With the defeat of New Zealand against England the chances of Pakistan to reach the top 4 have diminished to zero, as they take on Bangladesh for one last time in this edition of World Cup.
Pakistan has been on a roller coaster ride. Defeated by West Indies in the very first game that demolished their NRR to -1, has never improved since then. Even if they win against Bangladesh, will end up having 11 points the same as that of New Zealand. Both Pakistan and New Zealand, in that case, will have won 5 games each so NRR comes into the picture. Currently, New Zealand has an NRR of (+0.175) and with a match left Pakistan has NRR of (-0.792). If Pakistan wants to make its NRR (+0.176) after the clash, they will have to bat first compulsorily, post a total of 350 or more and win the match by 311 or more runs. Pakistan, if made or decides to field first, are eliminated even before the first delivery is bowled. Seems quite easy, doesn’t it?
Key Players: Babar Azam, Amir.
Bangladesh with a defeat against India was knocked out of the tournament. Yet they have set some benchmarks for the next Bangladeshi generation players. The level of preparation and execution has gone really high for the side with which they are undoubtedly on a roll and arguably the best Bangladeshi combination representing in this World Cup over the years. One last match in this tournament but a huge sky opens ahead for them to soar high, and from now in a short span they will surely be considered capable to be contenders of this trophy.
Key Players: Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mustafizur Rahman.
Date: Friday, 5th July 2019
Time: 03:00 PM IST, 10:30 pm local.
Venue: The Lord’s, London
The sun will be shining brightly over London. The temperature is set to go as high as 27 Degree Celsius and with no rain expectations.
The pitch will support some lateral movement, but win the toss bat first set a big total and defend it successfully will be the mantra.
Head to Head:
Overall ODIs: 36
Bangladesh 5 – Pakistan 31
World Cup: 1
Pakistan 0 – Bangladesh 1.
Bangladesh: Liton Das, Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Soumya Sarkar, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mashrafe Mortaza (C), Mustafizur Rahman
Pakistan: Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Haris Sohail, Sarfaraz Ahmed (c&wk), Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Shaheen Afridi