Bangladesh v Pakistan: Tigers can manage one final kill

Bang at it

Bangladesh might have been a bit too Tiger-ish. After gorging on large sport – South Africa – into their first excursion, their bellies have been full. Sure, they were not satisfied and although they swatted a paw now and then against the previous four, they didn’t have the nous to take down the other scalp.

Against Pakistan that they will not feel that victory would be considered a jolt. It’s the norm. Bangladesh have won the previous four and though it could be simple to worry if they will be straining every sinew, one just needs to have a basic understanding of the history of the two teams to guess they will be’at it‘.

There are no shortage of gun players. Shakib-al-Hasan, the player of the championship, Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahman, Mustafizur Rahman and Mohammad Saifuddin have enhanced their reputations.

Saifuddin, who has been excellent with all the ball, boshed an unbeaten 51 against India in a gutsy Bangladesh series on Tuesday. The balance of that XI was eye catching with Mashrafe Mortaza batting at No 9.

Pakistan unfortunate
Pakistan can well feel aggrieved they haven’t made it to the semi-finals. They beat England, who look to be running into form at exactly the ideal time, and New Zealand, who have pipped them on net run rate. Their washed-out clash against South Africa likely robbed them of maximum points, also.

Given New Zealand’s pitiful efforts when they’ve come up against teams of note, it is not unfair to wish it was the guys in green who were advancing. Sure, they are sometimes chaotic but that is exactly why you’d want them there. Who knows what they could have pulled out of this hat?

The recall of Shaheen Afridi is a good illustration. Perhaps if he was enjoying with ball one they would not have missed out. Afridi has taken ten wickets in four games.Lord’s wicket a little tricky
Here are the previous 17 first-innings scores at Lord (1/2 denotes game obtained by side batting second or first ): 243-1/285-1/322-1/308-1/153-2/328-1/251-1/309-1/300-1/227-2/220-2/272-2/280-1/246-2/265-1/277-1/235-2. As you can see there’s a trend – that the side batting first is going to have to post 280. Australia razed New Zealand using a diminished 243 but it is pretty much par for the course that the New Zealanders panic when they are going to beat their old rivals. The 285 by Australia against England was more instructive. At the break it looked a little light but the wicket doesn’t play accurate and can hold up.

Disrespectful cost about Tigers
Following Pakistan beat New Zealand an old buddy on Twitter asked: how can you call exactly what Pakistan can perform?

It is pretty easy: never bet them when they’re odds on. So we’ll be giving them a wide berth at no better than 1.57. The 2.66 about Bangladesh is disrespectful given their head-to-head advantage.

That wobble against Afghanistan from Pakistan tips at complacency if Pakistan imagine things are going to be simple. Fingers crossed that they are either smarting concerning the departure, assessing flight times or believing they’re superior.

Imam worth another follow
Shakib is, unsurprisingly, the hot favorite at 5/2 with Sportsbook for best Bangladesh honours. On two-year data he shouldn’t be short but it is hard to take him . We’ve got a soft spot for Mushfiqur. For Pakistan, Imam-ul-Haq’s cost is down and up. Against Afghanistan he had been rated as 11/4 jolly. After that failure he is now out high 9/2 having been constant at 7/2. He’s got a win rate on the market on shape. For best Pakistan bowler, Afridi gave us a wonderful winner in that match. Having a 31% win rate if you can get 5/2 or better it is a wager.

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