Tournament favourites Pakistan will look to top Group D and qualify for the Super Eights when they face neighbours Bangladesh in the final group stage clash of the 2012 World Twenty20.

Who: Pakistan v Bangladesh

Where: Pallekele

When: 3 pm BST

Where to Watch: ESPN will stream the match live on its official Web site. Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD will broadcast the match in the UK.


Hafeez - Whatmore

Former World T20 champions Pakistan are among the favourites to win the tournament this year and Mohammad Hafeez's side seemed to be in fine form after posting a win over New Zealand in their opening game at the weekend.

Almost all the top-order batsmen, including Hafeez, Nasir Jamshed, Imran Nazir and Umar Akmal, made useful contributions for Pakistan in that game, while the bowlers also impressed with disciplined spells. Off-spinner Saeed Ajmal, who claimed four wickets against the Kiwis, remains their trump card in the subcontinent conditions.


Bangladesh suffered a heavy defeat to New Zealand in their opening match and now require a big win in this game to stay alive in the tournament. Mushfiqur Rahim's side will find it difficult to regroup themselves against a team like Pakistan but they will be hoping to produce a good performance so that they can at least go out with their heads held high.

Their bowlers were punished severely by Brendon McCullum, who piled up 123 from 58 balls, while the batsmen, including Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan and Rahim, also failed to take off.

Pakistan are on a good run and look favourites for a win against their subcontinent opponents. However, Bangladesh have managed to produce massive upsets on big stages in the past and have the potential to cause another shock result.

Head-to-Head Record

Pakistan and Bangladesh have met five times in T20 internationals before and the former has emerged the winner every time. In fact, in 44 previous meetings in all formats, Bangladesh have beaten Pakistan only once and that was 13 years ago - at Northampton in a group stage match of the 1999 World Cup.

Probable Line-ups:

Pakistan: Mohammad Hafeez (c), Imran Nazir, Nasir Jamshed, Kamran Akmal (wk), Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzaq, Yasir Arafat, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal

Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Mohammad Ashraful, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (c, wk), Mahmudullah, Nasir Hossain, Ziaur Rahman, Mashrafe Mortaza, Abdur Razzak, Elias Sunny, Shafiul Islam