Update March 16, 2016

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Bangladesh, Pakistan likely XI

Sumel Sarker

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Bangladesh, Pakistan likely XI

16 March 2016, Nirapad News: Bangladesh will take on Pakistan in a Group 2 match in the ongoing ICC World T20 2016 at the iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Wednesday (March 16). The kick-off time is 3.00pm local, 3.30pm BdST, 9.30 GMT.

For the Tigers, who beat the Green Shirts in the recently concluded Asia Cup and finished runners-up in the tournament, it will be a special occasion. The team from the erstwhile East Bengal will play at the famous venue in West Bengal after 25 years! And their opponents in the erstwhile West Pakistan will also make the occasion special.

read more at : Bangladesh 5 – 0 Pakistan

Pakistan will be wary of the strengths and weaknesses of Bangladesh. The Shahid Afridi-led outfit might not have had the best of times in T20 cricket recently but the 2009 edition champions would know it is the right time to answer back their critics.

If Mustafizur Rahman is declared fit, it will be a straight swap between him and Abu Haider Rony. However, Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza wasn’t sure on Tuesday whether or not Mustafizur would play against Pakistan. Bangladesh are likely to field four quicks, and Arafat Sunny may be sidelined again.

Bangladesh (Likely XI)

1 Tamim Iqbal
2 Soumya Sarkar
3 Sabbir Rahman
4 Mushfiqur Rahim
5 Shakib Al Hasan
6 Mahmudullah Riyad
7 Mohammad Mithun
8 Mashrafe Bin Mortaza (capt)
9 Al-Amin Hossain
10 Mustafizur Rahman/Abu Haider Rony
11 Taskin Ahmed

Pakistan might opt for the extra spinner in Imad Wasim. They will pitch Ahmed Shehzad in the opening slot while Wahab Riaz is likely to play ahead of Mohammad Sami, who was injured a fortnight ago and yet to recover. Though skipper Shahid Afridi picked up a fever yesterday.

Pakistan (Likely XI)

1 Sharjeel Khan
2 Ahmed Shehzad
3 Mohammad Hafeez
4 Sarfraz Ahmed (wk)
5 Shoaib Malik
6 Umar Akmal
7 Shahid Afridi (capt)
8 Imad Wasim
9 Mohammad Amir
10 Wahab Riaz
11 Mohammad Irfan

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