Bang at it
Bangladesh may have been a bit too Tiger-ish. After gorging on large sport – South Africa – into their first outing, their bellies have been full. Surethey were not satisfied and even though they swatted a paw now and then against the last four, they did not have the nous to take down another scalp.
Against Pakistan they will not think success would be regarded as a shock. It’s the norm. Bangladesh have won the previous four and though it could be easy to worry if they’ll be straining every sinew, one just needs to have a basic understanding of the history of the two teams to reckon they will be’at it’.
There are no shortage of gun players. Shakib-al-Hasan, the player of the tournament, Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahman, Mustafizur Rahman and Mohammad Saifuddin have enhanced their reputations.
Saifuddin, that has been excellent with all the chunk, boshed an unbeaten 51 from India at a gutsy Bangladesh show on Tuesday. The balance of that XI was eye catching with Mashrafe Mortaza batting at No 9.
Pakistan may well feel aggrieved they have not made it to the semi-finals. They beat England, who look to be running into form at precisely the right time, and New Zealand, who 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 pathetic efforts when they have come up against teams of note, it is not unfair to wish it was the guys in green that had been advancing. Sure, they can be chaotic but that’s precisely why you’d want them . Who knows what they might have pulled out of the hat?
The remember of Shaheen Afridi is a good illustration. Perhaps if he was enjoying with 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 last 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 is a trend – the side batting first is going to have to post 280. Australia razed New Zealand using a diminished 243 but it’s very much par for the course the New Zealanders panic when they’re about to beat their old rivals. The 285 by Australia against England was more instructive. At the break it looked a little light but the wicket doesn’t play true and will hold up.
Price about Tigers
Following Pakistan beat New Zealand an older buddy on Twitter requested: how can you predict what Pakistan can perform?
It’s pretty simple: never bet them when they’re odds on. So we’ll be providing them a wide berth at no better than 1.57. The 2.66 about Bangladesh is disrespectful given their head-to-head advantage.
That wobble against Afghanistan by Pakistan hints at complacency when Pakistan imagine things are going to be easy. Fingers crossed that they are either smarting concerning the exit, checking flight times or believing they are superior.
Imam worth a second follow
Shakib is, unsurprisingly, the hot favourite at 5/2 using Sportsbook for top Bangladesh honours. On data he should not be as short but it is hard to take him . We have a soft spot for Mushfiqur. For Pakistan, Imam-ul-Haq’s price is up and down. Against Afghanistan he was rated as 11/4 jolly. Following that failure he’s out high 9/2 having been constant at 7/2. He’s got a win rate available on the marketplace on form. For top Pakistan bowler, Afridi gave us a wonderful winner in that game. Having a 31% win rate if you can get 5/2 or better it is a bet.