PAK vs BAN Match Preview

The Pakistani batsmen have performed adequately thus far, with Mohammad Rizwan emerging as their leading scorer with 333 runs. He is expected to play a crucial role in the middle order once again. Abdullah Shafique has consistently delivered as an opener, achieving two half-centuries and a century in just five innings.

Babar Azam has recently regained his form, impressively scoring three half-centuries in his last four innings. However, the performances of other batsmen such as Imam Ul-Haq, Iftikhar Ahmed, and Mohammad Nawaz have been inconsistent.

Leading the bowling attack with the new ball will be Shaheen Shah Afridi, who has already taken 13 wickets. Haris Rauf and Muhammad Waseem Jr. complete the seamers' trio in the team. Unfortunately, Pakistan's struggles in the spin department persist, as the sole specialist Usama Mir has been conceding over 7 runs per over.

Bangladesh's performance has been disappointing across all aspects of the game. From the opening pair of Litton Das and Tanzid Hasan to the experienced bowlers Mustafizur Rahman and Taskin Ahmed, the players have lacked the determination and drive to secure victories.

Even skipper Shakib Al-Hasan, who was a standout performer in the 2019 World Cup, has struggled to replicate his past success, only managing to score 61 runs and take 7 wickets so far. Najmul Hossain Shanto, the team's most successful batsman in 2023, has also underperformed, averaging just 16.60 in this tournament.

The team's top-scorer, Mahmudullah, has been the only consistent performer with 218 runs. Shoriful Islam has been the most successful bowler for Bangladesh, taking 8 wickets, while Taskin Ahmed and Mustafizur Rahman have only managed to take 8 wickets combined.

In terms of spin, Shakib will rely on Mehidy Hasan Miraz for support, while Mahedi Hasan provides an additional option during the middle overs.

Weather Report

The weather will remain clear with warm and humid conditions. The temperature will be between 27-32 degrees Celsius.

Pitch Report

The pitch at the Eden Gardens is known to provide an even contest between the bat and the ball. The surface is hard with plenty of grass, which allows the ball to come nicely onto the bat. While the average first-inning score here is around 235, teams batting first will look to get at least 270-280 runs to put pressure on the opposition.

Seamers who are disciplined with their line and length will be rewarded. 


Notable stats

Abdullah Shafique: Silver Lining for Pakistani in CWC 2023

Abdullah Shafique is shaping up to be a reliable top-order batsman for Pakistan. He has scored 316 runs in his last 6 matches at an average of 52.67 and a strike rate of 90.54.

Team News

There are no updates regarding injuries from either side. 


PAK vs BAN Probable 11

PAK Playing 11

  • Abdullah Shafique
  • Imam Ul-Haq
  • Babar Azam (C)
  • Saud Shakeel
  • Mohammad Rizwan (Wk)
  • Mohammad Nawaz
  • Iftikhar Ahmed
  • Shadab Khan
  • Shaheen Shah Afridi
  • Haris Rauf
  • Muhammad Waseem Jr.

BAN Playing 11

  • Tanzid Hasan
  • Litton Das
  • Najmul Hossain Shanto
  • Mushfiqur Rahim (Wk)
  • Mehidy Hasan Miraz
  • Shakib Al-Hasan (C)
  • Mahmudullah
  • Mahedi Hasan
  • Taskin Ahmed
  • Shoriful Islam
  • Mustafizur Rahman
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. While both the teams have struggled to perform, Pakistan has a better set of players and quite a few potential match-winners who can help the team bounce back. On the other hand, Bangladesh has been below par on all fronts, and given their poor ODI record against Pakistan, they will be very low on confidence been they take the field. 


Top Picks

Mohammad Rizwan: Mohammad Rizwan is Pakistan’s top run-getter in this tournament. He has scored 484 runs in the last 10 matches at an average of 80.67 and a strike rate of 96.99.

Babar Azam: After a slow start, Babar Azam is slowly picking up steam and has scored 3 half-centuries in his last 4 innings.

Mehidy Hasan Miraz: Mehidy Hasan is Bangladesh’s best all-rounder in this tournament. He has scored 144 runs and also picked up 6 wickets. 


PAK vs BAN Dream11 Team 1

Keeper: M Rizwan (C)

Batters: B Azam (VC), I Haq, A Shafique, Mahmudullah, S Al Hasan

All-rounders: M Hasan Miraz, I Ahmed

Bowlers: S Afridi, H Rauf, S Islam

PAK vs BAN Dream11 Prediction - OCB Team Prediction