Mohammad Hafeez and Imran Nazir form a dangerous opening partnership. Photo: AFP/dawn.com
Pakistan and Bangladesh do battle in Pallekele on Tuesday night, with the latter needing a big win to have any chance of progressing beyond the group stage of the tournament. Mushfiqur Rahim’s side succumbed to a 59 run drubbing against New Zealand thanks to a savage century from Brendon McCullum, while Pakistan beat the same opponent by 13 runs two days ago.
When they burst onto the scene at the 2007 World Cup, many expected Bangladesh to develop into a real force in world cricket but they have failed to improve in the past few years and failed to win a match at the 2010 and 2012 World Twenty20 tournaments. Their recent results have hardly been much better either, with defeats to Scotland and the Netherlands in July. In spite of this, they still have players capable of winning the match for them off their own bat. Dashing opening batsman Tamim Iqbal was dismissed for a duck against the Black Caps but can tear an opposition bowling attack to shreds, while former skipper Shakib Al Hasan has been considered one of the allrounders in the world over the past few seasons.
Pakistan will be looking for a good start from their opening partnership of Mohammad Hafeez and Imran Nazir , who laid a good platform with their 47 run opening stand against New Zealand. Although they possess some big hitters, Pakistan’s strength is undoubtedly in their bowling attack with the likes of Umar Gul and Sohail Tanvir complemented by the guile of Shahid Afridi and Saeed Ajmal .
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