London, Jul 5 : Pakistan won the toss and opted to bat against Bangladesh in the World Cup match at the Lords here on Friday.
Pakistan will be hoping for a miracle against Bangladesh to keep their World Cup 2019 dream alive as the margin is big.
Though Pakistan have won four important games against top opponents but a crushing opening defeat against West Indies mean they have an inferior net run rate to New Zealand, for which they will pay the price even if they beat Bangladesh.
Their only chance to make it into the semi-final is to bat first and win the contest by a margin of at least 316 runs. However, if Bangladesh win the toss and bat, Pakistan are out before a ball has been bowled.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh have been impressive throughout the tournament irrespective of the fact that they failed to qualify in the semi-finals.
Bangladesh (Playing XI): Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim(w), Mahmudullah, Liton Das, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza(c), Mustafizur Rahman
Pakistan (Playing XI): Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Haris Sohail, Sarfaraz Ahmed(w/c), Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Shaheen Afridi