Bangladesh v Afghanistan, Asia Cup, Fatullah February 28, 2014

Bangladesh weakened for must-win game

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Match facts


March 1, 2014
Start time 1400 local (0800 GMT)

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Does Afghanistan make Bangladesh nervous? Like higher-ranked teams are wary of the banana peel when they play Bangladesh, the hosts will also be cautious of an opponent that has little to lose. That said, it is also Bangladesh's best chance to win their first game in 2014.

Mushfiqur Rahim's team has had a horrible start to the year. They lost seven games across formats to Sri Lanka and then the Asia Cup opener to India. They will face Afghanistan without Tamim Iqbal and Mashrafe Mortaza, who are injured, and the banned Shakib Al Hasan. There are concerns over Mushfiqur too; the Bangladesh captain was taken to hospital for scans on his shoulder after the game against India.

Anamul Haque's form against India, though, was encouraging for Bangladesh but they will hope he can forge a strong opening stand with Shamsur Rahman after poor starts in the last four games. And whoever is in charge of the batting line-up must use Nasir Hossain and Naeem Islam properly.

Nasir has scored 69 runs in his last four innings - his first poor patch in international cricket - and Shakib's replacement Naeem batted at the wrong time - the batting Powerplay - for his sort of game.

In Mashrafe's absence, Abdur Razzak will need to play a central role the bowling attack, while the rest focus on economical ten-over spells. The fielding has also been shoddy of late and needs improvement.

Afghanistan have their own concerns after the game against Pakistan, though they performed creditably. Their batting fell away after the second-wicket partnership between Noor Ali Zadran and Asghar Stanikzai. That stand was a bit slow and pushed up the asking rate but such struggles are par for the course when an Associate takes on a Full Member. The captain Mohammad Nabi will be a threat, and Bangladesh's bowlers have seen him attack during the Dhaka Premier League.

Form guide

(Completed matches, most recent first)

Bangladesh LLLLW

Afghanistan LWWWW

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Anamul Haque showed against India that he can bat with maturity. He attacked Varun Aaron, having found the fast bowler to his liking, and while he was quieter against the rest of the attack, he didn't look out of his depth. Bangladesh will hope for a follow-up performance, something Anamul hasn't been able to do for a while.

Noor Ali Zadran was Afghanistan's top-scorer against Pakistan, and played some good back-foot shots through the off side against the fast bowlers during his 44. He needs to play better against spin though.

Match facts


Bangladesh will wait on Mushfiqur's shoulder to improve and take a last minute call on him. If he fails to recover in time, Imrul Kayes is the only available choice. Mashrafe's injury means a game for his replacement Shafiul Islam.

Bangladesh (likely): 1 Anamul Haque (wk), 2 Shamsur Rahman, 3 Mominul Haque, 4 Imrul Kayes/Mushfiqur Rahim (capt), 5 Naeem Islam, 6 Nasir Hossain, 7 Ziaur Rahman, 8 Sohag Gazi, 9 Shafiul Islam/Al-Amin Hossain, 10 Abdur Razzak, 11 Rubel Hossain

Afghanistan coach Kabir Khan said Hamid Hassan will play, possibly in place of Mirwais Ashraf, their most accurate bowler in the Pakistan game.

Afghanistan (likely): 1 Mohammad Shahzad (wk), 2 Noor Ali Zadran, 3 Asghar Stanikzai, 4 Nawroz Mangal, 5 Mohammad Nabi (capt), 6 Samiullah Shenwari, 7 Najibullah Zadran, 8 Hamid Hassan/Mirwais Ashraf, 9 Hamza Hotak, 10 Daulat Zadran, 11 Shapoor Zadran.

Pitch and conditions


Batting hasn't been easy in the afternoon and evening on a slow surface. There has been dew on some days in Fatullah, depending on overhead conditions during the day.

Stats and trivia


  • Mushfiqur Rahim is the second Bangladesh captain to score an ODI century at home, after Shakib Al Hasan.

  • Mohammad Nabi and Samiullah Shenwari have played all 28 of Aghanistan's ODIs so far.

