Match Preview

Bangladesh will face Pakistan in the 2nd Test on 4 December at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur. Pakistan, who were down in the first Test at one stage, came back to win by eight wickets owing to top-class bowling from Shaheen Shah Afridi. Bangladesh should be dissatisfied with themselves for failing to finish the first Test match despite being in a winning position on multiple occasions. Instead, they allowed the momentum to ebb and eventually lost the match.

Pitch and Weather Report

The pitch is inclined more towards the bowling side and chasing would be easier.

Clear Skies with temperatures at 31 – 32° C


Total matches                                                      51

Matches won batting first                                   23

Matches won bowling first                                  28

Average 1st Inns scores                                     140

Average 2nd Inns scores                                    128

Highest total recorded                                         225/7 (20 Ov) by IRE vs AFG

Lowest total recorded                                          87/10 (18.3 Ov) by HK vs OMAN

Highest score chased                                          66/4 (19 Ov) by NAM vs NED

Lowest score defended                                        129/6 (20 Ov) by ENG vs PAK

Top Wicket-Keeper pick

1) Mohammad Rizwan – Due to his offensive stroke play and wicket-keeping skills, Rizwan became a fixture of Pakistan’s Test squad, bringing significant balance to the squad’s composition. His gritty yet remarkable skills will be beneficial for the upcoming match.

Matches – 18

Runs – 919

Average – 39.95

2) Liton Das – The right-handed batsman is a compact batter with excellent defensive technique and fine stroke play flare. He is a reliable pick for the upcoming match.

Matches – 26

Runs – 1402

Average – 32.60

Top 4 Batsman Picks

1) Mushfiqur Rahim – Rahim is an absolute dynamo behind the stumps, he epitomises the clichéd definition of a wicket-keeper. He’s short, nimble behind the stumps, always chuntering around, and a fantastic batsman.

Matches – 76

Runs – 4803

Average – 37.23

2) Shadman Islam – He made an impression with a respectable half-century in his maiden innings. Shadman has had a lot of opportunities in his international career thus far, but the next step will be to capitalise on them. In terms of potential, he has what it takes to be Bangladesh’s long-serving red-ball opener.

Matches – 9

Runs – 492

Average – 30.75

3) Babar Azam – He is a top-order batter with fluid batting ability and has shown flashes of remarkable stroke-making skill. He played phenomenal innings in his past few matches.

Matches – 36

Runs – 2385

Average – 42.58

4) Abid Ali – Abid has accumulated over 10,000 runs across all forms and has been a steady run-getter. He is a regular opener with a sturdy technique and agile footwork, and his style of play makes him useful in red-ball cricket as well as in ODIs, where he can anchor the innings while still scoring at a reasonable rate.

Matches – 15

Runs – 1141

Average – 49.60

Top 4 Bowler Picks

1) Mehidy Hasan – His uncanny accuracy is his greatest asset, especially on tracks that aid spinners. Mehidy Hasan, with his boyish appearance, would strive to be the lead spinner on whom Bangladesh would have to rely on the humdrum middle overs.

Matches – 28

Wickets – 115

Economy – 3.21

 2) Taijul Islam –  His ability to control the score but also make breakthroughs delighted the selectors, who thought his flatter trajectory would add diversity to the side’s other spin options. In Bangladesh, spin is a widespread commodity, particularly among left-arm tweakers, and as a result, competition for spots is fierce. Taijul has the potential, but with the quantity of talent he has to contend with, the margin for error is quite little.

Matches – 34

Wickets – 142

Economy – 3.09

 3) Shaheen Afridi – There is no dispute about Shaheen Afridi’s frighteningly limitless potential. Afridi, like his famous namesake, is blessed with a tall gangly frame and the ability to bowl really fast. He can also strike the ball hard with his good batting skills.

Matches – 20

Wickets – 83

Economy – 3.03

4) Hasan Ali – A modern-day fast bowler who relies on variations rather than raw pace, a breed that is rarely seen in Pakistan. A silky smooth motion that aids in his cost-effective approach to the crease.

Matches – 16

Wickets – 70

Economy – 3.09

Top All-rounder Pick

1) Faheem Ashraf – Given the presence of several all-rounders in the team, Faheem Ashraf will have to work much harder to establish himself as a regular member of the playing XI. And if the youthful all-rounder continues to perform well on a continuous basis in the near future, he will undoubtedly prove to be an important member of the squad.

Matches – 12

Runs – 632

Average – 35.11

Wickets – 22

Economy – 2.95

Predicted Playing 11

BAN: Shadman Islam, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mominul Haque, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Liton Das, Mehidy Hasan, Taijul Islam, Taskin Ahmed, Ebadot Hossain, Mahmudul Hasan Joy.

PAK: Abdullah Shafique, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan, Faheem Ashraf, Nauman Ali, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Sajid Khan.


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Poll Winning Percentage

Bangladesh – 49%

Pakistan – 51%

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