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 game – South Africa – into their very first outing, their bellies have been complete. Surethey 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 another scalp.

Against Pakistan they won’t feel that success would be regarded as a shock. It is the norm. Bangladesh have won the last four and although it might be simple to worry if they will be straining every sinew, one only needs to have a basic comprehension of the background of the 2 teams to reckon they’ll be’at it‘.

There are no lack of gun players. Shakib-al-Hasan, the participant of the tournament, Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahman, Mustafizur Rahman and Mohammad Saifuddin have all enhanced their reputations.

Saifuddin, that has been superb with the chunk, boshed an unbeaten 51 from India in a gutsy Bangladesh show 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 have not made it into the semi-finals. They conquer England, who seem to be running into form at precisely the ideal time, and New Zealand, who have pipped them on net run rate. Their washed-out battle against South Africa likely robbed them of greatest points, also.

Given New Zealand’s pathetic efforts when they’ve come up against teams of note, it isn’t unfair to wish that it was the guys in green who had been progressing. Sure, they are sometimes chaotic but that is precisely why you would want them . Who knows what they might have pulled from the hat?

The remember of Shaheen Afridi is a good illustration. Perhaps if he had been playing with ball one they wouldn’t 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 won 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 – the side batting first will get to at least post 280. Australia razed New Zealand using a diminished 243 but it is pretty much par for the course the New Zealanders fear when they’re going to beat their old rivals. The 285 by Australia against England was more instructive. At the break it looked a little mild but the wicket doesn’t play true and can hold up.

Cost about Tigers
Following Pakistan beat New Zealand an older friend on Twitter asked: how can you predict what Pakistan can perform?

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

That wobble against Afghanistan by Pakistan hints at complacency when Pakistan imagine things are going to be simple. Fingers crossed that they are either smarting about the exit, assessing flight times or thinking they are superior.

Imam worth another follow
Shakib is, unsurprisingly, the hot favorite at 5/2 with Sportsbook for top Bangladesh honours. On two-year data he shouldn’t be as short but it’s difficult to take him . We have a soft spot for Mushfiqur. For Pakistan, Imam-ul-Haq’s price is up and down. Against Afghanistan he was rated as 11/4 jolly. Following that failure he is out top 9/2 having been consistent at 7/2. He has a win rate on the marketplace on shape. For top Pakistan bowler, Afridi gave us a nice winner in that match. With a 31% gain rate if you can get 5/2 or better it is a wager.

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