LATEST UPDATE: Mehidy returns for one more over and he ha managed to maintain issues tight. There’s good spin and bounce on provide for the bowler that makes life tough for Shahzad and Shahidi. Simply Three runs come from the over. Afghanistan are 63/2 after 17 overs.
PREVIEW: On March 1, 2014, Afghanistan beat Bangladesh by 32 runs of their Asia Cup encounter in Fatullah. Again then, the outcome was described as an ‘upset’. A ‘shock’. Bangladesh, having been thought of ‘minnows’ for ages, have been now on the receiving finish of shedding to a lesser group. 4 years later, an Afghanistan win is now not a shock, shock, or an upset. Not too way back, Afghanistan even swept Bangladesh 3-Zero in a T20I sequence in Dehradun, their adopted residence. Afghanistan have risen so quickly that they do not even have fun a victory over Sri Lanka, a rustic that has received the World Cup as soon as and made it to the ultimate twice, as if it is a huge achievement. As a substitute, a victory – regardless of the opposition – is merely what is anticipated of them. It is with this backdrop that they meet Bangladesh once more on September 20 in Abu Dhabi, in a match that does not matter a lot so far as the Asia Cup eventualities are involved given each side have certified to the following spherical.
Either side are right here after defeating Sri Lanka convincingly. Each batted first, put up aggressive totals earlier than their bowlers took over. Bangladesh had a barely more durable sport; they have been 1 for two at one stage (and in addition misplaced Tamim Iqbal to an damage) earlier than Mushfiqur Rahim performed certainly one of Bangladesh’s finest ODI knocks. He scored 144 of 150, and acquired first rate assist from Mohammad Mithun (63) as Bangladesh scored 261. Sri Lanka have been then shot out for 124 in 35.2 overs, with all bowlers having some enjoyable. Bangladesh will as soon as once more look as much as Mushfiqur, given they’ve misplaced Tamim to a fractured wrist he sustained in the course of the first sport. Shakib Al Hasan was bowled by Lasith Malinga for a first-ball duck, and he too must step up in opposition to a potent bowling assault. When Afghanistan swept Bangladesh within the T20Is in June, they did so by way of their spin assault. Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Mohammad Nabi are such good bowlers than Afghanistan want solely round 220 to 250 to be aggressive. That is exactly what they did in opposition to Sri Lanka – get 249 with contributions from a number of batsmen, after which bowl out the opposition for 158. Mujeeb, Rashid, Nabi and pacer Gubadin Naib picked up two wickets apiece. Group B was purported to be the more durable of the 2 teams within the six-team match, however these two sides ensured the qualification eventualities have been sealed even earlier than the third sport started. It is a lifeless rubber, nevertheless it’s additionally one other likelihood for each side to indicate they’re as critical contenders for the match as the opposite two sides from the opposite group.
Bangladesh: Shakib Al Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza(capt), Mohammad Mithun, Liton Das, Mushfiqur Rahim, Ariful Haque, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehidy Hasan, Nazmul Islam, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Abu Hider Rony, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Mominul Haque
Afghanistan: Asghar Afghan(capt), Mohammad Shahzad, 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.