The first of the three-match T20I series between Pakistan and Bangladesh will be played at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.
The game will commence at 02:00 PM local (09:00 AM GMT) (2:30 PM IST). This match can be viewed on Sony ESPN and Sony ESPN HD. Live streaming will be available on Sony LIV.
Preview for Dream11 Fantasy
After a lot of deliberation, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has agreed to travel to Pakistan and the visitors will complete their tour in three instalments. The first of it starts with the three-match T20I series and all the games will be played at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. Bangladesh are without their talisman and wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim who refused to tour citing personal reasons.
Mahmudullah continues to lead the side while Tamim Iqbal also returns at the top of the order. All the players from the touring party participated in the BPL and the national team is coming off a series loss against India. Pakistan, on the other hand, lost to Australia in the T20I series and under Babar Azam’s leadership, will hope to revive their fortunes in the shortest format having lost six out of last seven T20Is.
The sun will be out shining in Lahore on Friday at 2 PM local time. There is no chance of rain whatsoever and we should get a full game. The temperature will hover around 17-19 Degrees Celsius during the match according to AccuWeather.
The surface at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore is very good for batting. There might be a bit of moisture in the pitch with this being a 2 PM start but the ball should come on the bat nicely. The spinners will most likely come into the game in the second innings. The team winning the toss is expected to bat first.
Average first innings score: 165 (Last three T20Is at the venue)
Record of the chasing teams: Won – 0; Lost – 3
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Probable Playing XIs
Babar Azam (C), Ahsan Ali, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Shoaib Malik, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Hasnain, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf.
Bench – Muhammad Musa, Usman Qadir, Amad Butt, Khushdil Shah.
Tamim Iqbal, Mohammad Naim Sheikh, Liton Das (wk), Soumya Sarkar, Mahmudullah (C), Afif Hossain, Mahedi Hasan, Aminul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Al-Amin Hossain, Rubel Hossain.
Bench – Najmul Hossain, Mohammad Mithun, Hasan Mahmud, Shafiul Islam.
Liton Das was the third-highest run-getter in the BPL scoring 455 runs in 15 innings at a strike-rate of 134.22. Tamim Iqbal was also at his best in the T20 competition with 396 in 12 innings at an average of 39.6. These two players will be key for Bangladesh. Mustafizur Rahman and Rubel Hossain picked 20 wickets each in the BPL 2019-20 and should look after the death bowling for Bangladesh in this series. Mohammad Naim (Sheikh) was the star player in the India series. Do not ignore him.
For Pakistan, Babar Azam continues to be key who pummelled runs in Australia and also in the Test series against Sri Lanka at home. The veterans Hafeez and Malik should also be among your top picks, especially the latter who amassed 455 runs in 15 innings at a strike-rate of 130 in the BPL.
With the ball, Haris Rauf looks an interesting prospect who was picked after a sensational BBL stint with the Melbourne Stars where he picked 16 wickets in just 7 innings. Shaheen Afridi is another bowler who can pick wickets at will. These players will be crucial in the Dream11 Fantasy side.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options – Babar Azam, Tamim Iqbal, Mohammad Hafeez
Vice-Captain Options – Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Naim (Sheikh), Haris Rauf
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Liton Das
Batters – Naim Sheikh, Babar Azam (C), Shoaib Malik
All-Rounders – Soumya Sarkar (VC), Mohammad Hafeez, Shadab Khan
Bowlers – Mustafizur Rahman, Aminul Islam, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Mohammad Rizwan
Batters – Tamim Iqbal (C), Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik (VC), Ahsan Ali
All-Rounders – Soumya Sarkar, Imad Wasim
Bowlers – Al Amin Hossain, Rubel Hossain, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf
Aminul Islam was effective against India in the T20I series picking four wickets in three matches and returned with economical figures as well. With Pakistan’s vulnerability against leg-spin in the Sri Lanka series, the leggie can earn quite a few Dream11 Fantasy points.
Shoaib Malik is also a good option to make C or VC as he has just returned from Bangladesh pummelling the same set of bowlers in the BPL.
Pakistan are expected to win this match.
*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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