Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction - Pakistan v Bangladesh 1st T20I
The 1st match of the three-match T20I series between Pakistan and Bangladesh will be played at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.
The last T20I between the two teams was during the 2016 T20 World Cup where Pakistan beat Bangladesh by a comprehensive margin of 55 runs. Bangladesh have won the remaining two of the last three games by 7 wickets and 5 wickets respectively and will not be underdogs going into the series.
Babar Azam will come out to open the batting with Ahsan Ali. Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik will slot in the middle order. Hard-hitting batsman Iftikhar Ahmed will follow. He will be backed by bowling all-rounders Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan.
Mohammad Rizwan has mainly been picked in the team due to wicketkeeping skills but will have to step up his batting in order to retain his place. Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf and Mohammad Hasnain will provide the team with pace bowling options.
Returning to the team after the ODI World Cup, Tamim Iqbal is likely to open the batting with Mohammed Naim. Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Mithun and Mahmudullah will form the middle order.
Aminul Islam and batting all-rounder Afif Hossain will provide the team with spin options. Mustafizur Rahman, Al-Amin Hossain and one of Rubel Hossain or Hasan Mahmud is likely to make the XI.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:
Pakistan - Babar Azam (c), Ahsan Ali, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Hasnain
Bangladesh - Tamim Iqbal, Mohammad Naim, Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah (c), Afif Hossain, Aminul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Al-Amin Hossain, Rubel Hossain/Hasan Mahmud
Who will win the toss? - Pakistan
Who will win? – Pakistan
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Babar Azam (Pakistan), Mohammad Naim (Bangladesh)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Imad Wasim (Pakistan), Mustafizur Rahman (Bangladesh)
Most Sixes – Iftikhar Ahmed (Pakistan), Mohammad Naim (Bangladesh)
Player of the Match – Imad Wasim
Team Scores Batting first – Pakistan 170+, Bangladesh 160+
Match Handicap Pakistan
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*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, so stay tuned.
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