A confident-looking Bangladesh will have the chance to continue their winning momentum by adding further misery to an already down and out Pakistan when they face them in their first practice match for the ICC Cricket World Cup at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff on May 26.
Bangladesh team is high on confidence after crushing West Indies and Ireland in the recently concluded tri-nation in Ireland, to win their first trophy in a multi-nation tournament in almost 22 years.
Pakistan, on the other hand, is going through a very rough patch as they failed to register a single victory in their last 10 one-day international matches.
The former World Cup winners were clean-swept by Australia in a five-match series in the United Arab Emirates in March before suffering a 4-0 defeat against England in another five-match series in England in May.
After the series-opener was rained-out on May 8, Pakistan lost their next four matches on the trot, with them losing their next three matches despite posting over 340 runs on the board on all three occasions.
Pakistan’s top-order batsmen– Fakhar Zaman, Imam-Ul-Haq and Babar Azam– struck a hundred each in those matches but their efforts in the end couldn’t yield the desired results as their bowling attack let them down throughout the series.
The sorry sight of the Pakistani bowlers forced their management to make three changes to their 15-man World Cup squad, as they decided to include the previously excluded fast-bowling duo of Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz.
Bangladesh’s recent record against the Asian rivals should give the Tigers further confidence as they are undefeated against Pakistan in ODIs since 2015, beating them in all four occasions, thrice in the three-match series in 2015 and once in the last year’s Asia Cup.
Bangladesh is trailing Pakistan by quite a lot in terms of wins in ODIs between the countries, as they have won only five of the 36 matches but they surprisingly possess a 100 per cent win percentage against them in World Cups.
Bangladesh’s only encounter against Pakistan in World Cups came in the 1999 World Cup, where Bangladesh pulled off an upset by defeating Pakistan, who later went onto play the final of the tournament, in their very first participation in the tournament.
The two sides will clash in their second World Cup match on July 7, in Bangladesh’s last group-stage match of the tournament.
Bangladesh will play against India in their second practice match on May 28 while Pakistan will play their first practice match against Afghanistan on May 24.
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