When Bangladesh takes on Pakistan in the first Test in Chattogram on Friday, they will be trying to turn things around in red-ball cricket. The Test series is part of the World Test Championship, and both teams are vying for critical points.
Bangladesh is coming off a loss in the T20I series, so it’s a quick turnaround for them. They will be aiming for a turnaround in the longest format. Mominul Haque has been given the task of directing this side. Tamim Iqbal has been ruled out of the Test series after further scans revealed a fracture in his previously broken thumb.
Shakib Al Hasan, the ace all-rounder, has been included in the squad after missing the T20I series due to a hamstring injury. His fitness will be evaluated before to the game. It will be interesting to see how the hosts respond in the home series. They have a strong home record and will be hoping to put their best foot forward in the first Test.
Pakistan, on the other hand, has recently been on a roll. They will be riding high after sweeping the T20I series and will try to extend their winning spirit into the Test series. Babar Azam will continue to captain the team across all formats, and he will be anxious to start the WTC cycle on a high note.
The test match will be held at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram beginning November 26th, 2021.
Match Details to Note
Match: Bangladesh vs Pakistan, 1st Test, Pakistan Tour of Bangladesh, 2021
Date: November 26, 2021 (Friday)
Time: 9:30 AM IST
Venue: Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chattogram
Bangladesh vs Pakistan Team Previews
Mushfiqur Rahim, Mehidy Hasan Miraaz, and Shakib Al Hasan make their Test debuts for the hosts. Uncapped players Rejaur Rahman Raja and Mahmudul Hasan Joy have been selected for the two-match series.
In the batting department, the onus will be on Babar Azam, Azhar Ali, and Mohammad Rizwan to make significant contributions for the side in this first Test.
Captain Mominul Haque has led Pakistan’s batting charts in Test cricket since January 2021. He has 489 runs in five matches at an average of 61.12, with two centuries and one half-century to his credit.
Bangladesh’s middle order will include Liton Das, Mushfiqur Rahim, and Shakib Al Hasan for the first Test.
The pressure will be on Abu Jayed, Taijul Islam, Mehidy Hasan Miraaz, and Nayeem Hasan in the bowling department.
Bangladesh Test Squad
Mominul Haque (c), Shadman Islam, Saif Hassan, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mushfiqur Rahim, Liton Das, Nurul Hasan, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Nayeem Hasan, Taijul Islam, Ebadat Hossain, Abu Jayed, Yasir Ali, Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Rejaur Rahman Raja
Predicted XI: Mominul Haque (c), Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Taijul Islam, Liton Das (wk), Shadman Islam, Mehidy Hasan Miraaz, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Saif Hasan, Nayeem Hasan and Abu Jayed
Middle-order batsman Fawad Alam has led Pakistan’s batting charts in the five-day format since January 2021. The left-hander has 513 runs in seven Test matches at an average of 57.00, with three centuries and one half-century. The team’s management will be hopeful that Babar Azam can rediscover his batting form in this first Test.
Abid Ali, Imam-ul Haq, and others will need to contribute key points for the side in this series opener.
The onus would be on bowlers like Shaheen Shah and Mohammad Abbas to offer critical breakthroughs. For this game, Bilal Asif could replace Hasan Ali.
So far, Bangladesh and Pakistan have played 11 Tests. Pakistan has won ten games, with one game ending in a tie. The last time the two teams met was in February 2020, when Pakistan triumphed by an innings and 44 runs.
Pakistan Test Squad
Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan, Abdullah Shafique, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali, Bilal Asif, Faheem Ashraf, Fawad Alam, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Kamran Ghulam, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Abbas, Naseem Shah, Nauman Ali, Sajid Khan, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Saud Shakeel, Zahid Mahmood, Shaheen Shah Afridi
Predicted XI: Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Azhar Ali, Fawad Alam, Imam-ul-Haq, Abid Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Bilal Asif, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Nauman Ali, Mohammad Abbas
Bangladesh vs Pakistan Toss Prediction
On this surface, both teams will be hoping to win the toss and bat first. At Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Cricket Stadium, the average first innings score is roughly 370 runs.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
The Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium pitch is slow in nature. The new ball hits the bat wonderfully, but the pitch slows down as the game proceeds, assisting spinners. Both teams’ spinners are expected to play a significant impact.
On Friday, both sides will be greeted by clear sky. Chattogram’s temperature is forecast to be between 18 and 29 degrees Celsius. Over the next four days, there will be some cloud cover, but nothing to worry about.
Bangladesh vs Pakistan Match Prediction
Both teams have performed admirably in sub-continent conditions recently, and the forthcoming Test series promises to be exciting. There are match-winners on both sides, and we should expect a really good bat-and-ball battle over the next five days. Pakistan appears to be a stable outfit, and fans anticipate them to win the first Test series.
Pakistan is the favourite to beat Bangladesh at the odds of 1.13.
- The Pakistan team won a Test series in Bangladesh in 2015.
- Fawad Alam and Shaheen Shah Afridi have been Pakistan’s top performers in Test cricket.
- Mehidy Hasan Miraaz and Captain Mominul Haque have been reliable performers in red-ball cricket for South Africa.
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