BIRMINGHAM – Confident Pakistan will play their first warm-up match against defiant Bangladesh at Edgbaston, Birmingham today (Saturday) before the main round of ICC Champions Trophy.
Bangladesh are currently in their historically prime form, as they have reached England after beating New Zealand in Ireland.
This was Bangladesh’s first ever away win against New Zealand. With this win, Bengal Tigers have jumped up to 6th position in the ICC ODI Team Rankings.
There leader Mashrafe Murtaza, the senior player and star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan and premier fast bowler Mustafizur Rehman are in the prime form.
#CT17: Pakistan vs Bangladesh
Pakistan 342/8 (49.3/50) (Target: 342)
Fahim – 64
Hasan – 27
This over: 6 3 4
Pakistan need 342 runs to win this match
Bangladesh – 341/8 (50/50)
Mehadi – 13
Sunzamul – 0
This over: 1b 1 0 W 0 2 1,W
Pressure would be on Pakistan when they meet Bangladesh today at Edgbaston. Given the tournament will not be a very long affair, both the teams would want to get rhythm before the main round.
Given the tournam7nt will not be a very long affair, both the teams would want to get acclimatized to the conditions as quickly as possible. Moreover, both the teams will also want to get their combinations right and identify the best possible playing XI before the main round comes calling.
Moreover, three of Pakistan’s four losses against Bangladesh have come in last year and a half, which gives a good account of Bangladesh’s rise in ODI cricket. This, however, will be a fresh start, a new beginning, and both teams will start from the same point. A win here will help them to gain momentum in the immensely competitive tournament.
ICC Champions Trophy 2017 Live Streaming & TV Information
Australia: Channel 9, Fox Sports.
Afghanistan: Lemar TV, Star Sports India.
Bangladesh: GTV, Star Sports India
USA: ESPN3, Willow TV
Sri Lanka: SLRC Channel Eye, Star Sports India
Caribbeans, South America, Central America: ESPN
South Africa: Super Sports
Middle East: OSN Sports
Canada: SportsNet, WillowTV Paci×c Islands,
Papua New Guinea: Fiji TV, SKY Paci×c
Singapore: Star Cricket Starhub & Singtel
Hong Kong: Star Cricket – PCCW
Netherlands: Fox Sports Wales
Ireland: Sky Sports 2
Rest of the world: Hotstar
Pakistan vs Bangladesh Squads for CT17
SQUAD: Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), Tamim Iqbal, Somya Sarkar, Imrul Kayes, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Sabbir Rahman, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehdi Hasan, Sunzamul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed, Rubel Hossain, Shafiul Islam
SQUAD: Sarfraz Ahmed (Captain, wk), Ahmed Shehzad, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Fahim Ashraf, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Hafiz, Mohammad Amir, Junaid Khan, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Fakhar Zaman