PAK vs BAN Match Prediction & Analysis
In the opening Super Four match of the Asia Cup 2023, Bangladesh will meet the home nation Pakistan. In the league stage, Pakistan has been the best team. They have won both of their games and were unfortunate to split the spoils with India in the most recent rain-affected match. Bangladesh will be confident going into this game after their impressive victory against Afghanistan.
The fact that Bangladesh has never defeated Pakistan on Pakistani soil causes the team great concern. To win this game, they must overcome the inconsistent performance of their batting order. Pakistan is in excellent form, and they will have the support of the audience during this match. It will be intriguing to watch if Bangladesh can win their first ever match against Pakistan in Pakistan and flip of the tables.
The team of Babar Azam has won both of its league games with easy efficiency. They shared the points with their bitter rivals after play was suspended due to rain after they easily overcame Nepal and battled hard against India. Since they are playing at home and have a strong record against Bangladesh, Azam wants his team to put up a strong performance.
The only game Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq participated in ended in a loss, so the duo will try to get off to a strong start partnership. Because of the middle order’s success, the team anticipates runs from Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, and Agha Salman. With the addition of Shadab Khan and Shaheen Afridi to the batting order, Iftikhar Ahmed played brilliantly against Nepal.
Shaheen Afridi and Naseem Shah are in excellent form, and they have a potent pace attack bowling. The pair will try to use the new ball to make early strides. Given their success in the competition, Shadab Khan and Haris Rauf will try to control the middle-over scoring pace. A powerful attack for the side is completed by Mohammad Nawaz and Salman.
Pakistan’s Predicted XI:
Agha Salman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf, Babar Azam (captain), Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), and Fakhar Zaman
The team of Shakib al Hasan played well against Afghanistan to win the match by 89 runs. It came after the team’s devastating loss to Sri Lanka to open the competition. The challenge of competing against the hosts will be difficult for the team. Shakib wants his team to give a passionate performance.
Along with Mohammad Naim, Litton Das will make his comeback to the lineup and try to give this game a strong start. With Towhid Hridoy and Najmul Hossain Shanto in the middle order, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, who was outstanding in the last game, will try to add runs. In the lower middle order, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib, and Afif Hossain provide this batting lineup stability.
The bowling attack has a challenging challenge in this game, so Taskin Ahmed and Shoriful Islam will need to get off to a strong start with the new ball. With their extensive expertise, Mustafizur Rahman and Shakib will try to exert pressure on the Pakistanis. Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Afif Hossain would also aim to put up a strong performance for the side.
Bangladesh’s Predicted XI:
Afif Hossain, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Shakib Al Hasan (c), Mohammad Naim, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Towhid Hridoy, Litton Das, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk)
PITCH AND WEATHER CONDITIONS
Over Lahore, the skies would be clear. Like in prior games, the pitch will be favorable for batting. The batsmen will be able to perform their strokes freely since the ball will land well on the bat. On this surface, the team batting first will aim to score 300 runs or more.
A fantastic place for hitters to hit through the line is Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. At this location, high-scoring games have become commonplace. On this surface, fast bowlers have little to be delighted about and must rely on their abilities to succeed. Because of the ball’s bounce and surface grip, spinners perform well here.
Toss: To Bat
Since the ball won’t move much on this dry surface in the afternoon, the wicket would be a favorable one to bat on. As the game went on, batting would get more challenging because spinners could make excellent use of the pitch’s dropping pace. The team that flips will choose to bat first.
Pakistan will Win this Match
Although Bangladesh has a potent bowling lineup, their batters have had recent consistency issues. To defeat the self-assured Pakistani side, the top order must perform well. The home team is in excellent form and has been dominating ODIs. They will defeat the Bangladeshis in this match with to their potent bowling attack.