In the 31st match of the World Cup 2023, Pakistan is set to face Bangladesh at Eden Gordon in Kolkata. This encounter is a critical one for Pakistan as it’s a must-win match to keep their hopes alive for a spot in the semi-finals. Pakistan not only needs a victory but also a substantial margin of victory.
In the head-to-head statistics between Pakistan and Bangladesh in ODIs, they have clashed 38 times, with Pakistan emerging victorious in 33 matches, while Bangladesh has won only 5 matches. When playing on neutral grounds, Pakistan has won 7 times, and Bangladesh has secured 2 victories.
In the context of their World Cup encounters, there have been 2 matches, with each team winning one. Notably, in the Asia Cup 2023, Pakistan secured a resounding victory against Bangladesh by 7 wickets. However, in the 1999 World Cup, Bangladesh had managed to defeat Pakistan by 62 runs. In 2019, Pakistan triumphed over Bangladesh with a convincing 94-run victory.
Now, let’s take a look at the probable line-ups for this crucial match:
Pakistan VS Bangladesh Dream 11 Predictions | PAK vs BAN Probable XI predictions
Pakistan Probable XI:
- Abdullah Shafiq
- Babar Azam (captain)
- Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper)
- Saud Shakeel
- Iftikhar Ahmed
- Shadab Khan
- Usama Mir
- Shaheen Afridi
- Hasan Ali
- Haris Rauf
Bangladesh Probable XI:
- Tanzeed Hasan
- Liton Das
- Nazmul Hussain Shanto
- Shakib Al Hasan (captain)
- Mushfiqur Rahim (wicketkeeper)
- Mehdi Hasan Miraj
- Mahedi Hasan
- Taskin Ahmed
- Mustafizur Rahman
- Shoriful Islam
With both teams eyeing a victory, this match promises to be an intense showdown in the World Cup 2023.
Pitch Report (Eden Gardens, Kolkata for Pakistan vs Bangladesh):
Eden Gardens in Kolkata is renowned for favoring batsmen, often witnessing high-scoring contests. The average first innings score on this pitch is 241, making it conducive for batting. As the match progresses into the second innings, the pitch tends to assist spin bowlers. Overall, it provides a balanced challenge for both batsmen and bowlers. Notably, in the ongoing World Cup, an unexpected upset occurred when Bangladesh faced the Netherlands on this very ground. Bangladesh managed only 142 runs, while the Netherlands posted a commanding 229 runs batting first. Given this, the team winning the toss today is likely to opt for batting.
Weather Update for Pakistan vs Bangladesh in Kolkata:
Kolkata’s weather is expected to be sunny, with minimal chances of rain. During the match, the temperature in Kolkata is anticipated to be around 32 degrees Celsius, and the humidity level should hover around 58%. A gentle breeze at 8 km per hour has been forecasted. Fans can look forward to enjoying the match under these favorable weather conditions.