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Pakistan elect to bat after winning toss

FE Online Desk | Published: July 05, 2019 15:22:32 | Updated: July 05, 2019 18:14:28


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Pakistan have elected to bat first after winning the toss in the World Cup match against Bangladesh at Lord's.

They are now fifth on the table this World Cup, behind New Zealand who occupy the fourth and final knockout berth, according to media reports.

Pakistan now face a near impossible task to qualify for the semifinals: to win by a margin of at least 316 runs to jump ahead of the Kiwis on net run rate.

Though already out of the semifinal race, Bangladesh are desperately seeking a win over Pakistan in their final World Cup game, their first One-Day International at the Home of Cricket.

Besides the hope for an end to the campaign on a high, the Tigers are looking forward to a fitting send-off for their Captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, for whom it will be the final game on the world stage.

Bangladesh XI: Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Liton Das, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mashrafe Mortaza (captain), Mustafizur Rahman

Pakistan XI: Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Haris Sohail, Sarfaraz Ahmed (capt & wk), Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Shaheen Afridi

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