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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 obtained a seven-wicket thumping by the hands of India, Afghanistan fought actually laborious however Pakistan one way or the other managed to assert a three-wicket victory.
Issues have not been easy for Mashrafe Mortaza’s males ever since their win towards 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 publish a complete of 261 towards Sri Lanka. Nevertheless, of their matches towards Afghanistan and India, Bangladesh have solely managed totals of 119 and 173 respectively, which has been the primary 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. In consequence, the selectors have 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 will even look as much as their seasoned campaigners Shakib Al Hasan, Rahim and Mahmudullah to bat with extra duty and rating the foremost chunk of runs. Their top-order as soon as once more failed towards 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 an honest job within the bowling division however they are going to want extra assist from their batsmen, who will not actually have it straightforward 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 effectively to publish 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 sport plan has been easy – do not lose too many wickets firstly after which capitalise on it late within the innings.
Hashmatullah Shahidi, who scored an excellent unbeaten 97 towards 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 crew extra enhance.
The final time these two sides met within the group stage, Bangladesh regarded clueless towards the likes of Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Mohammad Nabi and have been bowled out for simply 119, giving Afghanistan a 136-run win. And as soon as once more it’ll 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.