Asia Cup 2018, Fourth Match, Fourth Match, Bangladesh vs Afghanistan
Sunday, September 23, 2018, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Battle to stay alive in the tournament! The loser of this game will be knocked out of the ongoing Asia Cup 2018 season while the winner will have to win their next match as well to book a place in the final. Bangladesh batsmen were completely clueless against Afghan spinners in their last encounter while Afghanistan are a better batting unit than they last played Bangladesh.
In the three games played so far in this tournament, Bangladesh won their first game against Sri Lanka while lost their next two games to Afghanistan and India. On the other hand, Afghanistan won their first two games against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Against Pakistan, they were so close to winning but they could not get over the line!
Bangladesh added two batsmen to their squad – Imrul Kayes and Soumya Sarkar – to strengthen their batting unit which looks weak at the moment. However, it is uncertain at this point if any of the two players gets a chance to play against Afghanistan in this game. On the other hand, high flying Afghanistan might not make any changes to their playing XI!
Head to Head Record:
Overall:Matches Played – 6, Bangladesh Won – 3, Afghanistan Won – 3
In Asia Cup: MatchesPlayed – 2, Bangladesh Won – 0, Afghanistan Won – 2
Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Ihsanullah Janat, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan (c), Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Aftab Alam, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Javed Ahmadi, Samiullah Shenwari, Munir Ahmad, Sayed Shirzad, Sharafuddin Ashraf
Liton Das, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Mehidy Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Ariful Haque, Nazmul Islam, Abu Hider Rony, Mominul Haque, Soumya Sarkar, Imrul Kayes
Asia Cup 2018 ‘Super Four’ Schedule:
Match #1: Sep 21, India vs Bangladesh, Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Match #2: Sep 21, Pakistan vs Afghanistan, Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Match #3: Sep 23, India vs Pakistan,Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Match #4: Sep 23, Afghanistan vs Bangladesh, Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Match #5: Sep 25, India vs Afghanistan, Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Match #6: Sep 26, Pakistan vs Bangladesh, Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
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