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Match Preview – Bangladesh vs Pakistan, Pakistan in Bangladesh 2021/22, 1st Take a look at


The hosts will be with out Tamim, Shakib and Mahmudullah though Pakistan will be eager to have ahead their T20I kind into Checks

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Bangladesh will glimpse to bridge the hole in encounter, expertise and temperament with Pakistan, who have so considerably appeared to be in management on this tour, when the two groups satisfy for the 1st Take a look at in Chattogram on Friday. The three- sequence acquire in Dhaka failed to just present the change in the two teams’ T20 skillset, but also their all round moods. Pakistan appear to be far more organised and very clear in imagining though Bangladesh cricket is in disarray.

The only preserving grace for the house aspect is the improve in structure, while Pakistan also would be happy to consider a crack right after a time period of chaotic T20 cricket.

Pakistan’s center buy has to be assertive as they battle to place collectively an opening blend. Azhar Ali and captain Babar Azam lend course and encounter though Mohammad Rizwan and Fawad Alam have the aptitude to lead precious operates. Babar and Rizwan’s achievement in opening in T20Is will need to have to be translated into center-buy dependency in Checks.

Imam-ul-Haq and Abid Ali will be Pakistan’s opening pair – the Abid-Imran Butt opened in their past 6 Checks. The 22-yr-previous Abdullah Shafique, who has struck two hundreds of years in a few 1st-course matches, is an attention-grabbing inclusion in the twelve-participant squad that was introduced on Thursday.

Pakistan will have Shaheen Shah Afridi and Hasan Ali to consider up the new ball with Faheem Ashraf getting viewed as the rate-bowling allround possibility at No seven. Still left-arm spinner Nauman Ali and offspinner Sajid Khan, who built his debut previously this yr in opposition to Zimbabwe, will be the probable spinners.
Major-buy batters Shadman Islam and Najmul Hossain Shanto have to deal with Pakistan’s new-ball drive prior to the expert Mominul and Mushfiqur appear in. There may possibly be a debut on the offing for both equally Yasir Ali and Mahmudul Hasan Pleasure, with Liton Das coming in at No seven. Yasir has been warming the bench for some time now right after getting in all the squads for the Checks this yr, though Pleasure, who has largely batted at No three, was picked on the again of a promising domestic return in which he strike again-to-again 1st-course hundreds of years a short while ago.

Bangladesh will largely go with 7 batters with Taijul Islam and Mehidy Hasan Miraz as the primary spinners. Each have been in very good kind in domestic cricket currently and will be predicted to bowl the bulk of the overs in Shakib’s absence.

Having said that, their rate assault appears to be to be lean as only Abu Jayed has been in some sort of rhythm. Rejaur Rahman Raja, the shock select in the Take a look at squad, could be handed a debut right after having rave evaluations from higher-effectiveness bowling mentor Champaka Ramanayake.

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(Very last 5 done matches, most the latest 1st)
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In the highlight

Pakistan will glimpse at Shaheen Shah Afridi to direct the bowling assault and give early breakthroughs. Afridi may possibly not come across a great deal of assist from the Chattogram pitch which normally helps spinners, but he ought to use the breeze that blows throughout the floor.

Najmul Hossain Shanto scored two hundreds in Bangladesh’s past a few Checks, in opposition to Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka respectively, and also built a 1st-course century a short while ago. Irrespective of getting in kind, Shanto could be troubled by Pakistan’s high quality quick bowlers. His position at No. three will be essential for Bangladesh.

Staff information

Bangladesh are taking into consideration as numerous as a few Take a look at debutants in this activity. Mominul has hinted that Pleasure may possibly open up though Yasir is a powerful applicant at No six. Rookie quick bowler Raja may possibly also participate in in advance of Ebadot Hossain.

Bangladesh (possible): one Shadman Islam two Mahmudul Hasan Pleasure, three Najmul Hossain Shanto, four Mominul Haque (capt), five Mushfiqur Rahim, six Yasir Ali, seven Liton Das (wk), eight Taijul Islam, nine Mehidy Hasan Miraz, ten Abu Jayed, eleven Ebadot Hossain/Rejaur Rahman Raja

Sajid Khan could spouse Nauman Ali in the spin assault, which would go away batter Shafique out of Pakistan’s XI. They are with out Imran Butt, who was dropped from the squad, and Mohammad Abbas, from their past Take a look at in opposition to West Indies.

Pakistan (possible): one Imam-ul-Haq, two Abid Ali, three Azhar Ali four Babar Azam (capt), five Fawad Alam, six Mohammad Rizwan (wk), seven Faheem Ashraf, eight Nauman Ali, nine Hasan Ali, ten Shaheen Shah Afridi, eleven Sajid Khan

Pitch and disorders

West Indies efficiently chased 395 operates in the fourth innings in the past Chattogram Take a look at, which implies that the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury pitch will normally maintain up for the complete 5 times. Temperatures are predicted to be delicate.

Stats and trivia

  • Abbas is 10 wickets limited of finishing one hundred Take a look at wickets.
  • Yasir has presently taken 6 catches as a substitute fielder prior to building his worldwide debut.
  • Rates

    “It is a obstacle for a youthful captain like me to head into the new WTC cycle with a youthful staff. We have usually expected senior gamers on the Take a look at aspect. Shakib bhai, Tamim bhai and Taskin are frequent gamers. But it is a ongoing method. We have to go on. We are not able to be let down all the time. I firmly think it is a massive chance for the young gamers.”

    Bangladesh captain Mominul Haque on their inexperienced squad

    Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84



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