Venue Details & Pitch Report - Eden Gardens, Kolkata

Average First Innings Score at Kolkata in ODIs since 2011: 289

Batting First vs Batting Second at Kolkata in ODIs since 2011: Win Bat 1st - 78%, Win Bat 2nd - 22%

BAN-PAK Players in the top 10 leading run-scorers list in ODIs: None

BAN-PAK Players in the top 10 leading wicket-takers list in ODIs: None

Ground Dimensions: The venue has long straight boundaries of (76m) and short square boundaries (61m, 67m). ThirdMan-CowCorner (55m, 76m) and FineLeg-DeepExtraCover (58m, 73m).

Pitch Report: Eden Gardens is one of the best scoring venues in India and the flatness of the surface comes to the aid of the batters. Since 2011, teams have won 78% of their matches while batting first in ODIs as the pitch tends to assist spin as the match progresses.

Predicted Playing XI - Bangladesh vs Pakistan, Match 31, ICC Cricket World Cup 2023

Bangladesh: Tanzid Hasan, Litton Das, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Shakib Al Hasan (C), Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mushfiqur Rahim (WK), Mahmudullah, Mahedi Hasan, Hasan MahmudTaskin Ahmed, Shoridul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman

        Bench: Tanzim Hasan Sakib, Taskin Ahmed, Towhid Hridoy, Nasum Ahmed

Pakistan: Imam ul Haq, Abdullah Shafique, Babar Azam (C), Mohammad Rizwan (WK), Saud Shakeel, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Mohammed Wasim, Usama Mir, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf 

                Bench: Fakhar Zaman, Agha Salman, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Nawaz

Fantasy Notes - Bangladesh vs Pakistan, Match 31, ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 Prediction

Points to Consider

  • Litton Das has struggled against left-arm pacers with the new ball and that remains a threat as he faces Shaheen Afridi on what looked like an Eden Gardens pitch which provided assistance for pacers. 
  • We saw assistance for pacers in the last match including under lights. This provides us with a couple of differential pace options including Mohammad Wasim (36%) and Taskin Ahmed (32%). Back Taskin Ahmed particularly if he bowls in the first innings.
  • Mustafizur Rahman is another differential who is selected in under 23% of the teams has 9 wickets in 2 matches against Pakistan in ODIs. Consider him in your GL teams especially if Bangladesh bowls first.
  • Bangladesh has three left-handers in their top 4 and 27% Iftikhar Ahmed is likely to be used to take the ball away from the opposition batters. In addition, if Pakistan bats first, there is a risk of early wickets, which can give him an opportunity to bat and that would make him a big differential all-round pick and he has looked in good touch with the bat recently as well.
  • Both teams have been in poor form in recent matches of the tournament. Despite their form, we will back Pakistan to start as the favourites as Bangladesh has always looked vulnerable to a batting collapse.  

Fantasy XI - Bangladesh vs Pakistan, Match 31, ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 Prediction

WK: Mohammad Rizwan

BAT: Mahmudullah, Babar Azam, Abdullah Shafique

AR: Shakib Al Hasan, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Iftikhar Ahmed

BOWL: Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Wasim, Shoriful Islam

C/VC: Shakib Al Hasan, Babar Azam

Differentials: Iftikhar Ahmed (27%), Taskin Ahmed (32%), Imam Ul Haq (24%)

C/VC Alternatives: Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Rizwan

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