In match 43 of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, Pakistan cricket team faces Bangladesh cricket team at Lord's, London today. The Sarfaraz Ahmed-led side is almost out of the race of semi-finals as they need to defeat Bangladesh at least by 316 runs to match New Zealand's Net Run Rate (NRR) while if they lose the toss and are asked to bowl first, there won't be any chance of qualifying for the semi-finals.
After registering back-to-back defeats against Australia and India, Pakistan cricket team led by Safaraz Ahmed came back strongly and registered three consecutive victories, all in must-win games, against South Africa, New Zealand and Afghanistan. However, in order to make it to the last four, they needed England to lose one of their last two matches, which didn't happen. Pakistan cricket team journey so far in this World Cup has been similar to that of 1992, except for the knockout stage where they don't seem to enter. When England smashed New Zealand by 119 runs on Wednesday, the equation for Pakistan is pretty simple i.e. They need to bat first, score 400 runs, dismiss Bangladesh for 84, and win by a margin of 316 runs. Simple, but definitely not easy. It's a victory margin that has never been achieved in the history of one-day cricket. If Bangladesh bat first, then Pakistan are out even before the game begins.
On the other hand, Bangladesh cricket team led by their star player Mashrafe Mortaza came out with a spirited performance in this World Cup. They played like one of the contenders to win the trophy and gave their opponents a run for their money in almost all their matches, except against England when the hosts posted a total in excess of 380. The performance of the entire unit, especially that of Shakib Al Hasan, is something which the Bangla Tigers can surely be proud of it.
Pitch report: The pitch at the Lord's have been a bit on the slowish side so far in the tournament. So, a little bit of a turn here at this venue, but also runs to be had if you bat first.
Weather forecast: The weather is likely to remain pleasant throughout the day at Lord's. There are no chances of rain, means a full game of cricket will be played at the Lord's. The temperature will be around 23-26 degree celsius at the venue.
Head-to-head in World Cup: 1-0 in the favour of Bengal Lions Bangladesh cricket team.
Pakistan and Bangladesh have clashed only once - in the 1999 World Cup, and Pakistan lost the match by 62-runs. Now, at Lord's, they will meet for the second time in a World Cup match.
Bangladesh - In Bagladesh cricket team management, Mushfiqur Rahim was hit on the elbow during training at Lord's on Thursday, and is in some doubt. For a team carrying niggles since before the World Cup, this still may not be a setback given Bangladesh's determination to end their campaign with a win. However, Mushfiqur could be ruled out, Liton Das would keep wickets and Mohammad Mithun could step in their line-up.
Pakistan - As no injuries to speak of in the Pakistan cricket team management, but with this being, they could give the last chance for Shoaib Malik to play in a World Cup.
Players to watch out for Pakistan: Babar Azam and Mohammad Amir.
Players to watch out for Bangladesh: Shakib Al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman.
Pakistan Probable XI: Fakhar Zaman, Imam Ul Haq, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Haris Sohail, Sarfaraz Ahmed (C&WK), Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Shaheen Afridi, Wahab Riaz
Bangladesh Probable XI: Soumya Sarkar, Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim(WK), Liton Das, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Rubel Hossain, Mashrafe Mortaza(C), Mustafizur Rahman
Pakistan - Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Haris Sohail, Sarfaraz Ahmed(w/c), Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Shaheen Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Hasan Ali, Asif Ali, Mohammad Hasnain
Bangladesh - Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim(w), Liton Das, Mosaddek Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mashrafe Mortaza(c), Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Mahmudullah, Mehidy Hasan, Mohammad Mithun, Abu Jayed
Live streaming details:
Date and Day: July 5, 2019, Friday.
Place: Lord's, London
Time: 3:00 pm IST, 10:00 am local time
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