Bangladesh vs. Afghanistan, Asia Cup ODI: Date, Time, TV Info and Preview

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Bangladesh vs. Afghanistan, Asia Cup ODI: Date, Time, TV Info and Preview
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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.

 

Overview

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.

Anamul Haque started things off at the top of the order with 77, while captain Mushfiqur Rahim led the way with 117.

Only three other players reached double figures as Mohammed Shami restricted them effectively.

In reply, Bangladesh had their opponents wobbling slightly at 54-2 after Abdur Razzak and Ziaur Rahman removed Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma in the space of two overs.

However, that brought Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane to the crease, and they mounted a partnership of 213 to take India to the brink of victory.

It was then left to Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik to take their side home, which they did for the loss of just four wickets with an over to spare.

For Bangladesh, Rubel Hossain, Razzak, Rahman and Sohag Gazi took one wicket apiece, with the majority of their bowlers going at five runs per over or more.

Meanwhile, Afghanistan’s debut in the Asia Cup also ended in defeat as they lost to Pakistan by 72 runs.

Batting first, Ahmed Shehzad made 50 and Umar Akmal an unbeaten 102 for Pakistan.

For Afghanistan, Dawlat Zadran, Mirwais Ashraf and Samiullah Shenwari each took two wickets, while Hamza Hotak took one as they kept Pakistan to 248-8 from their 50 overs.

In reply, the Afghans started well with Noor Ali Zadran and Asghar Stanikzai making 44 and 40, respectively, at the top of the order.

Unfortunately, after both were removed, Afghanistan’s innings subsided with Mohammad Hafeez taking three wickets and Saeed Ajmal taking two on a spin-friendly pitch.

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.

 

Team News

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.

 

Key Players

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.

 

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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.

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