Pak vs Ban: Bangladesh opt to bat first in final T20 against Pakistan

Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shahnawaz Dahani, Iftikhar Ahmed and Usman Qadir have been included in playing XI

By Web Desk
November 22, 2021
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DHAKA: Bangladesh have won the toss and elected to bat first in the final T20 against Pakistan played at the Sher-e-Bangla Sricket Stadium, in Dhaka today.

Pakistan have included former skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shahnawaz Dahani (debut), Iftikhar Ahmed and Usman Qadir in playing XI for the last match in place of Fakhar Zaman, Shoaib Malik, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Shadab Khan.

On the other hand, Bangladesh have also made three changes bringing in Shamim Hossain, Shahidul Islam (debut) and Nasum Ahmed in place of Saif Hassan, Mustafizur Rahman and Shoriful Islam.

The Dhaka pitch conditions have allowed Bangladeshi bowlers to trouble Pakistan batters, but their flimsy batting line-up has disappointed them.

Pakistan, 2-0 up, will be comfortable heading into today's match but skipper Babar Azam will be looking to continue the side's winning momentum. 

Skipper Babar Azam has failed to find his form in the T20 series against Bangladesh so far, failing to score big on both previous occasions.

Today's match will be an opportunity for Pakistan to play Iftikhar Ahmed, Shahnawaz Dahani and Usman Qadir. While Iftikhar had not been included in the T20 World Cup squad, Qadir and Dahani had not played in any of Pakistan's six T20 World Cup encounters.

Playing XI:

Bangladesh: Mohammad Naim, Shamim Hossain, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Afif Hossain, Mahmudullah (capt), Nurul Hasan (wk), Mahedi Hasan, Aminul Islam, Shohidul Islam, Taskin Ahmed, Nasum Ahmed

Pakistan: Babar Azam (capt), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Haider Ali, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Usman Qadir, Haris Rauf, Shahnawz Dahani