In a cricket match between Pakistan and Bangladesh, Shakib Al Hasan, the captain of Bangladesh’s team, won the toss and chose to bat first. He believed that the pitch conditions were dry and expected it to offer some turn, similar to their previous match against the Netherlands. Bangladesh made one change in their lineup, with Tawhid Hridoy replacing Mahedi Hasan.

On the other hand, Pakistan made three changes to their squad. Fakhar Zaman, Salman Agha, and Usama Mir were included in the team, replacing Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Nawaz, and Shadab Khan.

Both Pakistan and Bangladesh had promising starts in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 but have faced a series of losses, making it challenging for them to advance to the knockout stage. Pakistan began the tournament with convincing wins over the Netherlands and Sri Lanka but are currently on a four-match losing streak. Another loss in their match against Bangladesh would severely diminish their chances of progressing in the tournament.

Bangladesh, on the other hand, is also in a difficult position, sitting just above the bottom of the standings with only two points from a win against Afghanistan in their first match. Despite their recent losses, Bangladesh can draw inspiration from their historic victory over Pakistan in the 1999 Cricket World Cup, where they won by 62 runs. This win was one of the few victories Bangladesh has secured in their 38 ODIs against Pakistan.

In their most recent encounter in the Super Four stage of the Asia Cup, Pakistan further solidified their dominance in head-to-head matchups with a seven-wicket win.

Playing XIs:

Pakistan: Abdullah Shafique, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Saud Shakeel, Iftikhar Ahmed, Salman Agha, Shaheen Afridi, Usama Mir, Mohammad Wasim, Haris Rauf.

Bangladesh: Litton Das (wk), Tanzid Hasan, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Shakib Al Hasan (c), Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Tawhid Hridoy, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Shoriful Islam.


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