Visitors Bangladesh will look to salvage some pride when they lock horns against Pakistan in the 3rd and inconsequential T20I at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. The Visitors haven’t been up to the mark and has faltered at crucial junctures of the game. The batting department hasn’t lived up to the expectations and that has resulted in pretty low scores in both the games so far. However, their bowlers waged a valiant effort in the opening clash to take the match to the final over.
However, in the 2nd T20I, it was great knocks from Babar Azam and experienced campaigner Mohammad Hafeez which ensured the hosts reached the target with 20 balls to spare. The bowling department has produced some impressive showing in both the matches and will look to continue the good work in an hour today.
Bangladesh top order has not looked settled at all and will look to come up with a big performance before the start of the ODI series in 10 days time. On the other hand, the bowlers will have their work cut out as well especially due to the fact that Babar Azam and Mohammad Hafeez has returned to form.
Pitch Conditions and Toss
Traditionally, the Gadaffi Stadium in Lahore has produced good batting-friendly wickets. Hence we should expect a high scoring match. The team winning the toss is expected to bat first and set up a huge score. However, what we saw in the first match might tempt the team winning the toss to choose otherwise. Like today we should be expecting an exciting encounter tomorrow.
Ahsan Ali, Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Shadab Khan, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Hasnain
Tamim Iqbal, Mohammad Naim, Afif Hossain, Liton Das (wk), Mahmudullah (c), Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Mithun, Aminul Islam, Shafiul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Al-Amin Hossain
Pakistan vs Bangladesh 3rd T20I
Date And Time: 27th January, Monday– 2: 30 pm IST
Venue: Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore
TV – Sony ESPN, Sony ESPN HD
Online– Sony LIV
Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Shadab Khan
Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudullah, Soumya Sarkar, Mustafizur Rahman
Top 4 batting order
Ahsan Ali, Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik,
Tamim Iqbal, Mohammad Naim Sheikh, Afif Hossain, Liton Das
Mohammad Rizwan, Iftikhar Ahmed, Babar Azam
Mohammad Naim Sheikh, Mahmudullah, Tamim Iqbal
Death over bowlers
Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf
Mustafizur Rahman, Al Amin Hossain
Liton Das will be the sole wicket-keeper in our dream XI team. He is a fine striker of the ball and has the magical ability to time the ball to perfection. Liton scored 12 of 13 deliveries in the opening match which included a couple of fours. He scored 8 in the 2nd clash and will look to make amends in the fi al clash.
Tamim Iqbal and Mohammad Naim Sheikh will be the first two players in this category. Both these batsmen looked in good touch during the opening clash and shared a fluent stand of 71 runs. However, it didn’t come at a fair clip as the duo took 11 overs for the partnership. While Tamim scored 39 of 34 deliveries including 4 fours and a solitary six, Naim scored 43 of 41 deliveries which were studded with 3 fours and a couple of maximums. Meanwhile, Tamim also looked in great touch during the 2nd T20I scoring a stroke-filled 65 off 53 deliveries. However, his partner missed out and was dismissed for a golden duck. But Naim is a fine player and will look to put up an impressive showing today.
Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik and Ahsan Ali will be the next three batsmen in our dream XI team. Babar was dismissed by a great delivery from Shafiul Islam in the 1st T20I. However, he looked at his ominous best and scored a brilliant 66 of 44 deliveries which included 7 fours and a six. His knock along with Mohammad Hafeez helped Pakistan chase the target down with utmost ease at the end.
Shoaib Malik proved to be the match-winner for Pakistan in the opening clash. He looked in great touch during his knock of 58 of 45 deliveries and ensured the hosts reached the target with 3 balls to spare. His innings was studded with 5 fours. On the other hand, newcomer Ahsan Ali looked in good touch during his stay at the crease. He struck 4 boundaries during his knock of 36 of 32 deliveries.
Mohammad Hafeez and Shadab Khan will be the two all-rounders in our dream XI team. The experienced campaigner proved his worth in the team during the 2nd clash when he remained unbeaten on 67 and shared a 137 runs unbroken stand with Babar Azam.
Shadab Khan, on the other hand, is a wicket-taking option with the ball and also has the ability to smash the big shots if required. He bagged a solitary wicket in the opening T20I and followed it up with one more in the 2nd clash.
Shafiul Islam, Shaheen Afridi and Mohammad Hasnain will be the three bowlers in our dream XI team. Shafiul was the pick of the Bangladesh bowlers during the opening T20I bagging a couple of wickets for just 27 runs. He bagged the prized wickets of Babar Azam and Iftikhar Ahmed. He was the only wicket-taker for Bangladesh in the 2nd encounter.
Shaheen Afridi was the pick of the Pakistan bowlers bagging a solitary wicket for just 23 runs in his 4 overs spell in the opening clash. He followed it up with a similar performance in the 2nd clash.
Meanwhile, Mohammad Hasnain bowled with hostility in the final encounter bagging two crucial wickets. He will look to finish the job well in the final clash.
Captain and Vice-captain
Babar Azam will be the captain of the day while Tamim Iqbal will be the vice-captain.
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