Nepal and Bangladesh both won their opening games in their qualifying group and will now square off for what could be the make or break fixture for both sides.
Venue: Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong
Date: Tuesday, March 18
Start time: 1:30 p.m. GMT
Live on: Sky Sports (UK), Fox Sports (Australia), Super Sport (South Africa), BTV (Bangladesh), PTV Sports (Pakistan), Star India (India), SLBC (Sri Lanka), ESPN3 (USA)
Weather: Accuweather predicts warm and sunny conditions with highs of up to 31 degrees Celsius during the day. It will cool to around 24 degrees by the time this fixture commences.
Both Bangladesh and Nepal claimed convincing wins in their opening fixtures and this game could be the most important for both sides. As the hosts, Bangladesh will be expected to win, while Nepal will be expected to put up a challenge.
It goes without saying that Bangladesh hold the aces. They are the more experienced team and playing in their home conditions, they know the pitches inside out. Spin is the main arsenal for this event, with the Mirpur pitch already turning square for the first game and Chittagong won't be much different.
Bangladesh will be enthused by the way Anamul Haque batted in the first match and showed some innovative thinking by promoting Shakib Al Hasan up the order to finish off the job. That kind of adaptability will be key, not only for this phase of the tournament, but also later on.
Despite both sides winning one game already, expectations on both teams will be high. Nepal are no fools to pressure situations, though, and during last year's qualifiers in the United Arab Emirates, they finished third after losing in the semi-finals to Afghanistan.
All in all, it should be a good contest with the importance of the game fueling the performances of both teams.
It goes without saying that Shakib Al Hasan is Bangladesh's star all-rounder. He showed that he will be one of the key assets in the tournament with three wickets and finishing off the innings with the bat. When Al Hasan does well, Bangladesh generally do well.
Nepal's captain Paras Khadka took just one game to capture the hearts of cricket fans. During last year's qualifiers he scored 232 runs in ten games and picked up 11 wickets to boot. He was the second-highest run scorer for Nepal in the tournament and his influence and experience will be key for his side's charge.
Mushfiqur Rahim (captain), Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque (wkt), Shamsur Rahman, Shakib Al Hasan, Mominul Haque, Nasir Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Mohammad Mahmudullah, Abdur Razzak, Sohag Gazi, Mashrafe Mortaza, Farhad Reza, Rubel Hossain, Al-Amin Hossain.
Paras Khadka (captain), Pradeep Airee, Prithu Baskota, Binod Bhandari, Naresh Budhaayer, Shakti Gauchan, Sompal Kami, Avinash Karn, Subash Khakurel, Gyanendra Malla, Jitendra Mukhiya, Sagar Pun, Basanta Regmi, Sharad Vesawkar, Rahul Vishwakarma.
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