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BAN vs PAK, 1st T20I – Fantasy Preview and Top Picks 

Match: Bangladesh vs Pakistan, (BAN vs PAK, 1st T20I)

Date: November 19, 2021 – 1:30 PM IST 

Venue: Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka 

Where and what time to watch the match live in India 

The Bangladesh vs Pakistan series will not be broadcasted live on television in India. However, you can watch the live action of the first T20 international on the online live sports streaming platform, FanCode application at 1:30 PM IST. 

BAN vs PAK, 1st T20I – What to expect: 

Days after the T20 World Cup concluded, we have more cricket action lined up as Pakistan visit Bangladesh for a three-match T20I series followed by a two-match Test series. The tour will kickstart with the two teams facing off at Shere Bangla National stadium in the first T20I on Friday, November 19. 

Bangladesh had a rough campaign in the T20 World Cup, where they had to fight hard to advance through to the Super 12 stage. And then they went on to lose all five matches in the Super 12s. Pakistan, on the other hand, were undefeated in the group stage and topped Group 2. In the semi-final, however, they were knocked out by the eventual champions Australia. These two teams last played a bilateral T20 series in January 2020, where Pakistan were victorious by 2-0 with the third game getting abandoned due to the rain. 

Pitch Report of BAN vs PAK, 1st T20I 

The Shere Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka is a venue that offers significant assistance for spinners. The average first innings score from 54 international T20s here reads 146. The venue has been a hellhole for batters in recent times. In the last two series hosted at Dhaka, bowlers have enjoyed enormous success with the average batting first score from 10 games reading just 119. The highest total at the venue in T20Is was 211/4 by Bangladesh while the lowest of 60 all-out belongs to New Zealand. There’s no clear toss advantage at the venue as the team batting first and second have a win scoreline of 28-26. 

Bangladesh – Expected XI and Team News 

Bangladesh have made a slew of changes to their squad that played in the T20 WC. Their star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who had suffered a grade 1 hamstring injury during the WC, will miss this T20I series. Mushfiqur Rahim has been rested from the T20 leg while Mohammad Saifuddin will be unavailable for the entirety of the series. Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar and Rubel Hossain have been left out of the squad. 

Probable XI – Mohammad Naim, Saif Hassan, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Nurul Hasan (wk), Mahmudullah (C), Afif Hossain, Mahedi Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Nasum Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Shoriful Islam 

Pakistan – Expected XI and Team News 

Pakistan have retained 17 out of 18 members of their squad that played the T20 World Cup. The only exception was Mohammad Hafeez, who requested to sit out in order to give opportunities to young players. Iftikhar Ahmed replaced him in the squad while Haider Ali is likely to get into the playing XI. With Imad Wasim and Asif Ali not named in the 12-member team announced by Pakistan, Khushdil Shah and Mohammad Nawaz will be fighting for the same slot. 

Probable XI – Babar Azam (captain), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Shoaib Malik, Khushdil Shah/Mohammad Nawaz, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf 

Head to head record of BAN vs PAK 

Pakistan have dominated the head to head numbers against Bangladesh, with 10 victories out of 12 clashes between the two teams. In the last five meetings, Pakistan have won three while the Bangla tigers have claimed two victories. 

Pakistan – 10 

Bangladesh – 2 

1st T20I: Five players to watch out for in the BAN vs PAK match 

Here we take a look at five key players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI: 

Babar Azam: Batter, Pakistan (Credit – 11)

Babar Azam has been an epitome of consistency in world cricket. He has been incredible for Pakistan at the top of the order in the shorter format, having scored over 2500 runs at an average of 48 and strike rate of 130. He has one hundred and 24 fifties to his credit in T20Is. Babar was the top run-getter in the T20 World Cup, where he scored 303 runs in six innings at an average of 61 while striking at 126 with four half centuries. 

Mohammad Rizwan: Batter, Pakistan (Credit – 10.5)

Mohammad Rizwan’s stocks in the T20 format rose immensely since he started opening the innings. Rizwan has had stellar numbers for Pakistan at the top, having amassed 1161 runs in 23 T20I innings as an opener at an average of 77 and strike rate of 136. Rizwan had an outstanding WC campaign, smashing 281 runs at an average of 70 while scoring at 128. 

Mahmudullah: Batter, Bangladesh (Credit – 9)

The Bangladesh captain has been one of their key players for a decade. Mahmudullah has bailed the team on countless occasions and will have a bigger role to play here in the absence of Shakib and Mushfiqur. He has 1940 runs in international T20s at an average of 25 and strike rate of 119. Mahmudullah scored 169 runs in the WC averaging 28 at a strike rate of 121. 

Haris Rauf: Bowler, Pakistan (Credit – 9)

One of the quickest bowlers in the world, Haris Rauf is Pakistan’s enforcer in the T20 format. The speedster has picked 36 wickets from 27 T20Is at an economy of 8.57, with the best of 4/22. Rauf was terrific for Pakistan in the world cup, picking 8 scalps at an economy of 7.30. 

Nasum Ahmed: Bowler, Bangladesh (Credit – 8.5)

The left arm orthodox spinner has had a good start to his international career. Nasum Ahmed has picked 22 wickets from 17 T20Is at an economy of just 6.75 rpo, including best figures of 4/10. Nasum Ahmed will be well matched against the right hand-heavy batting unit of Pakistan. 

MPL Fantasy XI 

Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams.

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