In the 43rd match of ICC World Cup 2019, Bangladeshi ‘Tigers’ are going to take on Pakistani squad at Lord’s Cricket Stadium, London on Friday. Both the teams have played a total of eight games so far in the season. Currently, Pakistan is reigning at fifth position in the World Cup standings with total nine points while Bangladesh is struggling at seventh position with only seven points.
Bangladeshi ‘Tigers’ have seen many ups and downs in this year’s World Cup tournament as it has been a mixed bag for them. They started their grand cricket cup journey with a 21-run victory against South Africa at The Oval Stadium. But in their second encounter, the Bangladeshi squad were not able to repeat it as they lost by two wickets against New Zealand on the same pitch. In their third match against hosting team England, Mashrafe Mortaza and team faced a terrible 106-run defeat at Sophia Gardens which gave another setback to the squad. Their fourth battle against Sri Lanka was abandoned due to bad weather conditions. After facing a series of disappointing defeats, Bangladesh finally bounced back in the game against West Indies squad at County Ground stadium. But in their sixth battle against defending Champions Australia, Bangladesh again lost the momentum and lost by 48 runs at Trent Bridge stadium. In their last match against Indian cricketers, Bangladesh tried very hard to turn the tables around but again fall short by just 28 runs.
On the other hand, Pakistan has made a miraculous comeback in the tournament after clinching back-to-back three victories against South Africa, New Zealand and Afghanistan respectively. The green army started its prestigious campaign with a drastic seven-wicket defeat against West Indies. But they bounced back in the tournament against hosting team England in the second battle. Their third match against Sri Lanka was called off due to rains. In their fourth encounter against defending champions Australia, Pakistan fell short by just 41 runs while their fifth game also proved unfortunate against arch-rivals India as Pakistan lost by 89 runs via DLS method. In their sixth match against Proteas, Pakistan won by 49 runs at Lord’s Cricket Stadium. With this much-needed victory, Pakistan boosted up its confidence against ICC favorites New Zealand and also defeated the squad by six wickets. In their last match against hapless Afghanistan, Pakistani team grabbed a three-win at Headingley Cricket stadium.
Both Bangladesh and Pakistan squads have played only one match against each other in World Cup fixture so far. In that lone match, Bangladesh clinched the victory against Pakistan by total 62 runs. As per their One Day International (ODIs) records both the teams have played total 36 matches against each other out of which Pakistan had won 31 battles while Bangladesh had come up with only five victories. The highest score posted by Pakistan squad against Bangladesh in ODIs is 385 runs so far whereas the highest total posted by Bangladesh squad in front of Pakistan in ODI matches so far is 329 runs.
The exciting match between Bangladeshi tigers and Pakistani squad will get started from 3 pm (IST) and is going to broadcast on Star Sports Networks. The live coverage of the game between New Zealand and Pakistan will be available on Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 1 with English Commentary and on Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 Hindi HD with Hindi Commentary. While the online live streaming of the game will be available on Hotstar application.
Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim (Wicket-Keeper), Mahmudullah, Sabbir Rahman, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mashrafe Mortaza (Skipper), Mehidy Hasan, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Mohammad Mithun, Abu Jayed, and Mosaddek Hossain.