Mirpur: Pakistani batsmen might have been criticised for their inconsistency in the ongoing Asia Cup, but Mohammad Amir has won more praise than any other bowler in the tournament.
Amir started his Asia Cup campaign on a brilliant note against India. After the team got skittled out for just 83 batting first, the seamer got his team to a dream start by dismissing Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane in the first over of the innings. Amir went on to scalp Suresh Raina soon, leaving the Men in Blue wobbling at 8/3.
Even though Virat Kohli went on to weather the storm, Amir's spell was one of the finest the sport has seen in any form of cricket lately. After the match, Kohli, who loves challenges, was full of praise for the 23-year-old.
Pakistan need their champion speedster to bowl a similar spell against Bangladesh in Match 8, which is a must-win game for them.
While Bangladesh are second in the points table with four points, Shahid Afridi-led Pakistan are struggling at number four with one win from two matches. A loss will mean not only the end of their campaign, but it would also be curtains for Sri Lanka, who have lost two out of their last three matches.
Bangladesh will have the local crowd behind them and only a special spell from Amir can keep Pakistan's hope alive going forward.