Cricket Prediction – Pakistan and Bangladesh in a must win clash – September 26, 2018

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Date of Match: 26th September 2018

Time of Match: 03:30 pm local time (05:00 pm IST)

Location of Match: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Format: One Day International (ODI) – 50 overs match

Stage: Super Four

Tournament: Asia Cup 2018

Team A: Pakistan

Team B: Bangladesh

Team A Captain: Sarfraz Ahmed

Team B Captain: Mashrafe Mortaza

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Match Preview:

Finally, the long Asia Cup 2018 tournament has come to its last match in the group stage! Pakistan and Bangladesh will fight in this game which is being referred with many names! ‘Virtual semi-final’ being one among those many names as the winner of this match will book a place directly in the Asia Cup 2018 final alongside India.

Pakistan and Bangladesh both have many common things ahead of this ‘winner goes to the final’ encounter. Both these teams have a win and a defeat during the ‘Super Four’ stage. They both registered wins against Afghanistan while both were defeated in the hands of mighty Indians by a heavy margin! Also, both Pakistan and Bangladesh defeated Afghanistan in the last-over in a quite thrilling fashion.

Both these teams found themselves in a similar situation in the Asia Cup 2016 during which the tournament was played in the T20 format. Back then, Bangladesh defeated Pakistan and made it to the finals to play against India. Bangladesh is also expected to beat Pakistan in this game – a prediction that is making rounds in the social media at the moment! However, the results will not be declared via predictions and Pakistan have a fair chance to beat Bangladesh this time as the format has changed now in 2018!

Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman has scores of 24, 0, 0, 31 in his four games in this tournament so far. He was adjudged LBW in the last two games (against Afghanistan and India). However, on both the occasions he would have survived had he taken the review which he did not opt. We are making a blind prediction here that if Fakhar gets himself LBW in this game against Bangladesh, he will just go for the review!

Match Information:

Pakistan and Bangladesh are coming face to face in a ‘direct shootout’ game. The winner of this game will join India in the Asia Cup 2018 tournament final while the loser of the game will be out of the tournament. The Asia Cup 2018 tournament final will be played on Friday (Sep 28) in Dubai. One can make a quick prediction of the match result as Pakistan are looking more confident than the high flying Bangladesh.


Probable XI (Our Prediction):

Mohammad Amir has been out-of-form in the recent past as he picked up only three wickets in his last 10 ODI games. And he was wicket less in his previous 5 ODI games as well. As per our prediction, this worrying stat might tempt Pakistan to drop him against Bangladesh and pull in Usman Shenwari.

Here is our prediction of Pakistan’s playing XI:

  • Imam Ul Haq
  • Fakhar Zaman
  • Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed
  • Shoaib Malik
  • Asif Ali
  • Shadab Khan
  • Mohammad Nawaz
  • Hasan Ali
  • Mohammad Amir/Usman Shinwari
  • Shaheen Afridi


Probable XI (Our Prediction):

Imrul Kayes and Soumya Sarkar have been the two late additions to the squad who joined the team just before the Afghanistan ODI, the additions that Bangladeshi captain was unaware of till the last second!

Imrul Kayes, however, played against Afghanistan and starred with a half century and he is expected to retain his place in the playing XI against Bangladesh in this game. Opening partnership has been an issue for them since Tamim’s injury and as per our prediction, Soumya Sarkar is expected to replace struggling Nazmul Hossain at the top.

Here is our prediction of Bangladesh’s playing XI:

  • Liton Das
  • Soumya Sarkar
  • Mohammad Mithun
  • Mushfiqur Rahim
  • Shakib Al Hasan
  • Imrul Kayes
  • Mahmudullah
  • Mashrafe Mortaza
  • Mehidy Hasan
  • Mustafizur Rahman
  • Namzul Islam

Statistics and Prediction:

  • Bangladesh opener Soumya Sarkar is 33 runs short of his 1000 career ODI runs. As per our prediction, he will surely get to this milestone if gets picked in the side.
  • Pakistani pacer Mohammad Amir was wicket less in his previous 5 ODIs and has picked up only 3 wickets in his last 10 ODIs! As per our prediction, he will be out of the team against Bangladesh.

Match Conditions and Pitch:

The pitch in Abu Dhabi will be on the slower side and assists spinners heavily, this prediction has been made considering the recent games played at this venue. Shadab Khan and Mohammad Nawaz of Pakistan and Shakib al Hasan and Mehidy Hasan of Bangladesh would be licking their lips to bowl on this spin-friendly pitch.

Our Prediction:

The score of 250 has become a magical figure in this tournament so far. Teams winning toss are electing to bat first and eyeing to get past 250 total – A total chased only once in this 2018 season so far. And as per our prediction, it will be no different in this game between Pakistan and Bangladesh. The team winning the toss will choose to bat first and eye for that magical 250 figure!

Favorites to win:

Both these teams are strong and confident enough to beat the other in this game. At this juncture, it is very tough to get a prediction right! Bangladesh, despite playing in UAE, are getting a good crowd support and this can be their X-factor in this do-or-die game.

Pakistan, on the other hand, are an experienced team and most importantly they are playing at their home ground! They just need to cash in the crunch moments to win this game and book a place in the final. Overall, Pakistan are going into this game as favorites.

Top Batsman (Prediction):

Shoaib Malik (Pak) – 50+ runs

Top Bowler (Prediction):

Mashrafe Mortaza (Ban) – 2 or more wickets

Most Sixes (Prediction):

Shoaib Malik (Pak)

LOGO 2 Odds

Pakistan – 1.19

Bangladesh – 4.45

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