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ICC Cricket World Cup - Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction - Pakistan v Bangladesh

Fakhar Zaman
Fakhar Zaman
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Pakistan have faced Bangladesh in a total of 36 ODIs and are leading by a comfortable margin of 31 as compared to Bangladesh's 5 wins in the head-to-head record.


However, the last few matches between the two teams have been a manifestation of the rise and fall of cricket in both nations. Bangladesh have beaten Pakistan in each of the last four ODIs played between the two teams.

The losses have overlapped with the phase in which Bangladesh have come up as a serious contender in international cricket and Pakistan have dipped a bit, discounting their 2017 Champions Trophy performance.


Moreover, Pakistan have not played their best cricket in the last few matches. They drew their ODI series 1-1 against New Zealand, followed by a 23-run loss to South Africa. Since then, they have suffered two clean sweeps, losing 0-5 to Australia in UAE and 0-4 to England in England.

On the other hand, Bangladesh are coming off a tri-series win against West Indies and Ireland, where they did not lose a single match in the entire tournament. Before that, they whitewashed Zimbabwe 3-0 and clinched their home series against West Indies, but suffered a 0-3 pasting against New Zealand.

Despite all of this and Pakistan losing their first match against Afghanistan, you cannot help but choose Pakistan as the favorites for this match.

Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams.

 

Pakistan- Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz

Bangladesh- Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudullah, Rubel Hossain, Soumya Sarkar, Abu Jayed, Liton Das, Mustafizur Rahman, Mehidy Hasan

 

Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*

Who will win? – Pakistan 

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

Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Imad Wasim (Pakistan), Mustafizur Rahman (Bangladesh)

Most Fours – Fakhar Zaman (Pakistan), Mahmudullah (Bangladesh)

Team Scores Batting first – Pakistan 300+, Bangladesh 280+

*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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