It has a been a horrific year for Pakistan cricket as they have lost their last ten ODI matches. It shows the slump in the form. Sarfaraz led side started their World Cup rehearsal with a loss against Afghanistan by three wickets. Now they are scheduled to play their next warm-up game against Bangladesh at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff on 26 May. Explore the cricket tips for the match here.
Pakistan has been struggling to find the winning ways. After losing 5-0 to Australia, they were hammered by England in subsequent series. It is mandatory to create an impact on fifty-over games. Their captain Sarfaraz would be under hard scrutiny if they lose their second warm-up game.
Cricket Tips Key Players
Before entering the league stage, the top three batsmen of Pakistan would like to get some runs in their bag. Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam are the key batsmen for Pakistan at the top of the order. Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman have put in some runs to bag the position in top 10 ODI batsmen of the world. Azam is in good form and it was evident in the last match against Afghanistan. Their bowling attack needs to focus on taking wickets. Shaheen Afridi, Hasan Ali, and Mohammad Amir will be crucial with the new ball. Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan would be under scanner when it comes to spin bowling options. They will be key bowlers in the middle overs.
Sarfaraz Ahmed (c), Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Asif Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Hasnain
Contrary to Pakistan, Bangladesh is the dark horses in the tournament. Mashrafe Mortaza & Co. has some exciting and mystery payers who can hammer any team in the tournament. It is their first practice match and they would like to build the momentum right from this game for the league matches.
Cricket Tips Key Players
They have a strong batting line-up with the likes of Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, and Mahmudullah. Tamim Iqbal is the lead run scorer for the team. Soumya Sarkar plays a key role in the middle overs and scored the most runs in the recently concluded tri-series in Ireland. Shakib Al Hasan holds the experience of playing an important role with both bat and ball. He is one of the best all-rounders of the world and is an asset for Bangladesh. Mustafizur Rahim and Mashrafe Mortaza lead the bowling attack for the side. It would important for both the teams to pick up the early wickets with the new ball. Mustafizur is the best bowling option for Bangladesh and he could be lethal for the opponent.
Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudullah, Rubel Hossain, Mohammad Mithun, Sabbir Rahman, Soumya Sarkar, Abu Jayed, Liton Das, Mosaddek Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Mehidy Hasan, Mohammad Saifuddin
Stadium – Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
Capacity – 5500
Ends – River Taff End, Cathedral Road End
Venue Scoring Pattern
Average 1st Inning Score – 227
Average 2nd Inning Score – 216
Highest Total – 342/8 (England vs Australia)
Lowest Total – 138/10 (Sri Lanka vs New Zealand)
Chased Target – 304/6 (Pakistan vs England)
Defended – 169/10 (England vs New Zealand)
Weather & Pitch Conditions
The weather is expected to be sunny and nice for the game of cricket. There are no chances of rain. The pitch here is favored for batting. There is pace, bounce and carry for the batsmen to play freely. There may be some help for the seamers initially.
The conditions become better to bat second at Sophia Gardens, the team winning the toss would like to field first and chase the target.
Cricket Tips and Prediction
Pakistan would not like to take Bangladesh lightly as they are known for the major upsets in the ICC tournaments. Bangladesh has an upper hand on Pakistan with wins in last four matches against them. Bangladesh performed really well in the tri-series and momentum is with them whereas Pakistan has lost their previous few matches in fifty overs format.
We expect Bangladesh to turn the tables and beat Pakistan.
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