Bangladesh Elects to Bat First in Crucial World Cup Clash Against Pakistan

World Cup 2023 BAN vs PAK

In a high-stakes encounter at the World Cup 2023, Bangladesh has won the toss and elected to bat against Pakistan. The decision to bat first was made after a careful assessment of the pitch conditions, with Bangladesh aiming to set a formidable target for their opponents.

Bangladesh’s Playing XI:
1. Litton Das
2. Tanzid Hasan
3. Najmul Hossain Shanto
4. Shakib Al Hasan (c)
5. Mushfiqur Rahim (w)
6. Mahmudullah
7. Towhid Hridoy
8. Mehidy Hasan Miraz
9. Taskin Ahmed
10. Mustafizur Rahman
11. Shoriful Islam

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Pakistan’s Playing XI:
1. Abdullah Shafique
2. Fakhar Zaman
3. Babar Azam (c)
4. Mohammad Rizwan (w)
5. Saud Shakeel
6. Iftikhar Ahmed
7. Agha Salman
8. Shaheen Afridi
9. Usama Mir
10. Mohammad Wasim Jr
11. Haris Rauf

Captain’s Comments:

Babar Azam, the Pakistani skipper, expressed his desire to bat first, acknowledging the early moisture on the pitch that could provide some swing. He emphasized the team’s overall performance in the last match and stated his personal ambition to convert his form into a big hundred. Pakistan made three changes, bringing in Fakhar, Salman, and Usama, while Imam, Shadab, and Nawaz were left out.

Shakib Al Hasan, leading the Bangladesh side, highlighted the slow and turning nature of the pitch based on their previous game experience. He stressed the importance of a good start in the first 10 overs and called for a collective effort from his team, expressing disappointment over their inconsistency in the tournament. Despite the challenges, Shakib Al Hasan remains hopeful, drawing motivation from the similar cultural backdrop of the venue in Dhaka.