Will the Tigers be able to keep the series alive against a strong Pakistan side?

After a long while, the Tigers find themselves in a situation where they have to play to save a series in home conditions.

Will the Tigers be able to keep the series alive against a strong Pakistan side?

Saif AL Imam Shota
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Bangladesh will be taking on Pakistan for the second game of the three match T20I series on Saturday. After a long while, the Tigers find themselves in a situation where they have to play to save a series in home conditions. 
The top order batting will the biggest concern for Bangladesh, as Mohammad Naim, Saif Hassan and Najmul Hossain Shanto were helpless against Pakistan's bowling in the powerplay; with all three of them falling away like a house of cards. 
Another area of concern will be the death over bowling for the Tigers. Both Mustafizur Rahman and Shoriful Islam were exceptional in their first three overs. However, both of them leaked 15 runs each in their final overs, which allowed Pakistan to take the game eventually. 
However, Bangladesh will be glad that they gave a good fight against such an formidable opposition with a sub par total on board. The likes of Afif Hossain stepped up in the middle phases of the game, when the team was struggling to stay afloat. Nurul Hasan and Mahadi Hasan provided a strong finish to give the bowlers something to bowl at. In the bowling department, Taskin Ahmed and Mahadi shined again, along with some contributions from Mustafizur and Shoriful. 
Pakistan who are ahead in the series, will have mixed emotions for their victory. Although they were the better side in the match, they had some flaws of their own too. To start of with, the top order crumbled in pursuit of 128, leaving Pakistan rattled at 24/4. They also gave away quite a lot of runs in the death overs, allowing Bangladesh to get back in the contest. 
However, Pakistan will be pleased with the bowling performance Hassan Ali, Shadab Khan and Mohamad Wasim displayed in the first game. The gritted batting of Fakhar Zaman and Khusdil Shah, followed by some big hitting from Shadab and Mohammad Nawaz was the difference in the end. 
Possible XI
Bangldesh: Mohammad Naim, Saif Hassan, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Afif Hossain, Mahmudullah (c), Nurul Hasan (wk), Mahadi Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Aminul Islam Biplob, Shoriful Islam, Mustafizur Rahman 
Pakistan: Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Shoaib Malik, Khusdil Shah, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Hassan Ali, Mohammad Wasim, Haris Rauf