On paper, Pakistan still have a chance to make it to the semis of the 2019 ICC World Cup (WC). They need to defeat Bangladesh by 316 runs to make it happen. In reality, that hasn’t ever happened in an ODI and is rare to happen this time. The two sides get ready for match #43 at Lord’s on Friday, potentially their last.
It will definitely be the last one of the WC for Bangladesh. They have won three of their eight games this tournament. Clearly, it was a case of missing out on big moments after coming so close in the rest. For Pakistan, it is going to be the end of a topsy-turvy campaign.
A win against England aside, Pakistan have struggled for impact. Losses to Australia, India and West Indies hampered their start. Although they have three wins on the trot, Pakistan have left it too late for the dash.
Babar Azam and Mohammad Amir have been the top players for the side. Consistent performances from the two masked the failures of the rest. Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed will hope that the others can chip in, one final time.
It has been an excellent and fighting campaign for Bangladesh. They have shown the top sides that they are a force, even in foreign conditions. It is just a sad reflection of their inconsistencies that Bangladesh have missed out on the top-four.
Shakib Al Hasan has been their best player and probably the player of the tournament. His all-round skills will once again be vital for the side to sign off on a high. There have been impressive performances from others, but not consistent enough.
Fantasy Players to Watch
Shakib Al Hasan has 542 runs and 11 wickets to his name. What more do you need from your premier all-rounder?
Shaheen Afridi has shown in the last couple of matches that he can be a handful. The Lord’s conditions could favour the left-arm seamer.
Babar Azam has 378 runs to his name, at an average of 63. He will be eager to put in another performance worthy of his growing stature.
Pakistan: 1 Fakhar Zaman 2 Imam-ul-Haq 3 Babar Azam 4 Haris Sohail 5 Mohammad Hafeez 6 Sarfaraz Ahmed (C & WK) 7 Imad Wasim 8 Shadab Khan 9 Wahab Riaz 10 Shaheen Afridi 11 Mohammad Amir
Bangladesh: 1 Tamim Iqbal 2 Soumya Sarkar 3 Shakib Al Hasan 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (WK) 5 Liton Das 6 Mahmudullah 7 Mosaddek Hossain 8 Mehidy Hasan 9 Mashrafe Mortaza 10 Rubel Hossain 11 Mustafizur Rahman
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