From six teams at the start of Asia Cup 2023, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, and Sri Lanka have managed to reach the Super Fours. The first encounter of this stage of the competition will be played between Pakistan and Bangladesh at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on Wednesday, September 6.
Pakistan (PAK) annihilated Nepal in their opening game of Asia Cup 2023, winning by 238 runs. Babar Azam and Iftikhar Ahmed scored centuries against the debutants before Shadab Khan spun a web around the opposition with a four-for. Babar Azam and Co. faced arch-rivals India in their second encounter. The ‘Men in Green’ bowled with a lot of venom and had India reeling at 66/4 before Hardik Pandya and Ishan Kishan stitched a 138-run partnership which helped India set a target of 267. However, Pakistan couldn’t begin their chase as incessant rains forced the umpires to call the match off.
Bangladesh (BAN) started their campaign with a dismal batting performance against Sri Lanka as they were bowled out for 164. Shakib Al Hasan tried his best to make the Sri Lankan batters work hard for their runs but the Tigers eventually suffered a five-wicket defeat with 11 overs left. Needing a win against Afghanistan, Bangladesh batters stepped up with centuries from Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Najmul Hossain Shanto. Chasing a daunting target of 335, Afghanistan were bundled out for 245.
PAK vs BAN Match Details:
Venue: Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
Date & Time: Wednesday, September 6, 03:00 PM IST
Live Streaming Details: Star Sports Network, Disney+Hotstar app and website
PAK vs BAN Pitch Report
The pitch in Lahore has been great for batting. Bowlers have found it difficult to stem the flow of runs. In the most recent encounter at this venue, Sri Lanka posted 291/8 in 50 overs, while Afghanistan fell two runs short after batting only 37.4 overs. It shows how true the surface has been.
PAK vs BAN Head-to-Head Record:
Pak vs BAN Probable Playing XI
Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam (C), Imam-ul-Haq, Agha Salman, Shadab Khan, Iftikhar Ahmed, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Naseem Shah
Litton Das, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mohammad Naim, Towhid Hridoy, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Shakib Al Hasan (C), Shamim Hossain, Afif Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, Hasan Mahmud
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Probable Best Performers:
Probable Best Batter
Babar Azam (Pakistan)
The Pakistan captain has been the epitome of consistency. If Babar can get going, it will help the other Pakistani batters to express themselves around him. Babar knows the pitch at the Gaddafi Stadium like the back of his hand as he is from Lahore. Bangladesh will do well to dismiss Babar early because if he gets set, he rarely throws his wicket away.
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Probable Best Bowler
Shaheen Afridi (Pakistan)
The sensational left-arm quick showed his class against India with the new ball. He dismissed India’s two most experienced batters in the form of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. With the old ball, Shaheen dismissed Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja to finish with figures of 4/35 in 10 overs. He will pose a serious threat to the Bangladeshi batters with his ability to swing the ball both ways. However, it will be interesting to see if he can get some purchase from the pitch as there hasn’t been much on offer for the bowlers in Lahore.
Today’s Match Prediction: Pakistan to win the match