After their recent Asia Cup win, Bangladesh threaten to upset Pakistan’s applecart as they clash in the Super-10 stage of the ICC T20 World Cup at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens on Wednesday. Catch live scores and live updates of Pakistan vs Bangladesh here. (LIVE SCORECARD | POINTS TABLE | NEWS | VIDEOS | WHERE TO SEE LIVE STREAMING?)
Pakistan and Bangladesh have had contrasting build-ups to their first match in the T20 World Cup. While Bangladesh have played continuously since the Asia Cup final against India in Mirpur on March 6, Pakistan were mostly confined to the nets.
Pakistan have lost their last two T20 internationals against Bangladesh. The Asia Cup defeat was the latest. Given Pakistan’s potential and ability, they can stun the best teams in the world on their day. And Bangladesh are aware. On paper, Shahid Afridi’s team will be favourites, no matter what the odds say.
Kolkata is a happy hunting ground for Pakistan. Afridi may not get crowd support in spite of his ‘India love’ comment. Given the fact that Kolkata’s next game will be the India versus Pakistan blockbuster on Saturday (March 19), Eden will surely back Bangladesh.
Bangladesh have been a revelation in T20 cricket. Tamim Iqbal’s century against Oman has been a solid boost. Shakib Al Hasan’s improving form will only add to the positive vibes in the dressing room.
Playing at Eden is a dream come true for international cricketers. Mashrafe Mortaza will be leading a Bangladesh team for the first time in Kolkata since 1990. Can Bangladesh make it a hattrick of wins against former champions Pakistan?