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PAK vs BAN, Asia Cup 2023 match: Fantasy Preview and MPL Top Picks

Match: Pakistan vs Bangladesh, Asia Cup 2023, 7th match (PAK vs BAN)

Date: September 5, Wednesday, 3.00 PM IST

Venue: Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore, Pakistan

Pakistan, the world’s no.1 ranked team in ODIs, became the first side to qualify for the Super Four after accumulating three points from their two matches with a net run-rate of +4.760. Boasting of some of the world’s best bowlers, Pakistan defeated Nepal by a big margin in their first game and followed that win with a great bowling effort against India in the eventually abandoned match.

The side has already announced their playing XI for their first Super Four game. They have made a solitary change from the XI that played against India. Pace bowling all-rounder Faheem Ashraf has replaced spin bowling all-rounder Mohammad Nawaz.

Pakistan will now be up against Bangladesh in the first match of the Super 4 at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on Wednesday, September 6th. Bangladesh come into the contest on the back of an 89-run win over Afghanistan, before which they lost by five wickets to Sri Lanka. The Shakib Al Hasan-led side bowled out Afghanistan for 245 after setting a target of 335. In their opening match, they were bowled out for 164 by Sri Lanka and were unable to defend the total. Unlike Pakistan, Bangladesh have not announced their playing XI for the match.

Ahead of the first Super 4 game of the Asia Cup 2023, here’s everything you need to know to win big on MPL.

Weather update and pitch report for PAK vs BAN, Asia Cup 2023, match 7

Going by how the two games played at this venue in the Asia Cup 2023 planned out, the wicket is batting friendly.  Bangladesh scored a big total of 334 batting first on this ground a couple of days ago. The captain winning the toss is likely to bat first. Overall, 71 ODIs have been played at the Gaddafi Stadium, from which the average first innings score is 252.

The weather will be pleasant. Rain has not been forecast.

Bangladesh team news and predicted XI

Team news: Najmul Hossain Shanto is out of Asia Cup 2023 with a hamstring injury. Meanwhile, Litton Das has flown to Pakistan to join the squad ahead of the Super 4 round.

Squad:  Shakib Al Hasan (c), Litton Das, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Towhid Hridoy, Mushfiqur Rahim, Afif Hossain, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taskin Ahmed, Hasan Mahmud, Mustafizur Rahman, Shoriful Islam, Nasum Ahmed, Mahedi Hasan, Mohammad Naim, Shamim Hossain, Tanzid Hasan and Tanzim Hasan.

Predicted XI: Mohammad Naim, Tanzid Hasan, Litton Das, Towhid Hridoy, Shakib Al Hasan(c), Mushfiqur Rahim(w), Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mahedi Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, Mustafizur Rahman

Pakistan team news and predicted XI

Team news: Pakistan have already announced their playing XI for this game. They have made a solitary change from the XI that played against India. Pace bowling all-rounder Faheem Ashraf has replaced spin bowling all-rounder Mohammad Nawaz.

Squad: Babar Azam (c), Abdullah Shafique, Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Salman Ali Agha, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Haris, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Usama Mir, Faheem Ashraf, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Afridi, Saud Shakeel, Tayyab Tahir

Predicted XI: Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam (C), Mohammad Rizwan (WK), Iftikhar Ahmed, Agha Salman, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf.

Head-to-head record

This will be the first ODI game between Bangladesh and Pakistan since the 2019 World Cup. In the 50-over format, the two sides have squared off in 37 matches, with Pakistan winning on 32 occasions. Bangladesh won 5 times. But in the last five meetings between the two, Bangladesh have won four wins, the last of which came at the 2019 World Cup. In the Asia Cup particularly, Bangladesh and Pakistan have played against each other 14 times. Out of these 14 games, Bangladesh have won two whereas Pakistan have come out victorious on 12 occasions.

Five players to watch out for

Here we list five players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI PAK vs BAN, Asia Cup 2023

Babar Azam – batter, Pakistan

Skipper of the Pakistan team, Babar Azam is currently the World no. 1 ODI batter. Azam scored a fine knock of 151 runs against Nepal, before missing out the opportunity to bat against India. He currently has an incredible batting average of 58.44 in ODIs.

Shaheen Afridi – bowler, Pakistan

The pace sensation bowled brilliantly in the first two matches. He picked up two wickets against Nepal for 27 runs and four wickets against India for 35 runs. In the match against India, he became the first bowler in the game’s history to dismiss Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma in the same innings. The 23-year-old is one of the most fearsome bowlers in the world currently. He has taken 82 wickets in 41 ODIs for Pakistan.

Iftikhar Ahmed – batter, Pakistan 

Iftikhar Ahmed scored an unbeaten 109 against Nepal, which is now also his highest knock in ODIs. He will be looking to replicate the performance in the Super 4 round. He has an impressive batting average of over 50 in 14 ODIs.

Shakib Al Hasan – allrounder, Bangladesh 

The skipper scored only five runs against Sri Lanka before scoring an unbeaten 32 against Afghanistan. He also picked up two wickets for just 29 runs against Sri Lanka. Going by the expectations fans have from Shakib, he has not yet delivered much in both the matches. But he still remains a top pick across fantasy platforms. He brings with him plenty of experience with which he will look to bounce back stronger in the must-win game.

Mehidy Hasan Miraz – batter, Bangladesh

The opener scored a fine century in the match against Afghanistan. He finished his innings on 112 runs off 119 balls, hitting seven boundaries and three sixes in the process. He also picked up a wicket. Miraz brings with him the experience of having played 79 ODIs for Bangladesh.

MPL fantasy XI – PAK vs BAN, Asia Cup 2023

BAN vs PAK – where and what time to watch the match live in India 

The Pakistan vs Bangladesh ODI will be televised on the Star Sports Network in India. You can also watch the game on the Disney + Hotstar app. The match will begin at 3.30 PM IST on September 5.

Check out our detailed guide on fantasy cricket for more tips and tricks.

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.





Umaima Saeed
A writer who primarily writes on cricket. As of 2021, she has covered cricket for more than a dozen publications.


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