Bang at it
Bangladesh may have been somewhat too Tiger-ish. After gorging on big game — South Africa — into their first outing, their bellies have been full. Sure, they weren’t pleased and although they swatted a paw now and then against the last four, they didn’t have the nous to take down another scalp.
Against Pakistan that they will not think success would be regarded as a jolt. It’s the standard. Bangladesh have won the previous four and though it might be simple to worry if they’ll be straining every sinew, one just needs to have a fundamental comprehension of the background of the two teams to reckon they’ll be’at it’.
There are no lack of gun gamers. Shakib-al-Hasan, the player of the tournament, Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahman, Mustafizur Rahman and Mohammad Saifuddin have all enhanced their reputations.
Saifuddin, who has been excellent with the ball, boshed an unbeaten 51 against India in a gutsy Bangladesh show on Tuesday. The balance of the XI was eye-catching with Mashrafe Mortaza batting at No 9.
Pakistan can well feel aggrieved they have not made it into the semi-finals. They beat England, who look to be running into form at precisely the right time, and New Zealand, that have pipped them on net run rate. Their washed-out clash against South Africa probably robbed them of greatest points, also.
Given New Zealand’s pitiful efforts when they have come up against groups of note, it isn’t unfair to wish that it was the men in green that had been advancing. Sure, they can be chaotic but that is exactly why you’d want them . Who knows what they could have pulled from this hat?
The recall of Shaheen Afridi is a good example. Maybe if he had been playing from ball one they would not have missed out. Afridi has taken ten wickets in four games.Lord’s wicket a little tricky
Here are the previous 17 first-innings scores at Lord (1/2 denotes game obtained by side batting second or first ): 243-1/285-1/322-1/308-1/153-2/328-1/251-1/309-1/300-1/227-2/220-2/272-2/280-1/246-2/265-1/277-1/235-2. As you can see there’s a trend — the side batting first is going to have to post 280. Australia razed New Zealand with a lowly 243 but it is very much par for the course the New Zealanders fear when they are about to beat their old rivals. The 285 by Australia against England was instructive. At the break it looked a little light but the wicket doesn’t play accurate and will hold up.
Cost about Tigers
Following Pakistan beat New Zealand an older friend on Twitter asked: how can you predict exactly what Pakistan can perform?
It is pretty simple: not bet them when they are odds on. So we’ll be providing them a wide berth at no better than 1.57. The 2.66 about Bangladesh is disrespectful awarded their head-to-head advantage.
That wobble against Afghanistan from Pakistan tips at complacency when Pakistan imagine things will be simple. Fingers crossed that they’re either smarting concerning the exit, assessing flight times or believing they’re superior.
Imam worth a second follow
Shakib is, unsurprisingly, the hot favorite at 5/2 with Sportsbook for best Bangladesh honours. On data he should not be short but it’s difficult to take him . We’ve got a soft spot for Mushfiqur at 4s. For Pakistan, Imam-ul-Haq’s cost is up and down. As 11/4 jolly he was rated against Afghanistan. After that failure he is now out top 9/2 having been consistent at 7/2. He’s got a 35% win rate on the marketplace on two-year form. For best Pakistan bowler, Afridi gave us a nice winner in that match. With a 31% gain rate if you can buy 5/2 or better it is a bet.
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