The start of a new week in the World Cup will witness Pakistan facing Bangladesh in the 31st fixture of the tournament at the Eden Gardens on Tuesday. Both teams are going through some tough times and are separated by a two points difference.
Pakistan witnessed a positive start to the World Cup but right now they are at the 6th spot in the point table with two wins and a net run rate of -.400.
Bangladesh is struggling with inconsistency in the performance of their players and currently, they are in the 8th spot with a single win and a net run rate of -1.253. The top bookmakers in India have World Cup odds with them.
Considering the pace department of both teams, the bowlers can swing the ball into the batters, and LBW could be a likely first dismissal.
The betting tip is...
First dismissal of the match to be LBW
Bangladesh has continued to show their struggles on the foreign pitch. After scoring a win against Afghanistan, Bangladesh has witnessed 4 consecutive losses. The primary concern for the team management will be the derailing batting lineup. Tanzid Hasan, Litton Das, and Najmul Hasan Shanto have failed to score runs in the top order.
The finest allrounder in the world, Shakib Al Hasan, has also failed to make an impact in the World Cup. While facing Pakistan, expectations will be high from Mushfiqur Rehman and Mahmudullah.
Another struggle of Bangladesh is the failure of their bowling attack. Shoriful Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, and Hasan Mahmud have failed consecutively to give a breakthrough to the team with the new bowl in the starting overs. Mehidy Hasan will be the key player as his spin attack has been successful for the team.
Litton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, and Mehidy Hasan will be the key players for the team.
Predicted Lineup: Tanzid Hasan, Litton Das, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Shakib Al Hasan(c), Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mushfiqur Rahim(w), Mahmudullah, Nasum Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Shoriful Islam, Hasan Mahmud
Babar Azam and his men looked devastated after their loss against Afghanistan and the team is expected to be low. Before things go out of hand, Pakistan needs to bounce back and make an impact in the tournament.
The top order has looked strong with Imam-ul-Haq and Abdullah Shafique scoring runs and giving a good start to the team. Skipper Babar Azam also showed his class against Afghanistan and will be expected to continue the momentum of scoring runs.
The primary concern for the team will be the inconsistent middle order which has failed to score runs whenever the team is in need. Except for Mohammad Rizwan, none of the middle-order batters have made an impact.
On the bowling front, the pace attack has picked up wickets but they always failed to break the partnerships at the right time. Shaheen Afridi has been consistent in scalping wickets and has picked up a 5-wicket haul against Australia.
Haris Rauf might be replaced with Muhammad Wasim Jr. as the latter has been unsuccessful with the bowl.
Predicted Lineup: Abdullah Shafique, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Saud Shakeel, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Usama Mir, Shaheen Afridi, Hasan Ali, Muhammad Wasim Jr
Both teams have faced each other once in the ODI format this year and Pakistan has scored a comfortable win.
However, Bangladesh has been a failure in the World Cup but Pakistan, on the other hand, has some world-class players who can bounce back from any situation. We predict a win for Pakistan against Bangladesh on Tuesday.