Mirpur: Having registered resounding back-to-back victories, hosts Bangladesh are expected to put up a tough fight against Pakistan despite the absence of their main strike bowler Mustafizur Rahaman in an Asia Cup round robin league encounter, here today.
It will be a must-win game for both teams aiming to make it to the finals of the continental championship ahead of the ICC World T20.
Especially for Bangladesh, who despite their recent exploits in the ODI circuit, are still not taken very seriously in the shortest format. For Mashrafe Mortaza and his men, it will be an opportunity to prove their critics wrong and also gain the much needed confidence required before boarding the flight to India for the global event.
The injury to Mustafizur is something that will be a cause of concern for the home team. Mustafizur’s variations would have no doubt troubled the Pakistan batting line-up, which has looked shaky despite their seven wicket win against United Arab Emirates the other day.
The presence of the left-arm seamer during the death overs would have increased pressure on the Pakistanis, who have not been at their best in the two matches they played so far. But the good news for Bangladesh is the return of senior opener Tamim Iqbal, who is back after the birth of his first child.