When Bangladesh meet Pakistan in the last Asia Cup Super Four game, it will be a virtual semifinal between two teams who have had similar paths to this point. Both have won two matches out of four so far. Bangladesh have been beset by injury problems and hounded by the type of desert heat that they have never experienced as a team, while Pakistan will have to contend with the dispiriting demolitions they suffered in two meetings against archrivals India.
The match will start at 5:30pm (Bangladesh time) at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi today.
Just on the basis of results, Bangladesh should be feeling better going into this match. They started the tournament by trouncing a quality team in Sri Lanka and then, after two big losses against the ever-impressive Afghanistan and India, bounced back to edge out the former with a spirited three-run win in their last match on Sunday. Pakistan, meanwhile have beaten Hong Kong in the group stage and just got across the line against Afghanistan on Friday, but their most recent outing was morale-shattering.