It’s a short sharp turnaround for both Bangladesh and Pakistan as they prepare to play their second T20 match in just a couple of days. Pakistan ran out winners of the first match winning by four wickets.
Defeat for Bangladesh made it their 5th consecutive loss whereas for Pakistan victory continued their positive momentum from the T20 World Cup. Pakistan have the opportunity to wrap up the series, if they can earn a victory in this match. They are priced at 1.29 to do so. In order to stop the rot, Bangladesh can be backed at 3.75.
Bangladesh vs Pakistan 1st T20
Team News for Bangladesh
On paper this always looked like being a tough task for Bangladesh who for this series were running with a very much changed side that we have become accustomed too.
Like in the World Cup it was their batting that let them down, with the Tigers only being able to score 127 across their twenty overs. The power play is where Bangladesh struggle and they found themselves three wickets down in the first six overs before then being further reduced to 61/5. Until they can get the power play right, Bangladesh will continue to struggle in matches like this.
Afif Hossain top scored for the Tigers scoring 36 off 24 balls. To the credit of the Bangladeshi bowlers they battled hard with the ball and for the third consecutive match it was bowler Taskin Ahmed who did the most damage with the ball taking two wickets. Ahmed is 4.59 to be his sides top scorer in this contest.
Likely playing 11 of Bangladesh
Nurul-Hasan, Mahmudullah, N.Sheikh, Y.Ali Chowdhury, N.Hossain-Shanto, M.Hasan, A.Hossain, M.Rahman, N.Ahmed, T.Ahmed, S.Islam
Team News for Pakistan
Pakistan took a big step in putting the disappointment of last weeks semi final defeat to Australia behind them with victory over Bangladesh in match 1 of the proposed three T20 contests.
Despite being the overwhelming favourites for both the first match and the series, winning on Bangladeshi soil is no easy feat. Bangladesh have beaten both New Zealand and Australia at home, so they know how to beat the best in conditions they know so well.
When reflecting on this first match, captain Babar Azam would have wanted to reach the 127 that was posted by Bangladesh quicker than his side did, but he will be ultimately thrilled that they got the victory of match 1 under their belts.
Both Babar Azam and Mohammed Rizwan will be looking to bounce back to some of sort of form following them losing their wickets for just 11 and 7 runs each. If these two can rediscover their form the series could well be wrapped up.
Likely playing 11 of Pakistan
M.Rizwan, B.Azam, F.Zaman, S.Malik, A.Ali, I.Wasim, S.Khan, S.Afridi, H.Ali, H.Rauf, M.Wasim
Pitch and Weather Conditions
This match will be held in Dhaka, which will host all three games in this T20 series.
The venue was opened in 2006, and Bangladesh play a lot of their cricket here. In total, there have been 55 T20 games hosted at the venue, with the side which bats first winning 28 times and the side batting second winning on 27 occasions.
The venue favours spin bowling, which should play to both teams' strengths, look for the conditions to become harder as the game wears on with the team batting second, facing trickier and slower conditions.
Betting Predictions for Bangladesh vs Pakistan
Let's take a look at a few important betting predictions for Bangladesh vs Pakistan:
Match Result Prediction
Experience ultimately told as Pakistan did just about enough to win against Bangladesh in match one of the three match T20 series.
Pakistan will be looking to wrap up the series as early as they possibly can. In odds to pull off the upset Bangladesh will need to bat better than they currently have in any of their last five matches. The Bangladeshi batsman look all at sea during the first power play phase of the game, they look torn between trying to bat sensibly and preserve wickets for the back end of their innings or to go aggressive and score as many as they can during those first six crucial overs.
They are doing neither particularly well at the moment and Pakistan will be eying up some early wickets. If these inroads can be made, then the smart money has to be on Pakistan winning their second straight contest and with it the series.
Match Winner: Pakistan (1.29)
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Either team to win the toss can be backed at 1.91. On a pitch that could be very hard to bat on, the side that wins the toss will want to field to try and limit the total of the team that bats first. Any score over 150 should be very hard to chase.
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Top Batsman for Bangladesh
The pressure is well and truly on for Bangladesh as they need a win to halt this poor run of form they currently find themselves in.
In matches like this, Bangladesh will need their experienced players to come to the fore and in particularly captain Mohammed Mahmudullah.
Mahmudullah’s recent poor form continued with the captain only scoring 6 runs off 11 balls but his nation needs him now, and Mahmudullah has proved in the past that he can step up to the plate. We are banking on a captain’s knock here and at odds of 5.50 that could be a great play.
Top Batsman for Pakistan: Mohammad Mahmudullah (5.50)
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