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ICC World Cup 2019 | Pakistan Look to End Losing Streak in Warm up Against Bangladesh

Cricketnext Staff |May 26, 2019, 7:26 AM IST
ICC World Cup 2019 | Pakistan Look to End Losing Streak in Warm up Against Bangladesh

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 1999 edition but Bangladesh, then yet to become a Test nation, walked away from the tournament with their heads held high.

The two sides will face off once again, this time in Cardiff in a ICC World Cup warm-up match on Sunday. 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.

Sarfaraz Ahmed’s team were hammered 4-0 by England in the recent ODI series while Afghanistan stunned them by three wickets in the warm-up game on Friday. 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 top-order featuring Soumya Sarkar, Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim are all in top form with the experience of Shakib al Hasan, world’s No. 1 all-rounder in the middle-order. 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.

Last five ODIs



Lost the ODI series against England 4-0 with the first ODI getting washed out. They also lost the first warm-up game against Afghanistan but that was not an official List A match.



They are coming off a dominant display to win the tri-series in Ireland with wins over both hosts and West Indies

Issues to fine tune


They need to get their batsmen to hit top gear as soon as possible. The bowling has failed to click recently which has forced them to go to back to the likes of Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz. Batsmen like Fakhar Zaman, Imam ul haq and Shoaib Malik need to back up Azam’s efforts consistently to post big enough totals for their bowlers to defend.


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.

In-form players:


Babar Azam: The classy young batsman averages 51.67 in ODIs with 9 centuries in 64 ODIs till date. Azam has been in fine form with scores of 115 and 80 against England in the ODI before his century against Afghanistan on Friday. One of Pakistan’s most reliable performers over the last couple of years, Azam will need to carry his fine form throughout the World Cup for Pakistan to move up.


Soumya Sarkar: Since his return to the Bangladesh line-up, the opener has been phenomenal in taking charge. 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 100 and will be one of the major impact players for Bangladesh in this World Cup.


Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed (c), Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Haris Sohail, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Hasnain.

Bangladesh: Mashrafe Mortaza (C), Shakib Al Hasan, Liton Das, Mehedi Hasan, Mosaddek Hossain, Rubel Hossain, Tamim Iqbal, Abu Jayed, Mahmudullah, Mohammad Mithun, Mushfiqur Rahim (Wk), Mustafizur Rahman, Sabbir Rahman, Mohammad Saifuddin and Soumya Sarkar​

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