Quotes


"We gave Hamid Hassan a break so that he is ready for the Bangladesh game."
Afghanistan coach Kabir Khan

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • BanglaBandhu on March 1, 2014, 11:25 GMT

    We'll done AFG! Great come back! Really nice to see true fighting spirit. Especially as batting is regarded as being the weakest area for AFG. A lot now depends on the mentality of the BD players. The score is below par for the wicket and BD managed to chase down NZ at over 300 on the same ground a few months back!

    Once again well done AFG.

  • BanglaBandhu on March 1, 2014, 9:01 GMT

    Arafat Sunny is taking advantage of his chances. He did brilliantly against Sri Lanka in when he came in as a replacement due to injured players. There was a strong argument to bring him in from the start but the general consensus was to run with the more established players.

    We'll with two wickets this game maybe be making a claim to be a regular for the team.

  • BanglaBandhu on March 1, 2014, 8:14 GMT

    The irony... There was a lot of talk about AFG not being able to play spin ... But it was a seamer (rubel) who bowled at Shazad. Let's hope AFG put up a competitive score. As a BD I want Bangladesh to win but welcome AFG's involvement to the tournament.

  • on March 1, 2014, 8:00 GMT

    Afghani play really well .... Bangladesh treat as very well so the game maybe good contest .... If afghanis are playing alike previous match (defensive ) they should loses quickly again.....

  • on March 1, 2014, 7:49 GMT

    I hope we will win the game easily Ins Allah.

  • SHEREHIND on March 1, 2014, 7:33 GMT

    Blessing in disguise for Afghanis , they have to bat first and I believe it is good for them, as they have a better bowling unit.

  • on March 1, 2014, 7:13 GMT

    who's going to win this match can any when predict

  • Taazz on March 1, 2014, 7:06 GMT

    Hi, As a Bangladeshi fan I want Bangladesh to win.. but also want afgan to play well.. with us and with other teams.. as i heard that they do not get facilities to practice cricket like others do get.. so if they can perform well.. they may get the fair chances.. also will motivate them to be a stronger them.. I welcome this team..also praise them for their bowling performance against Pakistan. good luck our new member.

  • Abaa on March 1, 2014, 7:05 GMT

    Bangladesh without Sakib, Tamim, Musfiqur and Mashrafe among others ... Smart strategy as once they lose they have a very good excuse that they were short on their key players :-P Remember Afghanistan is a team that almost beat Pakistan and Pakistan is a team that can crush Bangladesh with their eyes closed

  • on March 1, 2014, 7:05 GMT

    oh boy! I never thought that a day will come when beating Ban will be called an upset. Now I can die in peace.

  • BanglaBandhu on March 1, 2014, 11:25 GMT

    We'll done AFG! Great come back! Really nice to see true fighting spirit. Especially as batting is regarded as being the weakest area for AFG. A lot now depends on the mentality of the BD players. The score is below par for the wicket and BD managed to chase down NZ at over 300 on the same ground a few months back!

    Once again well done AFG.

  • BanglaBandhu on March 1, 2014, 9:01 GMT

    Arafat Sunny is taking advantage of his chances. He did brilliantly against Sri Lanka in when he came in as a replacement due to injured players. There was a strong argument to bring him in from the start but the general consensus was to run with the more established players.

    We'll with two wickets this game maybe be making a claim to be a regular for the team.

  • BanglaBandhu on March 1, 2014, 8:14 GMT

    The irony... There was a lot of talk about AFG not being able to play spin ... But it was a seamer (rubel) who bowled at Shazad. Let's hope AFG put up a competitive score. As a BD I want Bangladesh to win but welcome AFG's involvement to the tournament.

  • on March 1, 2014, 8:00 GMT

    Afghani play really well .... Bangladesh treat as very well so the game maybe good contest .... If afghanis are playing alike previous match (defensive ) they should loses quickly again.....

  • on March 1, 2014, 7:49 GMT

    I hope we will win the game easily Ins Allah.

