Bangladesh and Afghanistan face off in their second Asia Cup matches on Saturday, having both been defeated in their opening games of the tournament.
Venue: Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium, Fatullah
Date: Saturday, March 1
Start time: 8 a.m. GMT
Live on: Star Cricket (India), PTV Sports (Pakistan), MTV Sports (Sri Lanka), Channel 9 (Bangladesh), 1 TV (Afghanistan), Star Life OK (UK), ATN (Canada), Willow TV (USA)
Weather: According to Weather.com, it will be partly cloudy with a high of 28 degrees Celsius.
Bangladesh’s opening game of the tournament ended in a defeat by six wickets to India, but it had started well as they batted first and tallied 279-7 from their 50 overs.
Only three other players reached double figures as Mohammed Shami restricted them effectively.
Meanwhile, Afghanistan’s debut in the Asia Cup also ended in defeat as they lost to Pakistan by 72 runs.
Afghanistan defeated Pakistan by 72 runs and now face the tournament hosts desperate to take a victory and show once again that they belong at the top level of international cricket.
Bangladesh (from): Mushfiqur Rahim (capt.), Anamul Haque, Imrul Kayes, Shamsur Rahman, Naeem Islam, Mominul Haque, Nasir Hossain, Arafat Sunny, Ziaur Rahman, Abdur Razzak, Sohag Gazi, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, Rubel Hossain, Al-Amin Hossain, Shakib Al Hasan.
Afghanistan (from): Mohammad Nabi (capt.), Mohammad Shahzad, Noor Ali Zadran, Karim Sadiq, Nowroz Mangal, Asghar Stanikzai, Samiullah Shenwari, Rahmat Shah, Mirwais Ashraf, Fazal Niazai, Hamza Hotak, Hamid Hassan, Shapoor Zadran, Dawlat Zadran, Najeeb Zadran.
Mashrafe Bin Mortaza
Bangladesh’s premier seamer remains Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, still only 30 years old but vastly experienced in international cricket.
He may have gone wicketless against India but had a good economy rate of 4.88 per over and will be relied upon to still be a potent operator with the new ball.
Noor Ali Zadran
In Afghanistan’s loss to Pakistan in their first match, opener Noor Ali Zadran got them off to a good start with 44 from 63 balls.
It was a decent effort against a potent Pakistan bowing attack, and he will be looking to make an even better contribution while building a platform for his country.