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Pakistan’s chances of beating Bangladesh might have been given a boost as Bangladesh wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim could potentially miss the match due to an elbow injury.
Rahim was struck on the elbow while training at Lord’s on Thursday and there are concerns about whether he will be fit for the match.
“Mushfiq got a little knock on the elbow in the nets. I’ve have not discussed with the physio (Thihan Chandramohan) yet regarding the matter,” Bangladesh head coach Steve Rhodes was quoted as saying by the Dhaka Tribune. “Generally, after [getting hit] on that sort of area, most people are okay. I don’t remember too many people breaking elbows while batting. So I’m hoping that he’ll be okay, but obviously it will be assessed later.”
If Rahim is ruled out of the match, it is likely that Liton Das will take his place behind the stumps.
In addition to Rahim, all-rounder Mahmudullah could miss the match as well as he has not fully recovered from the torn calf muscle he sustained in his side’s 62-run win over Afghanistan in Southampton on June 24.
Reports also suggest that captain Mashrafe Mortaza might be sidelined for the game as he has been nursing a hamstring injury throughout the World Cup.
Pakistan need to beat Bangladesh by over 300 runs in order to qualify for the World Cup semi-finals. However, if Bangladesh opt to bat first, then the men in green have no chance of going through.
Should this happen, New Zealand will join Australia, India and England in the last four.