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Preview: Coming off defeats of their first Tremendous 4 matches, Afghanistan and Bangladesh will play to maintain their probabilities alive within the 2018 Asia Cup once they tackle one another on the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.
Whereas Bangladesh acquired a seven-wicket thumping by the hands of India, Afghanistan fought actually laborious however Pakistan someway managed to assert a three-wicket victory.
Issues have not been easy for Mashrafe Mortaza’s males ever since their win in opposition to Sri Lanka within the match opener. Their batsmen have struggled to get going within the final two encounters, and it was largely due to Mushfiqur Rahim (144) and Mohammad Mithun (63) that Bangladesh managed to put up a complete of 261 in opposition to Sri Lanka. Nevertheless, of their matches in opposition to Afghanistan and India, Bangladesh have solely managed totals of 119 and 173 respectively, which has been the principle cause for his or her downfall.
After Tamim Iqbal fractured his wrist within the first match, the opening pair of Liton Das and Nazmul Hossain Shanto have failed to supply even respectable begins to Bangladesh. Consequently, the selectors had been pressured so as to add Soumya Sarkar and Imrul Kayes to their squad for the rest of the match. Each the batsmen will arrive in Abu Dhabi by the tip of the day and will characteristic within the taking part in XI tomorrow.
Bangladesh may even look as much as their seasoned campaigners Shakib Al Hasan, Rahim and Mahmudullah to bat with extra duty and rating the most important chunk of runs. Their top-order as soon as once more failed in opposition to India, and if not for a 66-run stand between Mehidy Hasan (42) and Mortaza (26), issues might have been worse for Bangladesh.
The likes of Mustafizur Rahman, Mortaza, Shakib and Mehidy have executed a good job within the bowling division however they are going to want extra help from their batsmen, who will not actually have it simple versus Afghanistan’s formidable bowling assault.
In all three video games, Afghanistan have been fortunate sufficient to bat first, and their batsmen have executed extraordinarily nicely to put up totals near 250. Afghanistan’s top-three – Mohammad Shahzad, Ihsanullah Janat and Rahmat Shah – have made respectable contributions, whereas hitters like Gulbadin Naib and Rashid Khan have given them a late surge. Their recreation plan has been easy – do not lose too many wickets initially after which capitalise on it late within the innings.
Hashmatullah Shahidi, who scored a superb unbeaten 97 in opposition to Pakistan, hasn’t set the stage on hearth however has allowed different batsmen to bat round him. Afghanistan captain Asghar Afghan, who hit a blistering 56-ball 67 within the final match, will hope his return to type will present his staff extra increase.
The final time these two sides met within the group stage, Bangladesh regarded clueless in opposition to the likes of Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Mohammad Nabi and had been bowled out for simply 119, giving Afghanistan a 136-run win. And as soon as once more it can all boil all the way down to how Bangladeshi batsmen sort out ‘The Trio’.
Afghanistan: Asghar Afghan (capt), Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Ihsanullah Janat, Javed Ahmadi, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Najibullah Zadran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Aftab Alam, Samiullah Shenwari, Munir Ahmad, Sayed Shirzad, Sharafuddin Ashraf.
Bangladesh: Shakib Al Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), Mohammad Mithun, Liton Das, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Ariful Haque, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehidy Hasan, Nazmul Islam, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Abu Hider Rony, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Mominul Haque, Soumya Sarkar, Imrul Kayes.