Pakistan take on Bangladesh in the second warm-up match ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy which begins on June 1. In Friday’s match, Australia beat Sri Lanka by 2 wickets. Mashrafe Mortaza will led the Tigers while Pakistan will be led by Sarfraz Khan. Bangladesh played Sri Lanka in their last one-day international series while Pakistan played three-match ODI series against West Indies. Also Catch- PAK vs BAN Live Score
The warm-up match of ICC Champions Trophy between Bangladesh and Pakistan begins at 3 PM IST on Saturday.
Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed praised Bangladesh ahead of the warm-up tie.
Sixth-ranked Bangladesh are playing their first Champions Trophy since 2006 and currently sit higher than Pakistan in the rankings, with Sarfraz admitting he has been impressed by Bangladesh over the last 18 months. Also read: Champions Trophy 2017: India vs Pakistan will light up the tournament, says Monty Panesar
“Over the past one-and-a-half years, Bangladesh has performed very well,” he said.
“The warm-up game is a good opportunity for both teams before the Champions Trophy. Both teams want to win so it’s a good practice match to have.
“Over the past few years they’ve done well and we’ll see its batsmen, like Tamim Iqbal, if we play in the semi-finals.”
Having taken over captaincy only in February, this marks the first major tournament at the helm for Sarfraz.
Bangladesh on the other hand have consistently improving. They are now ahead of three former world champions- Sri Lanka, Pakistan and West Indies – in the ODI rankings. They’ve won series against India, South Africa and Pakistan since the 2015 World Cup – where they defeated England and reached the knock-out stages for the first time – and they warmed up for the ICC Champion Trophy with a maiden win away from home against New Zealand on Wednesday.
The 2017 ICC Champions Trophy will begin from June 1 in UK and the top eight ODI teams — India, Australia, South Africa, England, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, New Zealand — will be participating. India will look to defend the title they won in 2013.
Preview by Sylvester Tamang.