On the one hand, Bangladesh have reached the end of the line in the Cricket World Cup 2019. Meanwhile, Pakistan still have the faintest of squeaks of reaching the semi-finals of the competition. They will need to demolish the Tigers here, though, and improve their net run rate quite considerably.
Whether it’s for points or mere pride, there is still plenty on the line when these two passionately-supported teams meet up at the end of the week.
What are the Cricket World Cup tips for Pakistan v Bangladesh?
On the back of a three-game winning streak, Pakistan unsurprisingly go into this game as favourites with bookmakers and cricket bettors alike. Best betting odds of 1.50 are available on Sarfaraz Ahmed’s side making that a fantastic four.
Tigers by name, tigers in spirit: Bangladesh won’t go down without a fight here. Fans of the outsiders can enjoy odds of 2.63 if they think Shakib Al Hasan and co. can spring an upset here.
It would be foolish to conclude that this is a game predicated on the abilities of one man. However, you sense that if Al Hasan does not come up with the goods for Bangladesh, then they will be defeated by a confident Pakistan outfit desperate to give themselves a chance of a semi-final berth.
Match Odds Summary: Pakistan 1.50 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick), Bangladesh 2.63.
What are the top batsman World Cup tips for Pakistan v Bangladesh?
– Pakistan Batsman Picks
None of the Bangladeshi bowlers have a tournament economy rate of under 5.00. The reason for that is simple: they bowl too many bad balls. The scene is set then for a left-handed batsman willing to stick around and take advantage. On that front, Imam-ul-Haq appeals in the Top Batsman market for Pakistan.
The bespectacled opener is a calming influence at the top of the order. Furthermore, he showed in his 44 against South Africa at Lord’s that this is a ground where he feels comfortable. Back Imam at 4.75 with bet365.
During the Pakistan innings much of the focus will be on Babar Azam (3.00 with Betway), their world-class number three, and the occasional ballistics of Fakhar Zaman (4.33) and Haris Sohail (6.50).
But as a right hander, Babar will face a real examination of his talents. These will come from the spinning darts of Al Hasan and the left-handed Mustafizur Rahman, who is one of the wiliest operators around with white ball in hand.
– Bangladesh Batsman Picks
For Bangladesh, Shakib Al Hasan is the second highest run scorer in the competition. In fact, Al Hasan has made more half centuries than any other player. As a lefty, he’s well-placed to deal with the angles bowled by fellow southpaws Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz. Therefore, the odds of 3.75 look great value.
The Bangladeshis have some fine support acts with the willow. This includes Tamim Iqbal (4.50) and Mushfiqur Rahim (5.00), principally. But, there is also the hard-hitting Mahmudullah at 9.00.
Top Batsman Odds Summary: Pakistan: Azam 3.00, Fakhar 4.33, Ul-Haq 4.75 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick), Sohail 6.50, Hafeez 6.50, Malik 8.00.
Bangladesh: Al Hasan 3.75 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick), Iqbal 4.50, Mushfiqur 5.00, Sarkar 5.50, Das 7.50, Mahmudullah 9.00.
What are the top bowler World Cup tips for Pakistan v Bangladesh?
Mohammad Amir has gone off the boil lately. The Pakistan seamer has taken a combined 1-108 from his last two games. The ball is unlikely to reverse either, which negates the impact of Wahab Riaz, too.
Lord’s is a ground famous for its slope, which can aid bowlers who hit the pitch hard and get the ball to talk. Shaheen Afridi fits the bill, and with seven wickets in his last two starts, the omens are very good indeed. Afridi will therefore be our final World Cup Satta pick for the match.
Top Pakistan Bowler in Match Odds Summary: Amir 3.40, Riaz 4.00, Afridi 5.00 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick), Khan 6.00, Hafeez 11.00.