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Bangladesh vs Pakistan: Winnable factors for the second Test
Dec 3, 2021, 8:30:00 AM

Bangladesh vs Pakistan: Winnable factors for the second Test discusses the key factors for the second Test between Bangladesh and Pakistan.

Bat first or second

The pitch at the Shere Bangla Stadium in Dhaka is sluggish, which means batters will have a hard time to build up their innings. Spinners will have a big say in the contest and thus, the toss-winning captain will look to bowl first.

Head-to-head record

The Bangladesh vs Pakistan head-to-head record is a one-sided dominance by Pakistan, with 11 wins and a draw in 12 meetings. The Shaheens are well-placed to seal yet another Test series whitewash against the Bangla Tigers.

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Top Batsmen

Abid Ali was Pakistan's lone centurion in the first Test at Chittagong and is backed to repeat his heroics at Dhaka. The 34-year-old opener touched triple figures for the first time since May 2021, and went past the 1,000-run mark in the process. Given Bangladesh' bowlers have struggled to make a challenge in the series, Ali is pegged to go all guns blazing.

For hosts Bangladesh, Liton Das is the batter to watch out. The 27-year-old registered his maiden Test century after 42 career innings, and hopes to rack up another 100-plus score that not only takes him past 1,500 runs in the longest format, but potentially helps Bangladesh claim their first-ever Test victory over Pakistan. 

Top Bowlers

Bangladesh star Shakib Al Hasan has been declared fit to play in the do-or-die second Test in Dhaka, and will hope to make a lasting impression with the ball. The seasoned spinner has 215 wickets from 58 matches, and will look to break the top-order partnerships especially that of Abid Ali and Abdullah Shafique.

Pakistan, meanwhile, will look up to Sajid Khan. Pace has been the Shaheens' biggest asset in the ongoing series but the off-spinner laid down his foot with four wickets at an economy rate of 2.77. Given the sluggish conditions, expect Sajid to restrict the Bangladesh top-order to a paltry scoreline.

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Words: William Paul

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