Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction - Pakistan v Bangladesh 1st Test
The 1st match of the split two-match Test series between Pakistan and Bangladesh will be played at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium in Rawalpindi.
After having hosted Sri Lanka for a two-match Test series, Pakistan will now welcome Bangladesh to their shores for another two-match affair. Owing to security reasons and Pakistan's premier domestic T20 competition, the Pakistan Super League, the series which is part of the Test Championship, has been split into two parts. The first match will be played in Rawalpindi, which recently hosted Sri Lanka for their first Test of the tour as well.
Shan Masood and Abid Ali are expected to continue opening batting for Pakistan with skipper Azhar Ali coming in at number three. Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail and wicketkeeper Mohammed Rizwan will form the middle-order.
Mohammad Abbas, Naseem Shah and Shaheen Shah Afridi are expected to be the three pacers for Pakistan.
With both Imrus Kayes and Shadman Islam not picked, Soumya Sarkar is expected to face the first ball for Bangladesh alongside the seasoned Tamim Iqbal. In the absence of Mushfiqur Rahim, the onus of the middle order would be on Mominul Haque, Liton Das, Najmul Hossain Shanto and Mahmudullah.
With Mehidy Hasan having not been picked, Taijul Islam will be Bangladesh's top spinner while Abu Jayed and Al-Amin Hossain will lead their pace attack.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:
Pakistan - Shan Masood, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali (c), Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Yasir Shah, Mohammad Abbas, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Afridi
Bangladesh - Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Mominul Haque (c), Liton Das (wk), Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mahmudullah, Taijul Islam, Nayeem Hasan, Abu Jayed Chowdhury Rahi, Al-Amin Hossain, Rubel Hossain/Ebadat Hossain
Who will win the toss? - Pakistan
Who will win? – Pakistan
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Babar Azam (Pakistan), Tamim Iqbal (Bangladesh)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Shaheen Afridi (Pakistan), Al-Amin Hossain (Bangladesh)
Most Sixes – Shan Masood (Pakistan), Tamim Iqbal (Bangladesh)
Player of the Match – Babar Azam
Team Scores Batting first – Pakistan 430+, Bangladesh 270+
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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