Bangladesh and Pakistan will square off against each other in what will be a virtual semi-final on 26 September (Wednesday) to decide who will meet India in the Asia Cup final.
Meanwhile, both teams have had very similar results in the Super Fours: Both Bangladesh and Pakistan have lost comprehensively to India while beating Afghanistan in last-over finishes. That puts them on a somewhat even keel, and they know that nothing else matters now but the result of their game – who wins win get into the title clash.
As far as recent form is concerned, Bangladesh have the winning momentum on their side, having beaten the Afghans in their last game. However, a good start have imperative for every team, especially on surfaces that have slowed down with time. A lot will depend on the experienced shoulders of Mushfiqur Rahim, and Shakib Al Hasan should the openers fail again.
Pakistan, meanwhile, have their own issues to sort. They had a subpar fielding performance against India, which ensured they chase down the target with nine wickets in hand. The bowling also has not looked at its best since their first group-stage match against Hong Kong.
It will be hot and humid in Abu Dhabi ranging in the high 30s taking a toll on the cricketers. Furthermore, there are no chances of rains which will ensure an exciting game ahead.
Like Dubai, the pitch at Abu Dhabi to has slowed down with time and, as a result, batting will not be easy. Spin is likely to play a significant role with the ball gripping and turning and the likes of Shakib Al Hasan, Shadab Khan, and Mohammad Nawaz may have to come into the game sooner rather than later.
Both Pakistan and Bangladesh will be desperate to play their best cricket and set a date with India in the Asia Cup finals.
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