistently. Paceman Rubel Hossain commented recently that will be a challenge for Bangladesh fast bowlers to pick wickets and restrict batsmen.
The warm-up game will provide them opportunity to get their bowling plans sorted.
Azam has been in fine form with scores of and 80 against England in the ODI before his century against Afghanistan on Friday. He had three half-centuries in three innings in Ireland coming off the back of a double-century for his domestic side in a List-A game back in Bangladesh.
Sarkar has maintained a strike-rate of over and will be one of the major impact players for Bangladesh in this World Cup.