Bangladesh Vs PNG, Match Preview
The first round of the World Cup is heading into its final stages. There have been some impressive performances by various sides. Oman came close to toppling Bangladesh, Scotland beat Bangladesh, and Oman completed a handsome win against PNG. The associate sides are showing some fight, and the competition is such that Bangladesh face a must win scenario.
For Bangladesh to go through, they need to beat PNG. A loss eliminates them straight away. A win however does not guarantee them qualification. They need Oman to lose to Scotland as well. In case Oman win, Bangladesh will find it tough as Oman has an exceptional run-rate.
Bangladesh has recovered some form against Oman. Shakib is looking good, and the bowling found its rhythm as the game went on. Opening is still a concern with Liton Das struggling. Bangladesh found a way to deepen their batting line-up against Oman, but still couldn’t find it easy in the death.
PNG is already out of the tournament, but will look at the game as an opportunity to make a statement. They have an exciting squad with Asaad Vala looking promising. A win against Bangladesh could help put them higher on the Cricketing map.
Bangladesh Vs PNG, Team News
Both sides are likely to stick with the same eleven. Soumya Sarkar was removed against Oman, and is likely to stay out.
Bangladesh Vs PNG, Predicted XIs
Bangladesh (probable): 1 Mohammad Naim, 2 Liton Das, 3 Shakib Al Hasan, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim, 5 Mahmudullah (capt), 6 Afif Hossain, 7 Nurul Hasan (wk), 8 Mahedi Hasan, 9 Mohammad Saifuddin, 10 Taskin Ahmed, 11 Mustafizur Rahman
Papua New Guinea (probable): 1 Tony Ura, 2 Lega Siaka, 3 Assad Vala (capt), 4 Charles Amini, 5 Sese Bau, 6 Simon Atai, 7 Norman Vanua, 8 Kiplin Doriga (wk), 9 Chad Soper, 10, Nosaina Pokana, 11 Kabua Morea
Bangladesh Vs PNG, Players to Watch out for
Morea looks in good form and has also taken a four wicket haul in the current World Cup. He is a lively left-arm pacer, and could make early inroads with ease. He found success against Scotland, and could exploit Bangladesh’s top-order weakness.
Mahadi Hasan is spinner who tends to go under the radar. He was crucial in Scotland’s early struggle, and has consistently done well. If PNG are to do well, they will have to read Hasan deeply, and ensure he does not settle into a rhythm.
Bangladesh Vs PNG, Pitch Report
The surface has been slow and batting first has helped yield good results. With a high-pressure game and less experienced players, batting first is a better choice.