We have reached the Super 4 stage of the Asia Cup and in the first fixture, Pakistan will be hosting Bangladesh at the Gaddafi Stadium on Wednesday. Both teams have met 37 times in the ODI format but Pakistan holds an upper hand with 32 ODI wins.
Pakistan is making headlines with their brilliance in the ODI format in the Asia Cup. They have finished the group stage by being the table-toppers of group A.
Bangladesh finished their group stage in the 2nd position with a single win and a net run rate of +0.373. The top bookmakers in India have Asia Cup odds with them.
Men in Green are proving themselves worthy of the top rank in the ICC rankings. They scored a dominating win over Nepal in the first fixture of the Asia Cup and manhandled the Indian batting lineup with their excellence in bowling.
The fixture between the two ended up with no result but at one point, Pakistan were the favourites to win the match. Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, and Naseem Shah will be in the spotlight again as the trio is the key to success for the team.
Pakistan won’t be making any changes to their winning combination for the Super 4.
Predicted Lineup: Iftikhar Ahmed, Agha Salman, Naseem Shah, Mohammad Nawaz, Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Imam-ul-Haq, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Rizwan
The campaign for Bangladesh of Asia Cup 2023 started with a loss against Sri Lanka but the team scored a win in their second fixture against Afghanistan. Batting first, Mehidy Hasan (112 off 119) gave a good start to the team and in the middle order, Najmul Hasan Shanto (104 off 105) played a crucial role in taking the team’s score beyond 300.
On the bowling front, Taskin Ahmed picked up 4 wickets in 8.3 overs at an economy of 4.18 and Shoriful Islam picked up 3 wickets in 9 overs at an economy of 4.
Mehidy Hasan, Najmul Hasan Shanto, and Taskin Ahmed are the key players for Bangladesh.
Predicted Lineup: Mehidy Hasan, Hasan Mahmud, Shoriful Islam, Afif Hossain, Shamim Hossain, Shakib Al Hasan, Mohammad Naim Sheikh, Taskin Ahmed, Mushfiqur Rahim, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Towhid Hridoy
Bangladesh are coming to play the Super 4 after a win but they are still struggling with inconsistency. Gaddafi Stadium pitch is known to support the pace attack and the batting unit.
Considering this, Pakistan has a big edge over Bangladesh and we predict a win for Pakistan on Wednesday.