PAK vs BAN Match Preview

Pakistan possesses a well-balanced team for this upcoming contest and aims to outperform Bangladesh in all aspects of the game. The opening pair of Fakhar Zaman and Imam Ul-Haq, who were unable to make a significant impact in the match against Nepal, will commence the proceedings with the bat.

Babar Azam, who has had an exceptional year thus far, will play a crucial role in the number-3 slot. He, along with Iftikhar Ahmed, formed a formidable partnership of 214 runs to propel Pakistan to a substantial total. The middle order will feature Mohammad Rizwan, Agha Salman, and Shadab Khan.

Although Pakistan's batting order is not weak, it is evident that they rely heavily on Babar Azam. However, their depth in batting provides them with a significant advantage over most other teams, including Bangladesh.

Pakistan currently boasts one of the finest pace attacks in the world. Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, and Naseem Shah are all capable of generating serious pace and are effective on all types of surfaces. Afridi, who picked up four wickets in the match against India, is currently in prime form. However, the spin attack remains a weakness for Pakistan, as they will have to depend on all-rounders Shadab Khan and Mohammad Nawaz.

In the previous match, Najmul Hossain Shanto and Mehidy Hasan Miraz exhibited an impressive demonstration of batting prowess, each scoring a century and achieving Bangladesh's second-highest partnership for the 3rd wicket. However, there is some concern regarding the form of other batsmen, such as Mohammad Naim, Towhid Hridoy, and Mushfiqur Rahim, who have yet to perform well. While all-rounders Shakib Al-Hasan, Shamim Hossain, and Afif Hossain provide depth to the batting lineup, their performance against a high-quality bowling attack remains to be seen.

Bangladesh's batting has often struggled in conditions that favor high-scoring games. They tend to fare better on surfaces where the ball grips and the run-rates are not excessively high. Unfortunately, the Gaddafi Stadium is unlikely to be conducive to their style of play.

The seam attack will be led by Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, and Hasan Mahmud, while the spin attack will consist of Shakib, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, and Afif Hossain. However, this bowling attack is not one that Pakistan is likely to be overly concerned about. None of the bowlers in this lineup are considered world-class, and even on their best day, they may struggle to outperform Pakistan's bowlers.

Weather Report

The weather is expected to remain clear. 

Pitch Report

The pitch at the Gaddafi Stadium is good to bat on and we can expect plenty of runs. The surface is flat and offers a good amount of bounce and pace, making it easier for the batsmen to play the shots. The team batting first will look to get as close to 300 as possible. The seamers will be rewarded with wickets, provided they are disciplined with the line and length.

Notable stats

Litton Das’ consistent batting

Litton Das is in good form of late. He has scored 268 runs in his last 8 innings at an average of 44.67 and a strike rate of 95.71.

Team News

Najmul Hossain Shanto will miss the rest of the tournament and will be replaced by Litton Das. 


PAK vs BAN Probable 11

PAK Playing 11

  • Fakhar Zaman
  • Imam Ul-Haq
  • Babar Azam (C)
  • Agha Salman
  • Iftikhar Ahmed
  • Mohammad Rizwan (Wk)
  • Mohammad Nawaz
  • Shadab Khan
  • Haris Rauf
  • Naseem Shah
  • Shaheen Shah Afridi

BAN Playing 11

  • Litton Das
  • Mohammad Naim
  • Mehidy Hasan Miraz
  • Shakib Al-Hasan (C)
  • Mushfiqur Rahim (Wk)
  • Towhid Hridoy
  • Shamim Hossain
  • Afif Hossain
  • Taskin Ahmed
  • Shoriful Islam
  • Hasan Mahmud
This is not the official playing 11 for the match. This is a prediction of the expected playing 11 for each team based on the writers analysis.

Dream11 Prediction

We are backing Pakistan to win this match. They have been in good form in this tournament and have a well-balanced team at their disposal. They have an unblemished record against Bangladesh at home and we expect them to maintain it. 


Top Picks

Babar Azam: Babar Azam is the top-ranked ODI batsman in the world. In this calendar year, he has scored 689 runs at an average of 57.41.

Shadab Khan: Shadab Khan is a handy all-rounder for Pakistan. He has scored 725 runs in his career and has also picked up 81 wickets.

Shakib Al-Hasan: Shakib Al-Hasan is the number-1 all-rounder in ODIs according to the latest ICC rankings. In 2023, he has scored 413 runs and has also picked up 13 wickets. 


PAK vs BAN Dream11 Team 1

Keeper: M Rizwan

Batters: B Azam (C), I Haq, I Ahmed

All-rounders: S Al Hasan (VC), S Khan, M Hasan Miraz

Bowlers: S Afridi, H Rauf, T Ahmed, N Shah

PAK vs BAN Dream11 Prediction - OCB Team Prediction