PREVIEW: On March 1, 2014, Afghanistan beat Bangladesh by 32 runs of their Asia Cup encounter in Fatullah. Again then, the consequence was described as an ‘upset’. A ‘shock’. Bangladesh, having been thought of ‘minnows’ for ages, have been now on the receiving finish of dropping to a lesser workforce. 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 collection 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 – no matter the opposition – is merely what is predicted 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 situations are involved given each side have certified to the subsequent 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 harder recreation; they have been 1 for two at one stage (and likewise misplaced Tamim Iqbal to an damage) earlier than Mushfiqur Rahim performed one in all Bangladesh’s finest ODI knocks. He scored 144 of 150, and acquired first rate help 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 recreation. Shakib Al Hasan was bowled by Lasith Malinga for a first-ball duck, and he too should 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 presupposed to be the harder of the 2 teams within the six-team event, however these two sides ensured the qualification situations have been sealed even earlier than the third recreation started. It is a lifeless rubber, but it surely’s additionally one other likelihood for each side to point out they’re as severe contenders for the event 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.