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Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction Asia Cup 2018 Pakistan v Bangladesh

Pakistan's Fakhar Zaman is due a big score today
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Pakistan and Bangladesh will lock horns in a virtual semi final to meet India in the Final of the Asia Cup on Friday.

 

While Pakistan are coming off a crushing defeat against India, Bangladesh made a narrow escape against Afghanistan to win by 3 runs. After winning a close match against Afghanistan, The Men in Green were completely steamrolled by India.

Asia Cup - Match Details

Pakistan v Bangladesh

Venue Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Time -12:30 PM

Live Scorecard

Their performance looked lackluster after they lost the openers early again. Sarfaraz Ahmed and Shoaib Malik then stitched together a partnership but after both were dismissed, no other batsman could go big as the team was restricted to a subpar total. In reply, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma made a meal of the run chase.

Bangladesh got a new batting star in Imrul Kayes who made his return to international cricket after a long time. Kayes scored a stylish 72 to go with Mahmudullah's 74. Afghanistan just fell short of the target by 3 runs due to a superb last over by Mustafizur Rahman.

To put up a solid performance, Pakistan need their batting line up to stand up. Especially Fakhar Zaman and Imam Ul Haq are expected to give them a good start on which Babar Azam and Shoaib Malik can then build. The bowling also looked a bit out of sorts in the last match. Shaheen Shah Afridi, Mohammad Nawaz and Shadab Khan will hold the key.

It was a shame that both of Bangladesh's star batsmen in Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim were run-out in the last match. The two along with Mohammadullah and the comeback man Imrul Kayes would form the core of the batting line-up where as Mehedy Hasan Miraz will be their major wicket-taking option.

Here are the probable playing XIs for both teams.

 

Pakistan- Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (c,wk), Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Shaheen Afridi

Bangladesh- Liton Das, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Mohammad Mithun, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Shakib Al Hasan, Imrul Kayes, Mahmudullah, Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Mehidy Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman, Nazmul Islam

 

Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*

 

Who will win? – Pakistan

Head to Head – Matches 35, Pakistan 31, Bangladesh 4

Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Fakhar Zaman (Pakistan), Mushfiqur Rahim (Bangladesh)

Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Shadab Khan (Pakistan), Mehidy Hasan (Bangladesh)

Most Sixes – Shoaib Malik (Pakistan), Mahmudullah (Bangladesh)

Team Scores Batting First – Pakistan 250+, Bangladesh 190+

 

*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features soon, so stay tuned.

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