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Rain foils Bangla-Pak warm-up battle

Rain foils Bangla-Pak warm-up battle

Sports Desk: The practice match between Bangladesh and Pakistan has been abandoned due to rain and inclement weather at Sophia Garden Cricket Stadium in Cardiff on Sunday. The pitch was covered since morning as it was drizzling at the venue. Even the toss was not possible in the game in which Bangladesh eyed to fine tune the combination further and figure out what is imperative for the team. Now Bangladesh will face India at the same venue tomorrow (Tuesday.) Bangladesh will face South Africa in their first match of the World Cup on June 2. Bangladesh, however, will get another chance to warm-up before the cricket's biggest extravaganza rolls on to the ground when they take on India in the second practice game on Tuesday, also at the Cardiff. Game against Pakistan was supposed to be Bangladesh's first game after lifting the tri-series trophy in Ireland. Bangladesh came into the match with perfect record against Pakistan in the last four ODIs. Just after the 2015 World Cup, Pakistan visited Bangladesh for a three-match ODI series and the Tigers whitewashed them in that series to genuinely establish them as the proper cricketing giants. Thereafter the two teams faced off each other in the Asia Cup in 2018, in which Bangladesh beat Pakistan by 37 runs. Mushfqur Rahim became the first Bangladeshi batsman to fall for 99 while Mustafizur Rahman claimed four wickets in that match. In Cardiff, Bangladesh also has demonstrated hundred percent success. They had made the biggest upset in the cricket history on this ground, stunning the then all mighty Australia by five wickets in 2005 and then in 2017 ICC Champions Trophy, they beat New Zealand here, recovering from 33-4 to secure a five-wicket victory, which helped them to move into the semis. Mashrafe is the only player in Bangladesh team to play those memorable matches in Cardiff. However whether they could maintain the hundred success in Cardiff will be evident when they would take on India on tomorrow. Bangladesh will start their World Cup mission, taking on South Africa at the Oval on June 2.

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