Pakistan will play against hosts Bangladesh in the ICC World Twenty20 2014 on Sunday, with one loss and one win so far and the result is unlikely to push the team into a better slot.
VENUE: The match will be played at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Mirpur in Bangladesh
TIME: Match starts at 9:30am GMT; 3:30 pm Local Bangladesh Time; 4:30 pm Pakistan Time;
Following TV channels in respective countries will show the match live:
Bangladesh – Bangladesh TV, Gazi , Maasranga;
Pakistan – Ten Sports; PTV Sports;
India – Star Sports 2; Star Sports 3, Star Sports HD1
UK – Sky Sports 2;
Afghanistan – Lemar TV;
Sri Lanka – CSN;
UAE – OSN Sports Cricket;
Africa – Supersports 2;
Online Live Streaming Information:
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Pakistan played two games in three days at the start of the Super 10 phase of the ICC World Twenty20 2014 and returns to the crease on Sunday (March 30) afternoon, with one win and one loss to date.
On Tuesday and Friday, the Bangladesh fans packed the venue hopeful of a miraculous win for the host nation but were seen leaving towards the end when defeat turned certain.
Another defeat on Sunday against a team stron in bowling attack will ensure Bangladesh’s elimination, and also kill the enthusiasm of Bangla fans.
The top order of Pakistan is shomehow under pressure, otherwise, to express itself in both natural and artificial light. But their batting remains questionable and Sunday’s match will see some changes in the order.
What Pakistan has learnt from the match against India, when it was restricted to 130 for 7 on March 21, was to increase its initial innings batting and depend on Umar Akmal to bail it out every time. It remains to be seen how he performs this time.
Ahmed Shehzad and Mohammad Hafeez, the captain, are in more need of batting time and runs in the match against Bangladesh, a relatively weak team. They should be happy to bat well in natural light, where the pitch has behaved much better than it has in the night.
The spinners attack with Saeed Ajmal in the vanguard, should pay the way to win the match, though.
Bangladesh’s biggest letdowns has been Tamim Iqbal, the left-hand opening batsman who has hardly scored. He should put the stream open for the middle order or else, the run rate slows down dramatically, giving away the attackers victory on a platter. Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim, the captain, in the middle order should do the rest to build on.
Bangladesh has made four changes for the match against West Indies, and a further two against India, with little scope. The team’s morale is relatively down now.
Prediction: Unless Bangladesh puts up a fight, Pakistan is all set to win the match.
Pakistan: Kamran Akmal (wk), Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez (capt), Umar Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Sohaib Maqsood, Shahid Afridi, Bilawal Bhatti, Umar Gul, Saaed Ajmal, Zulfiqar Babar, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Talha, Sohail Tanvir, Sharjeel Khan.
Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (capt, wk), Sabbir Rahman, Nasir Hossain, Mahmudullah, Mashrafe Mortaza, Ziaur Rahman, Sohag Gazi, Al-Amin Hossain, Abdur Razzak, Mominul Haque, Farhad Reza, Shamsur Rahman.