Pakistan versus Bangladesh is going to be a very good match. Mathematically, Pakistan still has a chance to make it to the semis. But they face an improbable task. If they bat first then only it can happen, they will have to make around 450 and bundle out Bangladesh before 320. But they will want to win it.
Bangladesh is one of the teams who have done very well in the tournament. Their critics are saying that they haven’t beaten any big team. But I will say that West Indies and South Africa are big teams. Let’s not be critical about them.
Mashrafe Mortaza’s side has done very well. They competed right till the end against India. They even competed against England and Australia. They made 340 chasing against Australia. They chased down 320 and won against West Indies. Shakib Al Hasan for me, the player of the tournament by a mile. He is batting superbly with such good consistency. He is a champion.
So, this will be a great match at the Lord’s. The ball will be turning a bit. Bangladesh spinners might come into play. I feel that Bangladesh will play this match with a lot of effort and Pakistan will become disillusioned. If Bangladesh manage to win this match, it will become a very big statement. And somehow, I get the feeling that Bangladesh will beat Pakistan at the Lord’s.
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