LAHORE: Bangladesh have won the toss against Pakistan in the second Twenty20 International (T20I) on Saturday and decided to bat first at the Gaddafi Stadium Lahore (GSL).
The visitors have made one change to their playing XI as Mahedi Hasan is in for Mohammad Mithun while Pakistan are unchanged.
Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Mohammad Naim, Afif Hossain, Liton Das (wk), Mahmudullah (capt.), Soumya Sarkar, Mahedi Hasan, Aminul Islam, Shafiul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Al-Amin Hossain
Pakistan: Ahsan Ali, Babar Azam (capt.), Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Shadab Khan, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Hasnain
Umpires: Ahsan Raza (PAK) and Shozab Raza (PAK)
TV umpire: Ahmed Shahab (PAK)
Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SRI)
The hosts are eyeing to seal the three-match series by winning today’s contest while Bangladesh are looking for survival in the three-match series after losing the first T20I.
Spectators in large numbers are witnessing the encounter at the stadium to cheer the Green Shirts as revival of international cricket continues in Pakistan.
The hosts had defeated Bangladesh by five wickets in Friday’s opener when clinical Shoaib Malik shined on his comeback and took Pakistan over the line by scoring 58 off 45 while chasing the visitors’ score of 141.
The victory had consolidated Pakistan’s chances of hanging on to their world number one ranking in the shortest format. However, if they lose any of the remaining matches – on Saturday and Monday, also in Lahore, Australia will replace them at the top.