ABU DHABI: Bangladesh wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim’s half-century neutralised the pressure created by Pakistan after taking back-to-back three wickets within five overs of the game in the Asia Cup match at Abu Dhabi Stadium.
The match is a virtual semi-final of the tournament as the winner of today’s game will take on India in the final on September 28 (Friday).
Junaid Khan made a strong comeback in the place of Muhammad Aamir with his dismissals of openers Soumya Sarkar and Liton Das for six and duck respectively.
Aamir has been dropped out for going wicketless in his last five ODIs.
Shaheen Shah Afridi with a seaming delivery bowled Mominul Haque at five.
Bangladesh have made three changes to their side with Soumya Sarkar, Rubel Hossain and Mominul Haque replacing Nazmul Islam, Hossain Shanto and Shakib al Hasan.
For both the teams, the game is nothing less than a semi-final with the winner of the match facing India in the final of the tournament on September 28.
Pakistan were handed a nine-wicket thumping at the hands of arch-rivals India on Sunday while Bangladesh and Afghanistan played a last ball thrilling encounter with Bangladesh winning the game by three runs.
Both teams have had individual performances but have fallen flat in the face of pressure with Shoaib Malik chipping in with important runs for the men in green and Mustafizur Rahman’s bowling in the last five overs fast becoming his biggest strength for the Bangladeshis.
Bangladesh playing XI
Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), Liton Das, Mohammad Mithun, Soumya Sarkar, Momin-ul-Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim, Imrul Kayes, Mahmudullah Riyad, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain
Pakistan playing XI
Sarfraz Ahmed (capt), Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi