Pakistan batting order is something that needs to be sorted © Getty Images
Pakistan batting order is something that needs to be sorted © Getty Images (File Photo)

Pakistan are all set to start their ICC World T20 2016 against Bangladesh at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata on Wednesday. The Pakistan team has gone past many hurdles to play in the  T20 World Cup 2016 while Bangladesh are quite confident after their Asia Cup 2016 performance and are expected to do well. Pakistan team has not been in a very good form for the past few months as they have lost many matches due to their inability to put up an all-round effort. While the bowling attack looks like a strong one, what skipper Shahid Afridi needs to sort out is the batting line-up which has been a matter of concern for the side. Let us take a look at the likely XI for the team. Live Cricket Scorecard: Pakistan vs Bangladesh, ICC T20 World Cup 2016 Super 10 Group 2, Match 14 at Kolkata

Top-order: As mentioned, Pakistan batting order is something that needs to be sorted. Pakistan had not included their regular opener Ahmed Shehzad and rather tried different combinations like Sharjeel Khan-Khurram Manzoor during the Asia Cup. However, the plan did not work and they had to replace Manzoor with Shehzad for World T20. In their only warm-up match against Sri Lanka, the combination of Sharjeel and Ahmed seemed to perform better than rest of the combinations they tried and the selectors are likely to go with this left hand-right hand combination. The combination lets their most in-form batman currently, Mohammad Hafeez, to bat at No. 3. Hafeez was comfortable to bat at No. 3 in their warm-up match at Eden Gardens and scored a match-winning 70 which seconds the idea of keeping the top-order undisturbed since their last win. READ: Pakistan vs Bangladesh, T20 World Cup 2016, Match 14 at Eden Gardens: Mohammad Aamer vs Tamim Iqbal and other Key Battles

Middle-order: The middle-order looked rather sorted than the top-order and if the top-order provides a strong start, the middle-order batsmen can take the score to a good one. Even during a top-order collapse, the middle-order batsmen have taken on the responsibility and performed up to the mark. The middle-order has the likes of Sarfraz Ahmed, Umar Akmal, Shoaib Malik and the skipper Shahid Afridi. Sarfraz and Malik are two of the most reliable batsmen in the team while Akmal, once set, can go for big hits for high-scoring quick-fire innings. What the team will look forward to will be the form of Afridi. The captain has failed to perform either with bat or ball which is hampering the team’s overall performance. The veteran needs to find the flaws and better himself to deliver match-winning performances in order to ensure the team’s success. If that happens, Pakistan may become indomitable. READ: Pakistan vs Bangladesh, T20 World Cup 2016 Match 14 at Kolkata: Bangladesh’s likely XI

Bowlers: The most positive part of the team is the bowling attack. The attack is led by Mohammad Aamer, who is in a terrific form currently. To provide him the perfect support, there are the other two pacers Mohammad Irfan and Wahab Riaz who can scalp necessary wickets. While height is an added advantage for Irfan to produce uncanny flights, Wahab can efficiently vary his pace to shock the opponents. For the spin department, Imad Wasim looks to be the most dependable of the limited options available in the side. Wasim bagged 4 crucial wickets during the practice match including those of Dinesh Chandimal and Angelo Mathews which turned the game entirely in Pakistan’s favor. Another option is their skipper Afridi who has the potential to bowl full 4 overs if necessary.With an efficient slow left-arm spinner and three talented pacers, the bowling attack looks set to get early breakthroughs.

Pakistan likely XI: Sharjeel Khan, Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Umar Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi (c), Imad Wasim, Mohammad Aamer, Mohammad Irfan, Wahab Riaz.

(Paulami Chakraborty, a singer, dancer, artist, and photographer, loves the madness of cricket and writes about the game. She can be followed on Twitter at @Polotwitts)