  • SHEREHIND on March 1, 2014, 7:33 GMT

    Blessing in disguise for Afghanis , they have to bat first and I believe it is good for them, as they have a better bowling unit.

  • on March 1, 2014, 7:13 GMT

    who's going to win this match can any when predict

  • Taazz on March 1, 2014, 7:06 GMT

    Hi, As a Bangladeshi fan I want Bangladesh to win.. but also want afgan to play well.. with us and with other teams.. as i heard that they do not get facilities to practice cricket like others do get.. so if they can perform well.. they may get the fair chances.. also will motivate them to be a stronger them.. I welcome this team..also praise them for their bowling performance against Pakistan. good luck our new member.

  • Abaa on March 1, 2014, 7:05 GMT

    Bangladesh without Sakib, Tamim, Musfiqur and Mashrafe among others ... Smart strategy as once they lose they have a very good excuse that they were short on their key players :-P Remember Afghanistan is a team that almost beat Pakistan and Pakistan is a team that can crush Bangladesh with their eyes closed

  • on March 1, 2014, 7:05 GMT

    oh boy! I never thought that a day will come when beating Ban will be called an upset. Now I can die in peace.

  • on March 1, 2014, 7:00 GMT

    The playing 11 should be these 1)shamsur 2)n3)should be imrul or anamul 4)nayeem5)nasir6)ziaur7)gazi8)razzak9)shafiul 10)rubel

  • ChandimaEranda on March 1, 2014, 6:52 GMT

    It's happening every time and even proved in past that higher ranking teams are getting nervous when they are playing against new inexperience teams. We should wish Afghan team not for win but for their participation and courage that they showed up to get selected for Asia cup in such difficult conditions.

  • on March 1, 2014, 6:52 GMT

    I think Afghanistan should win and knock out BD from tournament and claim a place in ICC in Place of Bangla Desh.They have strong bowling line up and should prove their worth in the match.If they can retain their composure in the match they shall win.

  • BanglaBandhu on March 1, 2014, 6:40 GMT

    This match will be closer than it should be, simply because many of BAN's first choice players are out. No Shakib, Tamim, Mashrafe and possibly even Mushifq. Mushi doesn't just bring stats and figures to the BAN team, he brings their fighting spirit and motivation. If Imrul Kaye is brought in as a replacement, despite his 100 in the SL test, it is no way near a like for like swap.

    Despite all the above, BAN is still likely to win with a few possible scares along the way!

  • on March 1, 2014, 6:35 GMT

    Bangladesh have to win todays game. It's a great opportunity for bd to open their account in the asia cup. But they have to play well.

  • BeReal87 on March 1, 2014, 6:35 GMT

    If afghanistan had one forth of resources of Bangladesh they would have great chances of wining against teams like Australia and india. There in not a single cricket ground in country so far. They have no facilities like ireland, bangladesh, or even kenya. They have to go pakistan or sharjah for practice. They have no world class coach like all other associates and full members. They are here just with their hard work and dedication.

  • yohandf on March 1, 2014, 6:18 GMT

    As a Sri Lankan fan , i m looking forward to this game with hopes of a thriling game . But i clearly see a Bangladeshi advantage . They are playing at home knowing conditions the most but little week due to absences of Mush , Shakib . But Afghanistan looked uncertain of a run chase in last game whether to go for runs or keep wickets in hand . That showed their inexperience which Bangladesh should capitalize . Bat first get 300 and put pressure . On the other hand Afghan team would think this is their best chance to win an asia cup game . SO THIS WILL CERTAINLY BE A FIRED UP GAME , THOUGH NOT THAT DECISVE IN QUALIFYING TO FINALS . BUT WHO KNOWS .

  • on March 1, 2014, 6:15 GMT

    Afgans are very weak against spin and clueless, this is a piece of cake if BD play with their potential. If they utilize their spinners proper way they will win this match with Bonus point which is very useful if they are wish to go for the final.

  • Lakpj on March 1, 2014, 6:11 GMT

    @AbdulMohamad731 "Cant believe Hamid Hassan did not play, he is the best bowler in the world" are you kidding mate? he has only played few games that too against the associates and not against any of the top 8. Doesn't your world include Steyn, Johnson, Malinga.. etc..

