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

Date: November 26-30, 2021 – 9:30 AM IST

Venue: Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chattogram, Bangladesh 

Where and what time to watch the match live in India 

Bangladesh vs Pakistan series will not be available on live television in India. However, the Indian viewers can catch the first Test live on the online live sports streaming platform, FanCode application at 9:30 AM IST on matchdays. 

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

After Pakistan clean swept Bangladesh in the T20 series by 3-0, the two teams will head into the two-match Test series. The caravan moves to Chattogram, where they will face off in the first Test at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium from November 26. 

This series is important for both the teams for the progress in the second edition of the World Test Championship. Pakistan have 12 points to their name from two Tests they played on the West Indies tour. They lost the first game narrowly by one wicket but bounced back to win the second by 109 runs and level the series. Pakistan, who have dominated Bangladesh in the longer format, will be eyeing a full 24 points from this series. 

This will be Bangladesh’s first series in the WTC cycle. They have played three Test series this year, first of which was against West Indies at home, where they lost 2-0. Bangladesh then toured Sri Lanka in April, losing a Test and managing to draw one. Bangladesh played a Test in Zimbabwe in July, winning by 220 runs. 

Pitch Report of BAN vs PAK, 1st Test 

The pitches at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram are very good to bat on for the first three days. The average first and second innings scores of 372 and 342 from 20 Test matches establish it further. The spinners will get plenty of assistance off the deck as the match progresses. The average third innings score here reads 234 while the number comes down to 215 in the fourth innings. The highest total recorded at the venue in Tests was 713/9 by Sri Lanka while the lowest of 119 all-out belongs to Bangladesh. The weather forecast suggests the first two days will be sunny and partly cloudy for the next three days, with the temperature hovering around 29°. 

Bangladesh – Expected XI and Team News 

Bangladesh’s veteran opener Tamim Iqbal could not make the squad due to an injury while the pace duo of Taskin Ahmed and Shoriful Islam is also sidelined due to injury concerns. Star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan’s fitness is also under the clouds and the final decision on him will be taken just before the match. Bangladesh have brought in top order batter Mahmudul Hasan and Rejaur Rahman Raja in the squad.

Probable XI – Saif Hassan, Shadman Islam, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mominul Haque (c), Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan/Yasir Ali, Liton Das (wk), Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taijul Islam, Abu Jayed, Rejaur Rahman Raja 

Pakistan – Expected XI and Team News 

Pakistan have left out Haris Rauf, Imran Butt and Shahnawaz Dahani for this series. Leg-spinner Yasir Shah also missed out due to an injury, with Bilal Asif replacing him. Imam-ul-Haq has been recalled to the side and will open the innings along with Abid Ali. Pakistan handed a maiden call-up to middle-order batter Kamran Ghulam, who had a terrific season in domestic cricket. Faheem Ashraf and Mohammad Nawaz could be fighting for the all-rounder’s spot. 

Probable XI – Abid Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam (c), Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Faheem Ashraf/Mohammad Nawaz, Nauman Ali, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Bilal Asif 

Head to head record of BAN vs PAK 

The head to head record between these two teams is completely lopsided in the longest format, with Pakistan winning 10 out of 11 matches and the remaining one ending in a draw. 

Pakistan – 10 

Bangladesh – 0 

Draw – 1 

1st Test: 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: 

Azhar Ali: Batter, Pakistan (Credit – 9)

Azhar Ali has been one of the top batters for Pakistan in Test cricket. The 36yr old has amassed 6641 runs from 89 Tests at a very good average of 43. Azhar Ali has scored 18 centuries and 33 fifties in Tests, including the highest score of 302*. He has a terrific record in Asia, with 3912 runs at an average of 53. 12 of his 18 centuries have come in these conditions. 

Mominul Haque: Batter, Bangladesh (Credit – 9)

Mominul Haque has been an important figure for Bangladesh in red-ball cricket. The 30yr old left-hander has played 45 Tests, scoring 3349 runs at an average of 43. Mominul Haque has registered 11 hundreds and 14 fifties in this format. Mominul, in his last 10 matches, has scored 791 runs at an average of 47. 

Babar Azam: Batter, Pakistan (Credit – 10.5)

Amongst the best players in the world across all three formats, Babar Azam is a key part of the Pakistan batting unit. He has scored 2362 runs in 35 Tests at an average of 43, including five hundreds and 18 fifties. Babar has been sublime in Asian conditions, having scored over 1000 runs at an average of 55. He struggled in the T20 leg but expect him to bounce back.  

Hasan Ali: Bowler, Pakistan (Credit – 8.5)

Hasan Ali has been an integral part of the Pakistan bowling attack in Test cricket. He has taken 63 wickets in 15 Tests at a magnificent 22.46 runs per wicket. The right-arm medium pacer has five five-fers and one 10-fer to his name. In his six Tests this year, Hasan Ali has claimed 32 wickets at an outstanding average of 16.32, with four five-fers. 

Mehidy Hasan Miraz: All-rounder, Bangladesh (Credit – 9)

The off-spinning all-rounder has been very good for Bangladesh in the longest format over the last few years. Mehidy Hasan Miraz has 113 wickets in 27 games at an average of 33, including eight five-fers and two 10-fers. He has scored 894 runs with the bat lower down the order at an average of 20. Mehidy has picked 27 wickets in the last eight matches. 

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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