Pak vs Ban: Bangladesh elect to bat first against Pakistan


Pakistan will lock horns today with Bangladesh in the first Test of the two match series in Chittagong. The Men in Green, fresh off an impressive T20 World Cup campaign, quickly brushed off their disappointing semi-final loss against Australia by registering an impressive 3-0 victory over hosts Bangladesh.
Bangladesh, on the other hand, have failed to find their form even after a dismal T20 World Cup campaign. Their batting was unable to withstand the Pakistani bowling onslaught, failing to give a tough time to Pakistan’s pace battery in each of the three-match T20 series.

As far as the head-to-head record goes, Pakistan have played three series in Bangladesh and won five of the six Tests the two teams have played. Pakistan’s last win came in Dhaka, in May 2015, when they trounced Bangladesh by 328 runs.

Azhar Ali and Mushfiqur Rahim are the only players from either sides who are still playingh

Azhar had scored 226 and 25, while Mushfiq scored 12 and zero as Azhar walked away with the player of the match, which will also be remembered for centuries from Younis Khan (148) and Asad Shafiq (107) as well as match figures of 36.3-7-128-7 by Yasir Shah, who will miss the series as he is yet to recover from a thumb injury he sustained during the National T20.

Pakistan: Babar Azam (captain), Mohammad Rizwan (vice-captain, wicketkeeper), Abdullah Shafique, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Fawad Alam, Hasan Ali, Nauman Ali, Sajid Khan and Shaheen Shah Afridi

Bangladesh: Mominul Haque (captain), Shadman Islam, Saif Hasan, Najmul Hossain, Mushfiqur Rahim, Liton Das, Nurul Hasan, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Nayeem Hasan, Taijul Islam, Ebadot Hossain Chowdhury, Abu Jayed Chowdhury, Yasir Ali, Mahmudul Hasan, Rejaur Rahman.

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