After a disappointing T20 World Cup, Bangladesh will be hosting the semi-finalists Pakistan in a 3-match T20I series. Pakistan would be looking to recover from the anguish caused by their semi-final loss, while Bangladesh would be concerned for ways to thwart a robust Pakistan squad.
Will Pakistan come out all guns blazing or will Bangladesh find a way to compete with them despite being without their main experienced players?
Match Toss Time: 14:00 Local (13:00 IST)
Match Start Time: 14:30 Local (13:30 IST)
Match Venue: Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka
Matches Played: 12, BAN: 2, PAK: 10
Weather Conditions and Pitch
For the visitors, the squad is the same as it was for the ICC T20 World Cup except for Iftikhar Ahmed who comes in place of Mohammad Hafeez.
For Bangladesh, there have been many changes to the squad. Shakib Al-Hasan and Mohammad Saifuddin are out of contention due to injuries.
Mushfiqur Rahim has been rested, while we see several new faces feature in this series.
Probable Playing XI
Bangladesh (BAN): Mohammad Naim, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mahmudullah (c), Saif Hassan, Akbar Ali (wk), Afif Hossain, Shamim Hossain, Mahedi Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, Mustafizur Rahman.
Pakistan (PAK): Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Babar Azam (c), Fakhar Zaman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Hasan Ali, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi
Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Shadab Khan, and Shaheen Afridi are no-brainers in this fantasy side. Mohammad Naim has looked good and he would be a good option to go to.
Hasan Ali would be eager to return on a strong note as well after a tough exit from the World Cup.
BAN vs PAK Fantasy Team
Captain and Vice-captain Picks
Pakistan are the clear favorites to win the match. However, if Bangladesh chooses to give all they have, we could see a thriller.
Pakistan would look to start on the front and dominate the game throughout and it will be intriguing to see how the hosts tackle it.
Cricwizz predicts Pakistan to win the first T20I against Bangladesh.
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