Bangladesh will face off Pakistan in their first warm-up fixture before the real action unfolds at the ICC Cricket World Cup, England and Walest-2019 at the Sophia Gardens Cricket Ground in Cardiff today.
The 50-over match will kick off at 3:30pm Bangladesh time. This will not be considered as an official ODI.
Bangladesh appeared at the Cardiff Wales Stadium, currently known as Sophia Gardens Cricket Ground at 2:00pm. They poured their sweats through honing their skills and techniques under the guideline of the head coach Steve Rhodes and other coaching staffs before clashing against Pakistan.
Despite being a warp-up match, the Tigers will seek to continue their winning way against Pakistan what they had started from the tri-national series in Ireland. They will not give any chance to Pakistan, who suffered a three-wicket loss to Afghanistan in their first warm-up game on Friday.
Fit-again Shakib Al Hasan batted at net for a longer period along with the other players likes of Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah Riyad, Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman Rumman, Mosaddek Hossain Saikat, Mohammad Mithun, Liton Kumar Das.
On the other hand, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Abu Jayed Chowdhury Rahi also bowled at net to take their preparation.
Rhodes and Rayan Cook guided them on fielding practice so that the players don’t repeat the same mistake of spilling catches in the match.
Pakistan, on the other hand, will also look to find winning ways against Bangladesh, before the real action unfolds at the showpiece event in World Cup.
Things aren’t looking great for Pakistan ahead of the World Cup as they’ve remained winless in their last 11 one day internationals. Their three-wicket loss to Afghanistan in their first warm-up match only deepened concerns. At 203/4 in the 38th over, they were on course for getting an above par first innings total. But the lower middle-order collapse restricted their innings to 262 all-out in the 48th over.
Their bowling unit seemed much the same like it was in the recently concluded ODI series against England, failing to produce wickets for most part of the innings. Mohammad Amir went wicket-less in his six overs, bowling at an average speed of 82.6 mph, markedly slower than his normal pace. Wahab Riaz’s late burst was the only significant positive but the game was far gone by then. The Sarfaraz Ahmed-led side will look to capitalise their final chance to make amends, before they take on West Indies on 31 May in Nottingham in the tournament proper.
Bangladesh come fresh from a tri-series win in Ireland, after they beat West Indies in a rain-affected final. After being clean-swept in New Zealand earlier in the year, the series saw great results for them with significant contributions from their senior players like Shakib Al Hasan, Soumya Sarkar, Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim. New comer Abu Jayed, whose spot was uncertain in the final World Cup squad earlier, too produced a match winning spell of 5/58 against Ireland.
Bangladesh, who had caused the biggest upset at the World Cup 2015, knocking the current hosts England out of the competition, will look to maintain their good form and try to get a settled combination before their campaign gets underway against South Africa on 2 June.