By Faizan Lakhani
With a clear statistical edge over Bangladesh, Pakistan cricket team is set to launch its World T20 mission with the aim of improving their record against Bangladeshis on Wednesday.
The current form may not be in Pakistan’s favour as they have lost last two of their 9 T20Is against Bangladesh, but they’ve won all the 7 games played before the last two.
Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi is the only player to have played all Pakistan vs Bangladesh T20Is, scoring 132 runs with an average of 16.50 and taking 8 wickets at an average of 26.
Talking about recent form, Pakistan have won only three of its last 10 Twenty20 internationals, while Bangladesh came out successful in six of its last 10 completed T20Is.
This will be the 5th time that Pakistan and Bangladesh face each other in a World T20 match, jointly most by a pair of opponents along with the opposing pair of Sri Lanka and West Indies.
Pakistan has an unbeaten run against Bangladesh in World T20 competitions, the men in green have won all previous World T20 games against Bangladesh (in 2007, 2010, 2012 and 2014)
Among the batsmen from both the teams, Shakib Al Hassan is leading scorer in all Pakistan vs Bangladesh games, with 242 runs in 8 innings. Pakistan’s Shoaib Malik added 135 T20I runs to his tally of runs from 7 games against Bangladesh.
In bowling, Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi is leading wicket taker in all matches, having 8 wickets to his credit in 9 games. Abdul Razzak of Bangladesh has grabbed 7 wickets in 7 games against Pakistan.
Tamim Iqbal of Bangladesh is the leading run scorer from the qualifying stage of WorldT20 this year, with 233 runs off 147 balls and being dismissed just once in three innings.