  • on March 1, 2014, 6:09 GMT

    game not easy for bangladesh

  • fr600 on March 1, 2014, 6:09 GMT

    Something weird is going on with BD team and senior players.

  • Incisor on March 1, 2014, 5:46 GMT

    Come on you Afghani boys!!!! I'll be supporting you from Australia. You won't get a better chance than this. Beating Bangladesh will really make the world sit up and take notice. Just a bit of patience I think done them in against Pakistan. I am so glad they are playing in the Asia Cup though. I can't wait to see you down under!

  • MeijiMura on March 1, 2014, 5:33 GMT

    Does Afghanistan make Bangladesh nervous?

    They should. In fact they should make everyone nervous.

    Today's game will be the first of at least three matches the two countries will play with matches in the T20 Qualifier to follow and their World Cup match-up after that.

    Afghanistan have a potent bowling attack and apart from a bad mistake that cost them the match against Pakistan, their fielding looks very good too. Afghanistan's glaring weakness is their batting.

    Bangladesh need to treat the Afghan bowlers with respect otherwise they seriously risk losing this match which will cause shockwaves through Bangladeshi cricket and cricket around the world as well.

    Dawlat Zadran looms very much as the danger man given that he is Afghanistan's quickest bowler and one of the quickest in world cricket. Very few, if any, are quicker than him in world cricket these days.

  • SamWintson92 on March 1, 2014, 5:26 GMT

    Continued... Sorry, I guess I wrote Mahmudullah at 7 by mistake. It will be Ziaur. BAN XI vs Afghansitan: 1 Shamsur 2 Anamul (WK) 3 Mominul 4 Mushfiqur (C)/Kayes 5 Naeem 6 Nasir 7 Ziaur 8 Gazi 9 Razzak (C) 10 Rubel 11 Al-Amin. If Musifiqur isn't fit for this match, then Imrul Kayes should replace him at 4. I'm not in support with shuffling the batting order to slot Kayes in the opening position as this will interrupt the flow going towards the next bigger matches when the batting order needs to be changed again with the return of Shakib & Mushfiqur. So much of change in the batting order doesn't bring any good for the team.

  • SamWintson92 on March 1, 2014, 5:13 GMT

    1. The best thing about teams like Afghanistan & ireland is they make the full use of the opportunities they are given making full use of their limited resources. Every now & then they seemed to almost capture big scalps. But the sad thing is that they aren't greatly exposed in international scene or nor they're ICC full time members. 2. Whereas Ban never seems to value cricket & plays it with complacency. 3. & what to tell about Zimbabwe ? Don't pay salaries to players, can't organize international matches. Such an irony in 21st century ! Anyways, BAN XI for this match: 1 Shamsur 2 Anamul 3 Mominul 4 Mushfiqur (C)/Kayes 5 Naeem 6 Nasir 7 Mahmudullah 8 Gazi 9 Razzak (C) 10 Rubel 11 Al-Amin. * If Mushfiqur isn't fit then Razzak should be the captain. No Nasir as the skipper because his form has dipped. * Can't believe why there was no Hamid Hasan in Afg team vs Pak. No player can be rested in that big match, he was overlooked for no reason !

  • bootlicker on March 1, 2014, 5:01 GMT

    This is BAN's game. There is no doubt, the way the BAN played last few matches with SL and India I can come to this conclusion very easily. Yes I know there can be uncertainties but BAN have got the talent, the desire and the ability. What else you want to win matches. They were unable to post a win because they met one of the strongest teams in the world. SL is a different kettle of fish, they can beat any team in any country on any surface in the world. The secret of their winning habit is the team is full of unorthodox talents. No team can be compared with SL in this respect. India is very ordinary, if all performs well they can win otherwise the whole team will go down the drain. Pakistan got enough talents than India and they use it wisely under Misbah very effectively. BAN have got enough experience now. Cricket is a mind game, you need to have a strong mind to understand the situation and apply accordingly. BAN should learn this from SL. This is the other aspect SL are good at.

