Pakistan’s build-up to the tournament is anything but smooth. After a dismal performance in the Asia Cup T20, there was controversy regarding the selection of certain players. On top of it was the seemingly never ending debate about their arrival in India. However, it would be foolish to write off the ‘Men in Green’ given the fact they thrive on such uncertain situations.
First up will be Bangladesh who have turned around a miserable head to head record with some style. Mashrafe Mortaza has already captured the country’s attention with his aggressive leadership. Given that the squad will be outside of their comfort zone, he will want his players to be at their very best if they are to entertain any thoughts of lighting up the competition.
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Pakistan vs Bangladesh 2016 LIVE Streaming Details
TV Channel: Star Sports 1, HD1 (English) and 3, HD3 (Hindi)
Online Stream: www.starsports.com, Hotstar app
Date: 16 March 2016, Wednesday
Time: 15:00 IST, 09:30 GMT
Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Even though there was considerable scrutiny around the bowling actions of Arafat Sunny and Taskin Ahmed which left coach Chandika Hathurasingha livid, the mood in the camp is still upbeat after easing past the qualifiers into the Super 10.
Key-man Mustafizur Rahman‘s recovery is on track and he could make a return to the playing eleven. The batting unit looks settled with Tamim Iqbal in the form of his life and Mahmudullah providing the finishing touches.
Shahid Afridi has had a lot on his plate these days. His fabled reflexes are waning rapidly and to make matters worse, the media is not leaving him alone. The onus will be on the flamboyant all-rounder to lead from the front and answer his critics.
He will bank upon the potency of Mohammad Amir who is winning hearts with a sterling comeback. Ahmed Shehzad’s return to the squad means that he is likely to partner the hard-hitting Sharjeel Khan at the top of the order. Mohammad Sami is doubtful after being struck on the toe by a net bowler during practice.
Teams (Predicted XI)
Bangladesh XI Squad
Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Mushfiqur Rahim (WK), Nasir Hossain, Mashrafe Mortaza (C), Taskin Ahmed/Arafat Sunny, Al-Amin Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman/Abu Hider
Pakistan XI Squad
Ahmed Shehzad, Sharjeel Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfraz Ahmed (WK), Umar Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi (C), Imad Wasim, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Irfan
- Ahmed Shehzad is the only Pakistani to score a T20I century, a feat which he managed against Bangladesh during the 2014 World T20.
- Shakib Al Hasan needs just 4 runs to join Tamim Iqbal as the only Bangladeshi batsmen to have reached the 1000 run-mark in T20Is.
- Shahid Afridi’s strike-rate of 148.92 is the highest among all batsmen who have completed 1000 T20I runs.
- Afridi is also the leading wicket-taker in the history of T20Is with 93 scalps.