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PREVIEW: Pakistan, Bangladesh turn attention to 1st Test

Bangladesh play host to Pakistan in Test cricket for the first time since 2015 and are seeking their first win in the rivalry.

Pakistan vs Bangladesh
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Bangladesh play host to Pakistan in Test cricket for the first time since 2015 and are seeking their first win in the rivalry.

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Pakistan have won ten of the 11 meetings between the two sides with the only draw coming in Khulna in 2015

Bangladesh vs Pakistan | 26 November – 30 November | Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong | 06:00

To Win Match

Bangladesh 13/2 | Draw 9/2 | Pakistan 1/3

Bangladesh

Without Tamim Iqbal Bangladesh will need to find some runs if they are to compete against a confident Pakistan.

Shakib-al-Hasan failed a fitness test and he will also miss the first Test as he struggles to recover from a hamstring injury.

Mominul Haque will take charge of the side following the retirement from Test cricket of Mahmudullah.

Bangladesh have given up innings defeats to Pakistan in both the Tests they have played at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong.

Pakistan

Pakistan start this series as firm favourites but will need to be wary of the cornered Bangladesh Tigers.

They will have a selection poser over the array of their bowlers, considering the surface could favour the spinners.

It appears likely that Hasan Ali might be rested for the first Test and Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah and Mohamad Abbas could serve as a three-pronged pace attack.

Allrounder Mohammad Nawaz has been in good touch and could be one to watch in this series for Pakistan.

Test specialist Fawad Alam will see Bangladesh as a great opportunity to continue an incredible run of form in the format.

Verdict: Pakistan 1/3

Pakistan should have the quality to best a depleted Bangladesh. For a bit more value, back Pakistan to claim teh highest first innings opening partnership at 9/20.

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