Pakistan And Bangladesh look to outclass each other

With wins in their previous games both Bangladesh and Pakistan must be fairly confident going into the 8th Match of the Asia Cup 2016, on Wednesday (March 2). Bangladesh though will miss the services of the in-form Mustafizur Rahman in the crucial tie. The left-arm seamer sustained a side strain and Tamim Iqbal has been named as the replacement. While that will bolster their batting-unit, Mustafizur was one of the leading bowlers in the tournament. His absence will severely dent the hosts, particularly on pitches such as the ones found in Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur for this tournament. Pakistan, after a lacklustre show against India, bounced back against UAE. Although there were some concerns still regarding their top-order. Waqar Younis, Pakistan head coach, had conceded that it was a spot of bother. But the good form of Mohammad Amir has meant that the bowling unit looks far more potent. The pace-group consisting of Amir, Muhammad Irfan and Muhammad Sami are likely to feature once again against Bangladesh. The man in focus will once again be Amir. After a three-wicket burst in the first game against India, he turned out a miserly spell against UAE, conceding only six runs in his four overs. He\\\'s quickly transforming into the lead strike-bowler of this Pakistan team. The ball has tended to do a bit at the start of the innings and Bangladesh will be wary of him, in particular. If they can play him out with little damage, then there is a chance to exploit Pakistan\\\'s spin-attack.