Pakistan Vs Bangladesh Live Stream
Asia Cup intended it to be. The final group stage game with all to play for and the potential of the moolah-raking India-Pakistan finale. But there’s nothing foregone about the virtual semifinal on Wednesday. Bangladesh after all, pulled off something similar just two years ago – beating Pakistan to make the final of Asia Cup 2016, where they eventually lost to India.Asia Cup campaigns of Pakistan and Bangladesh can best be described as severely [and similarly] inconsistent, with both winning and losing games by equally-massive margins, and are both still alive thanks to their final-over wins over Afghanistan. Both teams have had encouraging individual performances but have fallen flat in the face of pressure – particularly from India, who the winner of this game will meet in the final.Pakistan’s overall performance deserves greater scrutiny, but the most spectacular slipping of standards has come in the fielding department. In this Asia Cup, the first since new fielding coach Grant Bradburn was appointed, Pakistan have caught four and dropped nine outfield catches, barely a 30% success rate. All of the sloppiness came in the last two games, when Pakistan took just one of ten such catches. It doesn’t take a mathematician to work out that catching percentage, nor a fielding coach to conclude it isn’t good enough.Steve Rixon left following Pakistan’s series in the United Kingdom for reasons that were never satisfactorily explained, and Darren Berry, the replacement the PCB wanted, didn’t join for similarly mysterious reasons. From February 2017 to Rixon’s departure, Pakistan’s catching in front of the stumps improved from 77% to 85%, with palpable rise in the ground fielding standards, too. On the Zimbabwe tour, the first after he departed, the catching percentage (excluding the wicketkeeper) was back down to 78%. While that might have been an insignificant drop over a small sample size, the cause for concern may now be more legitimate with those percentages falling off a cliff.The scheduling of the tournament afforded Bangladesh four off days after their opening game on September 15, but have then had to play three games in four days while also shuttling between Abu Dhabi and Dubai. They have cooled their heels over the past couple of days though. On the other hand, Pakistan’s itinerary has been slightly less taxing, but two outings against India have been morale-sapping.Fakhar Zaman has made scores of 24, 0, 0 and 31 in four matches, leaving Pakistan with a wobbly start each game. Zaman has been sensational since the 2017 Champions Trophy, and even became Pakistan’s ODI double centurion in Bulawayo recently, but leaves the team management in a bit of a fix.Pakistan have Shan Masood in their squad – who is yet to make his ODI debut, but has scored three 100s and five half-centuries including a score of 90 in his last 10 List A games for Islamabad. It’d be a brave call to throw him into the deep end in a knockout game.Amir’s continued failures to pick a wicket in the tournament might tempt Pakistan to bench him again, and give Usman Shinwari another go.A couple of months ago, Rixon, talking to ESPNcricinfo about the implications his departure could have on the team, said he was “horrified” at the prospect of Pakistan slipping back into old habits.”They need a fielding coach that is going to continue with the same ruthless approach that I took and take no prisoners and continue to keep pushing these boys. They need to be pushed. They’ve got to understand these standards come with hard work, not just turning up and hoping it works out. In short, if you’ve prepared well, you can trust your preparation and go in there trusting you’ll do it well. If you’ve prepared badly, you turn up hoping you’ll go well.”Following the loss to India, head coach Mickey Arthur insisted he couldn’t complain about the way his players were training and instead put it down to a “crisis of confidence”.