Match 31: PAK vs BAN| Game Analysis| Pitch Report| Best 11

The 31st match of the tournament will be played between Pakistan (PAK) and Bangladesh (BAN).

Current Standings:

PositionTeamsPointsNet Run Rate

Pakistan (PAK) Analysis:

Pakistan started their journey with 2 back to back wins but after that they just lost the touch and lost 4 matches back to back. The sudden fall of their performance is still not fully discovered. Their weak fielding performance has been utilized well by the opposition. One of the main strengths was their bowling which was not seen in full power in this tournament.    

Tournament performance so far:

Match NumberOpponentsResult
2nd MatchNetherlandsWon by 81 runs
8th MatchSri LankaWon by 6 wickets
12th MatchIndiaLost by 7 wickets
18th MatchAustralia Lost by 62 runs
22nd MatchAfghanistanLost by 8 wickets
26th MatchSouth AfricaLost by 1 wicket

Abdullah Shafique has been consistent throughout the tournament with 264 runs in 5 matches. He has scored 1 century and 2 half centuries to his name. He is batting with an average above 50 and has a strike rate close to 100. On the other hand Imam-ul-Haq has played a good innings against Australia where he scored 70 runs and in remaining matches he mostly got out between 10-20 runs. He is unable to pick the deliveries well and his weakness against the short pitch ball was used by the bowlers well against him.     

Babar Azam the leader of the team has scored 3 half centuries in the World Cup till now and those 3 came in the last 4 matches. He is getting his form back but his strike rate is a little bit of concern as in this tournament most of the teams easily scored 300+ runs, so to get there he needs to be more aggressive with the bat. Mohammad Rizwan is also performing consistently and scored 333 runs for his team which is the most runs scored by a Pakistan player. His average is 97.37 with an average of 66.6. Till now he has 1 century and 1 half century to his name. 

Iftikhar Ahmed hasn’t shown the performance for which the team is expecting from him. He has the ability to hit hard in the death overs but that was missing in this tournament. His highest till now was 40 runs which was against Afghanistan. Saud Shakeel started the tournament with a brilliant half century which came in a difficult situation but after that he scored a couple of 30’s but was unable to convert it into a big one. In the last match against South Africa there he also scored a 50.  

Shadab Khan one of the best fielders from the side and a great all rounder. But his all round performance was not consistent. Though with the bat he scored some healthy runs at the end with the scores like 43, 40, 2 & 32 runs but with the ball for which he is well known for has taken just 2 wickets. Mohammad Nawaz, the hard hitter of the team also known as a great hitter of the ball hasn’t been able to score a half century. His highest score till now is 39 runs and in the remaining matches he couldn’t justify much and with the ball he has only 2 wickets.     

Shaheen Afridi after getting punched in the starting few matches has now returned to his perfect line and length. He has taken wickets in each match he played and till now has named 13 wickets. His economy is also down to 6 per over. Haris Rauf started the World Cup with a brilliant 3 wickets haul and the economy was also under 5, but after that he was getting expensive in his spells and his economy was above 6 in all those matches. He took 10 wickets till now. 

Mohammad Wasim Junior played his first match of the tournament which was against South Africa where he bowled brilliantly after claiming 2 wickets and also got a maiden over. He shows a lot of potential there. Usama Mir though he took 2 wickets in the last match against Proteas but has expensive spells in the remaining matches. Batsmen played him quite easily.

Hasan Ali  started the journey with 6 wickets in first 2 matches but after that he got 2 wickets in next 3 matches which he played. He was included into the team in place of Naseen Shah who was injured in the Asia Cup. Salman Agha is also a brilliant all rounder from the side and he might be introduced into the playing 11 as they have nothing to be left to go to the next round.      

Predicted 11 for the Match:

Babar Azam ©, Abdullah Shafique, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Saud Shakeel, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Salman Agha, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Wasim Junior. 

Bangladesh (BAN) Analysis:

Bengal Tigers didn’t carry that winning attitude as they lost 5 consecutive matches and that too with a huge margin. They got their only victory against Afghanistan which was their inaugural World Cup. They were unable to maintain partnerships and with the bowl they looked helpless.    

Tournament performance so far:

Match NumberOpponentsResult
3rd MatchAfghanistanWon by 6 wickets
7th MatchEnglandLost by 137 runs
11th MatchNew ZealandLost by 8 wickets
17th MatchIndiaLost by 7 wickets
23rd MatchSouth Africa Lost by 149 runs
28th MatchNetherlandsLost by 87 runs

Liton Das before the World Cup was highly consistent with the bat but in this tournament he has scored just 180 runs in 6 matches which includes 2 half centuries. His 50’s came against England and India. Tanzid Hasan except against India he was not performing well and unable to score much. Against India he scored 51 runs and in the remaining matches he didn’t cross 20 runs mark. 

Mehidy Hasan Miraz hasn’t been consistent throughout the tournament having performed well in the first match where he scored 57 runs and also took 3 wickets. He has 6 wickets in his pocket and scored some couple of 30’s but was not able to convert that into a big one. Shakib Al Hasan the leader of the team and one of the best all rounders in the world has not been able to perform well as he got only 7 wickets and with the bat he hasn’t scored any 50. His highest score was 40 runs against Kiwis.  

Najmul Hossain Shanto scored 59 runs against Afghanistan but after that in the remaining matches he remained in the single digits. His very poor batting show continues. Mushfiqur Rahim one of the best middle order batsman in the side has scored 2 half centuries to his name but was not scoring much in the remaining matches. 

Mahmudullah is the only batter from the side who has a century to his name. He scored 218 runs with an average of 72.67. Mahedi Hasan has played two matches and grabbed 6 wickets for his team. He has been performing well for his team but didn’t get much chance to explore. Taskin Ahmed, one of the most experienced bowlers from the side has got 4 wickets to his name. In the last match against the Netherlands he was looking a little better than before.    

Mustafizur Rahman also didn’t make any influence with his bowling. He was one of the best bowlers in the death overs but in this World Cup he conceded too many runs. He has 4 wickets in his pocket till now. Shoriful Islam got the most wickets for his team as he got 8 wickets till now. But the economy, which is 6.51, is much higher than his normal performance.  

Hasan Mahmud and Nasum Ahmed both of them played 2 matches but weren’t able to perform well and were expensive in their bowling spells. 

Predicted 11 for the Match:

Shakib Al Hasan ©, Liton Das, Tanzid Hasan, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mahmudullah, Taskin Ahmed, Mahedi Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman, Shoriful Islam. 

Pitch Report and Weather Report:

The match will be played at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. The pitch will have more favour for batters as compared to bowlers due to black soil present in the pitch. Will have some bounce for the pacers but spinners might get little help in later part of the innings.       

Weather will be clear as the temperature will be around 32 degree celsius in daytime while it goes down to 23 degree celsius during the evening. Humidity will be very high which will be approx 67%. No rain is expected. 

Head to head (PAK vs BAN) in the World Cup:

They played 2 matches against each other in the World Cup

Matches won11
Highest score315223
Lowest score161221

Best 11 for the match:

Mushfiqur Rahim, Liton Das, Mohammad Rizwan, Mahmudullah, Babar Azam, Abdullah Shafique, Shakib Al Hasan, Shadab Khan, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf.

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