Bangladesh too are out after their defeat to India on Wednesday put an end to their chances, so in effect, this game is a dead-rubber. Both of these sides have had their moments over the past five weeks but neither have been quite consistent enough to get a top-four spot. Pakistan will rue their opening game thrashing by West Indies which put a huge dent in their net run-rate. If they had been able to compete in that match, they would still have a realistic shot at the knock-out stages. Bangladesh will look back on their match against New Zealand as one that got away.
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Both teams will want to end on a high. Bangladesh, who have never played an ODI at Lord's before, have only ever won three games in a single World Cup so to make it four this time around will be further evidence of their progress and a reminder that they deserve to be taken far more seriously as a cricketing force than what is the case now. A victory for Pakistan would give them the same number of wins as New Zealand and a moral victory of being the best runners-up. Not much consolation but better than nothing.
The two teams have not seen much of each other of late. They have only played four times since the last World Cup and Bangladesh have won all of those matches, including their last meeting in the 2018 Asia Cup. Overall, however, Pakistan have won 31 of the 36 meetings between them, with their only other loss to Bangladesh coming way back in 1999.
Although the game lacks much context in terms of qualification, it will have plenty for a number of players who will be playing their last World Cup game. Mashrafe Mortaza of Bangladesh, and Pakistani's Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez will certainly not be around in four years' time. All three have been fine servants to their countries and despite suffering a difficult time in this tournament, they deserve to a fitting send-off. And what better place to play your last World Cup match than at the Home of Cricket.
When: Friday, July 5, 2019, 10.30am Local Time, 3:00 PM IST
Where: Lord's, London.
What to expect: The rain that once threatened to ruin this tournament is long gone. Sun and temperatures in the late 20s are expected for this match, a continuation of the good weather of recent days. The pitch should be hard and dry as a result, which will likely mean a decent day out for the batsmen. There might be some spin on offer too.
Head coach Steve Rhodes said Bangladesh would not be rotating for the sake of rotation, so a full-strength team is expected. Mushfiqur Rahim suffered a blow to the elbow in the nets on Thursday but should be fit for the game. Mehidy Hasan, left out against India, could return given the dry weather. If that happens, Rubel Hossain would probably be preferred to Mohammad Saifuddin after performing better of the two against Virat Kohli's men. Mahmudullah, who missed the game against India with a calf injury, could return too.
Given Pakistan still have a chance of qualification, no matter how remote, they will be reluctant to rotate their squad and may name an unchanged side from their victory over Afghanistan last weekend. If they do move things about, 18 year-old quick Mohammad Hasnain could get a run and Shoaib Malik could be included for a World Cup farewell.
Possible XI: Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfraz Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Wahab Riaz, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Amir
What they said:
"We're interested in finishing on a high note. So we will try our best in tomorrow's match." - Sarfaraz Ahmed is after a winning end to Pakistan's topsy-turvy campaign.
"Bangladesh versus Pakistan at Lord's, the beautiful Lord's, there's no such thing as a dead rubber. Both teams desperate to beat each other. We certainly are." - Bangladesh head coach Steve Rhodes isn't a fan of the concept of dead rubbers.
Pakistan (From): 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, Shoaib Malik, Hasan Ali, Asif Ali, Mohammad Hasnain
Bangladesh (From): Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim(w), Liton Das, Mosaddek Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mashrafe Mortaza(c), Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Mahmudullah, Mehidy Hasan, Mohammad Mithun, Abu Jayed