Pakistan vs. Bangladesh
|Date & Time||Friday July 5, 2019, 5:30 AM (EDT)|
Pakistan 1.57 Bangladesh 2.50
Pakistan take on Bangladesh at Lord’s on Friday. Bangladesh lost their last match to India at Edgbaston meaning they can no longer qualify for the semi-finals. Pakistan can still mathematically progress into the last four but they would have to register an astronomical victory against Bangladesh to leapfrog New Zealand a claim fourth place in the group.
Pakistan are currently fifth in the table with nine points and have a net run rate of –0.792. New Zealand are one place above them but their superior net run rate (+0.175) makes Pakistan’s chances of qualifying for the semi-finals extremely slim.
To qualify, Pakistan must: a) Beat Bangladesh by 311 runs after scoring 350, b) Beat Bangladesh by 316 runs after scoring 400, c) Beat Bangladesh by 321 runs after scoring 450. Incidentally, the biggest ODI win in history was by 290 runs.
Both Pakistan and Bangladesh have had relatively impressive World Cup campaigns. They were not seen as likely title candidates however both sides have claimed victories over higher ranked teams and will take great confidence from their displays going forward.
Pakistan have got better as the tournament has progressed. They began by being thrashed by West Indies. They were bowled out for 105 runs after just 21.4 overs and eventually lost the match by seven wickets. They then picked up a surprise victory over the pre-tournament favorites England and have since beaten South Africa, New Zealand and Afghanistan.
Bangladesh beat South Africa in their opening match after scoring 330/6 from their 50 overs. They claimed a 21-run win over the Proteas as they got off to a flier. They then suffered defeats to New Zealand and England before beating West Indies by seven wickets and Afghanistan by 62 runs.
In Bangladesh's last match, they took India right to the wire with another impressive display. They lost the match by just 28 runs after failing to chase down India’s 314/9. Shakib Al Hasan top scored with 66 runs and Mohammad Saifuddin chipped in with a half century. Mustafizur Rahman was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 5/59.
Shakib Al Hasan has been one of the players of the tournament. He has 542 runs to his name from eight matches so far and has also picked up a number of wickets. He sits at the top of the ODI all-rounder rankings and has been Bangladesh’s stand-out performer.
Mohammad Amir has been Pakistan’s best player at this year’s World Cup. He has claimed 16 wickets and sits fourth in the leading wicket taker table. He has been a threat with the ball throughout the tournament and claimed a five-wicket haul in a fiery spell against Australia.
It’s hard to pick a winner for the match on Friday. Bangladesh cannot qualify for the semi-finals and Pakistan need a miracle to progress. I am going to side with Bangladesh and predict that they will finish their campaign on a high and claim the victory.