The ICC World Cup 2019 is less than a week away, and the Cricketing world just can’t keep calm. From fans to pundits, the excitement and anticipation have been overwhelming. With the official tournament to kickstart on 30th May, all the teams are sweating it out in the warm-up games to get into the action. Bangladesh will play their first practice match against the Pakistan team at the Sophia Gardens, Cardiff.

Pakistan has been struggling to find their feet in the limited-overs cricket over the last few years. After the 5-0 whitewash against Australia, Pakistan was hammered in their previous series against England to make things worse. Sarfraz Ahmed will be under scrutiny if they don’t end up beating Bangladesh in their last warm-up match before the official tournament begins. Babar Azam and Imam-ul-Haq have been consistently performing well for the Green Army while their bowling department needs to step-up in the times of adversity. Pakistan would be hoping for a comprehensive performance against Bangladesh and end their losing streak.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh can be the dark horses in this edition of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Masrafe Mortaza has a bunch of exciting players who can outplay any team on their day. Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Mustafizur Rahman, and Mosaddek Hossain will have the responsibility to score plenty of runs top of the order while World No.1 ODI All-rounder, Shakib Al Hasan’s performance will be pivotal to Bangladesh’s success in this World Cup. Though Rubel Hossain and Mustafizur Rahman will spearhead the pace attack, Bangladesh lacks variations and effective spin wicket-taking options in the middle overs.

 

Match Details

 

Date: Sunday, 26th May 2019

Time: 03:00 PM IST

Venue: Sophia Gardens, Cardiff

League: ICC World Cup 2019

Live Telecast: Star Network

Online Streaming: Hotstar

  

Venue Stats

 

Avg 1st Innings score: 227

Avg 2nd Innings score: 216

Highest Total: 342/8 (50 Ov) by Eng vs AUS

Lowest Total: 138/10 (37.5 Ov) by SL vs NZ

Highest Chased: 304/6 (48.2 Ov) by PAK vs Eng

Lowest Defended: 169/10 (23.3 Ov) by Eng vs NZ

Team News

 

Pakistan

  • Asif Ali might come back to feature in this last practice game before the upcoming World Cup.

Bangladesh

  • Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar will complement each other at the top of the order.
  • Mehidy Hasan and Shakib Al Hasan will be the X-factor for the Bangladesh tigers in this tournament.

 

Squads

 

Pakistan

Sarfaraz Ahmed (C & W), Shoaib Malik, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Fakhar Zaman, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Haris Sohail, Imam-ul-Haq, Asif Ali, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi and Mohammad Hasnain

Bangladesh

Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), Abu Jayed, Liton Das (wk), Mahmudullah, Mehidy Hasan, Mohammad Mithun (wk), Mohammad Saifuddin, Mosaddek Hossain, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Shakib Al Hasan, Soumya Sarkar, Tamim Iqbal

 

Key players

 

Pakistan

  • Imam-ul-Haq
  • Babar Azam
  • Wahab Riaz

Bangladesh

  • Tamim Iqbal
  • Mushfiqur Rahim
  • Shakib al Hasan