Pakistan will take on Bangladesh in the first T20I at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on Friday (January 24).
Pakistan's form in this format has been poor since the start of 2019 as they have lost all their series since then and now will be looking to return to winning ways in this series as it's a T20 World Cup year and this number one side in the world has to prove why they are so. Captain Babar Azam as usual has to lead from front and he will have the experience of Shoaib Malik and Mohammed Hafeez and in the bowling young pacers like Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf and Mohammad Hasnain will be eager to make their marks.
On the other hand, Bangladesh too will look to beat the hosts in their own backyard and players who are coming after having a good season of Bangladesh Premier League will look to carry their form into this series. Captain Mahmudullah, Tamim Iqbal and Mustafizur Rahman have to take the responsibility and youngsters like Afif Hossain, Mehidy Hasan and Liton Das too have a good opportunity to show their talents.
All the major stats and facts ahead of the first T20I between Pakistan and Bangladesh in Lahore
Head to Head -
T20I matches - 10
Pakistan won - 8
Bangladesh won - 2
1 - Pakistan have won only one of their last ten T20I matches and the only win came against South Africa in South Africa last year.
12 - Tamim Iqbal needs 12 more runs to go past Shakib Al Hasan's tally of 1567 runs and become leading run-scorer for Bangladesh in T20I format.
50 - Shadab Khan needs 4 more wickets to complete 50 wickets in T20I cricket. He will become the seventh Pakistan bowler to achieve this feat.
92 - Mohammed Hafeez needs 92 more runs to become the second Pakistan batsman after Shoaib Malik (2251) to score 2000 runs in T20I cricket.
150 - Pakistan will play their 150th T20I match and they will become the first team to play 150 T20I matches.
1000 - Sabbir Rahman needs 54 more runs to complete 1000 runs in T20I cricket.