Crucial Clash: Pakistan vs Bangladesh World Cup 2023 – Match 31 Preview


Pakistan is facing a critical situation as they are set to play against Bangladesh on October 31. In order to maintain their chances of qualifying for the semi-finals, they must secure victories in all their upcoming matches. To achieve this, they need to secure a position in the top 4. Currently, the Pakistan cricket team finds themselves in the 7th position.

Bangladesh currently holds the 9th position in the competition, having won only one out of six matches. Their chances of reaching the semifinals are slim. Nevertheless, defeating Pakistan would be a significant morale boost for them.

Pakistan vs Bangladesh Head-to-Head Records :

In the 38 One Day Internationals (ODIs) played between Pakistan and Bangladesh, Pakistan has emerged victorious 33 times, while Bangladesh has won on 5 occasions. Their most recent encounter was in September 2023 during the Asia Cup, where Pakistan triumphed over Bangladesh by 7 wickets.

In World Cup matches, Pakistan and Bangladesh have clashed twice, with each team securing one victory. In the 2019 World Cup, Shaheen Afridi was the star performer, taking 6 wickets for 35 runs and helping Pakistan to a 94-run victory over Bangladesh. However, in 1999, one of the most significant upsets in World Cup history occurred when Bangladesh defeated Pakistan by 62 runs. Khaled Mahmud played a pivotal role, claiming the wickets of Shahid Afridi, Inzamam-ul-Haq, and Saleem Malik during that memorable encounter.

Pakistan vs Bangladesh Team :

Pakistan Team :

Abdullah Shafique, Imam-ul-Haq/Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Saud Shakeel, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan/Usama Mir , Mohammad Nawaz, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Haris Rauf.

Bangladesh Team :

Litton Das, Tanzid Hasan, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Shakib Al Hasan (c), Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mahmudullah, Mehidy Hasan, Mahedi Hasan/Nasum Ahmed, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Shoriful Islam.

Pakistan vs Bangladesh fantasy team :

Babar Azam (C), Mohammad Rizwan (WK), Abdullah Shafique, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shakib Al Hasan (VC), Mushfiqur Rahim, Mustafizur Rahman, Litton Das, Tanzid Hasan and Usama Mir.

Pakistan vs Bangladesh Pitch Report :

Eden Gardens in Kolkata has been the venue for 32 ODIs, and it’s known for favoring batsmen, especially during the middle overs. The pitch is made from black cotton soil, which provides good bounce initially but becomes spin-friendly as the match progresses.

Out of these 32 matches, teams that batted first emerged victorious in 18 of them, while teams that chose to bowl first won 12 matches. Two matches ended without a result. So, statistically speaking, opting to bat first after winning the toss seems to be a wise strategy at this particular venue.

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