After a scary nine-wicket defeat against India, Pakistan are all geared up to face Bangladesh in the last match of Super four stage in Asia Cup 2018. The clash is to considered as the virtual semifinal of the tournament as whoever wins the match will face the undefeated Indian team in the finals of the tournament.
Pakistan team are going through a rough phase in Asia Cup as they lost both of their clash against arch-rivals India and are very low on confidence. While Bangladesh side has recently defeated Afghanistan in the last over thriller so that will surely give them boost in the upcoming clash.
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Bangladesh team has a history of good performances in the Asia Cup and they thrashed the Pakistan time in 2016 tournament to enter the finals. This might create a moment of a tense situation in Pakistan dressing room.
Pakistan and Bangladesh will make few changes in their playing XI before the important clash as it will be a do or die situation for both teams. After a string of poor performance Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir might sit out for the important clash and Junaid Khan might take his place. While from Bangladesh Soumya Sarkar might get back into the playing XI after flop show from the openers.
What to expect:
It will be match of the tournament with a lot at stakes for both the teams, Pakistan team will surely has an upper hand but Bangladesh have the ability to turn the tables at any moment. So it will be 60-40 match with Pakistan team as favourites.
Predicted Playing XI of Pakistan and Bangladesh
Pakistan: Imam Ul Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Hasan Ali, Usman Shinwari, Junaid Khan
Bangladesh: Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Mithun, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Imrul Kayes, Mahmudullah, Mashrafe Mortaza, Mehidy Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman, Namzul Islam