For the 8th match of Asia Cup 2014, Hosts Bangladesh will take on Pakistan for a crucial match here at Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on March 4, 2014.
Bangladesh won the toss, elect to bat first and scored 326 runs. When latest news came in, Pakistan score was 102 in 22 overs. Follow the live scores here.
This will be a day/night match at Mirpur today, starting at 14:00 local time, 1:30 p.m. India time.
The squads are:
Bangladesh: Mominul Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan,Imrul Kayes, Anamul Haque, , Abdur Razzak, Shafiul Islam, Nasir Hossain, Ziaur Rahman, Mahmudullah and Al-Amin Hossain.
Pakistan: Sohaib Maqsood, Misbah-ul-Haq,Mohammad Talha, Umar Gul Umar Akmal,Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Fawad Alam, Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal and Abdur Rehman.
Weather forecasts suggest a sunny day today with no expected rains. Maximum temperatures will be around 31 degree Celsius.
Fans can catch the live broadcast of the match on Geo Super, PTV Sports, Star Cricket, Star India, Neo Prime and Channel 9 in selected countries.
PTV Sports will be broadcasting the match for viewers in Pakistan. The live streaming can also be watched at PTV Sports website here. But this is only for people in Pakistan.
Viewers in India can watch the live telecast on Star Sports 1 and 2 with Hindi and English commentary. Star Sports will also be live streaming the match at of website. Watch the match live online on Star Sports website here.
While Bangladesh’s performance in the entire tournament has been debatable, Pakistan is flying high on its close win against rivals India in their last match.
Of the three matches played, Pakistan has lost only one to Sri Lanka. Pakistan is currently on the second spot of the points table, followed by India. Today’s match is more important to India as Pakistan winning this one will put them in the tough spot.
Bangladesh will be in deep pressure for this one as their performances on their home ground has been way below par. Apart from losing to India in the first match, they also lost their second one against debutants Afghanistan. This can be their major chance to prove their mettle, given the ground and pitch conditions are familiar to them.
Shahid Afridi can again be the man for Pakistan today, while players like Mominul Haque for Bangladesh may have something to offer with his bat. For Bangladesh, they will find hard to find the motivation to win, but this is certain that Mushfiqur Rahim will have something in mind.
The highlights videos of the Ban vs Pak match can be watched on Star Sports website here.