Bangladesh look to avoid PNG upset with Super 12s place at stake
Inexperienced PNG will look to capitalise on Bangladesh's lack of run-scoring in the powerplay and at the death
Big PictureThe last time the T20 World Cup qualifiers round needed to be settled on the last day, one of the greatest chases in the format took place in Sylhet. against Ireland to vault over from No. 3 to No. 1 in the group. It was a game that, many believe, helped change the perception of T20s.
Bangladesh happily ticked some of the boxes that were missing against Scotland, but there still remains problems. Their powerplay scoring remains low, which is mostly due to Liton Das' indifferent form. They are also struggling with the bat at the death, a period in which Mahmudullah, Nurul Hasan and Afif Hossain have done well in the recent past.
(Last five completed matches)
In the spotlightPNG must do their homework on , who has bowled well so far in the tournament. He started off with three wickets against Scotland, reducing them to 53 for 6 before Bangladesh let it slip. Against Oman when Bangladesh were in big trouble, Mahedi's 1 for 14 from four overs bailed them out. His batting hasn't fired properly though.
Team newsBangladesh are likely to stick with the same XI which beat Oman on Tuesday.
Bangladesh (probable): 1 Mohammad Naim, 2 Liton Das, 3 Shakib Al Hasan, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim, 5 Mahmudullah (capt), 6 Afif Hossain, 7 Nurul Hasan (wk), 8 Mahedi Hasan, 9 Mohammad Saifuddin, 10 Taskin Ahmed, 11 Mustafizur Rahman
Papua New Guinea (probable): 1 Tony Ura, 2 Lega Siaka, 3 Assad Vala (capt), 4 Charles Amini, 5 Sese Bau, 6 Simon Atai, 7 Norman Vanua, 8 Kiplin Doriga (wk), 9 Chad Soper, 10, Nosaina Pokana, 11 Kabua Morea
Stats and trivia
- PNG will be Bangladesh's 21st opponent in international cricket. They have, however, played twice as Associate nations at a time when matches between such sides were not counted as internationals. While in the ICC Trophy in 1982 in the third-place playoff, Bangladesh beat them once in the 1996 ACC Trophy.
Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84