Pakistan will battle it out against Bangladesh in the second game of Super 10s of ICC World T20 in Kolkata on Wednesday. Eden Gardens is all set to witness the dramatic clash between two teams who carry contrasting reputations in this format. Pakistan have had a mixed run in the recent times and have been on the receiving end on most of the occasions while Bangladesh have evolved and are enhancing with every game. Read: ICC World T20 2016, Pakistan overview: The unpredictable team in an unpredictable format

Ahmed Shehzad has been roped in to the T20I side after Pakistan found it difficult to get good opening starts at the top in the Asia Cup. His presence will be crucial; if he gets going Pakistan will surely get off to a desirable start. Mohammad Hafeez finally rediscovered his mojo in the warm-up game against Sri Lanka where he scored a scintillating 70.

Pakistan have a formidable middle-order with the likes of Umar Akmal, Sarfraz Ahmed and Shoaib Malik in the line up. Akmal can take on the bowling attack if the platform is laid by the top-order, he can accelerate the innings and get some quick runs with the bat. Malik was Pakistan’s best batsman in the Asia Cup 2016 and will hold a lot of importance in the tournament too; his experience will play a major role in the Pakistani line up.

Sarfraz Ahmed and Shahid Afridi can play a match winning cameo and steer their side to a dominating position. Their strength lies in the pace attack which is probably the best in the tournament. It boasts of Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Irfan and Mohammad Sami. They have a decent spin attack with Afridi, Mohammad Nawaz and Imad Wasim in the attack. Afridi has been the most successful bowler in T20 format and is also the highest wicket taker in this format.

For Bangladesh, their rise in international cricket has been sensational. They’ve grown as a team and so has their stature. Tamim Iqbal has been in astounding form and played a massive role behind Bangladesh’s successful run in the First Round through which they reserved a berth in the Super 10s. Soumya Sarkar looked a bit rusty but one can expect him to bounce back in a crucial game. They have a good middle-order with Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah in the line-up.

The bad news for them is that Taskin Ahmed has been reported for suspect action and will interesting to see if Bangladesh would risk him in this game. Mustafizur Rahman if fully fit will be crucial. Al-Amin Hossain will have a massive task in his hand and has to put up a valiant show at Kolkata. Mashrafe Mortaza has led the side well and has been effective with his captaincy as well as bowling. Here is a comparison of probable XI of both the sides.

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(Suraj Choudhari, an avid cricket follower who plays the sport at club level, is a staffer with Criclife)