  • on March 1, 2014, 4:55 GMT

    Bangladesh, if you are good enough, you should be able to overcome Afghanistan minus 3 or 4 of your regular players. After playing such competitive cricket against SL and India, I don,t see why you worry somuch. Afghanistan is a good upcoming side, but I'm quite sure India, Pakistan and SL are confident that even their A tems could beat them. So as a test country, why not you?

  • on March 1, 2014, 4:54 GMT

    We are paying Bangladesh at the right time as they won't have couple of key players. But we are still going underdogs as they are most experience than us. Afghanistan will rely on bowlers if they want win otherwise the batting is not yet reliable. If we win the toss and bat first then we can hope for upset but the score need to be respectable which I don't think our batsmen can achieve. Bangladesh are still going favourites into this match as they are host but they don't need to take us lightly. Go Afghan Tigers Pull a first ever upset here

  • Legaleagle on March 1, 2014, 4:40 GMT

    Pathetic team has already started coming up with excuses.

  • Bangladesh_Forever on March 1, 2014, 4:39 GMT

    Even in the shortage of trump cards, I believe, Tigers can well win this game. My XI: (1) Shamsur (2) Kayes (3) Naeem (4) Mominul (5) Nasir (capt.) (6) Anamul (wk) (7) Zia (8) Gazi (9) Razzak (10) Arafat (11) Al-Amin.

    Naeem and Anamul must switch positions to fit scoring requirements. Mominul, as the best batsman should bat at 4. Bowlers- Al-Amin 10 overs, Arafat 10 overs, Razzak 10 overs, Gazi, 10 overs, Zia 5-10 overs, Nasir 5-10 overs (In the absence of Shakib BD will always need a part-timer to fill the 50 over quota)

  • on March 1, 2014, 4:30 GMT

    I am MANZOOR from Afghanistan I want say to my dear Bangladeshian brothers Afghanistan have so strong bowling line Inshallah we con win the game

  • anik.bd88 on March 1, 2014, 3:51 GMT

    I think bd obviously winn this game. 1 matter that is, if bd today naver miss a catch and fielding. Player selaction does't matter.

  • on March 1, 2014, 2:54 GMT

    this is a big chance for Afghanistan to win this game ezle. in Bangladesh squat they haven't prepared a strong teme . hope to win Afghanistan this game and don't mess this chances

  • marlboro19 on March 1, 2014, 1:26 GMT

    It won't be an upset at all if Afg wins. Bd has home conditions, crowd support, an established domestic structure, and experience of many years against Afg, but Afg team is more talented imo. It will be a test to see which team deserves the full member status. Good luck to both the teams.

  • WorldWideCricket on March 1, 2014, 0:33 GMT

    Zakirali@: AFG should have achieved more by now (more than IRE) because AFG players have the opportunity to play in Pakistan' Cricket System, one of the BEST in the world, which have produced cricket like Wasim, Waqar,Imran, Abdul Kader, Shoaib. If BD had that opportunity, they would be top 5 by now. AFG all success came by playing associates only, they do not have good record against top 8. IRE are much better balanced team than AFG, and they truly deserve TEST status. I am sure IRE can give BD hard time, not AFG.

  • WorldWideCricket on March 1, 2014, 0:29 GMT

    Zakirali @: Alhamdulillah BD U19 is enough to beat AFG senior team. Recently BD U19 beat AFG U19 by 10 wickets and chasing 200+ runs.

    BTW, would you please tell me how many AFG current players came directly from AFG main land playing in current AFG cricket system?

    Our all BD players (whether they are good or bad) came directly from Bangladesh mainland.

  • Dhutugemunu on February 28, 2014, 23:18 GMT

    Is this the 4th place play off in Asia Cup?

  • i_golam on February 28, 2014, 21:02 GMT

    Why Rubel again ? For God sake ... 9 - 0 - 70 - 0 or 1 !!! Why not give some chans to Taskin & some other youngstar in form ? The great "Shachin T " was 16 ?? "Bad karma" / KUFA ... thats what is going for BD right now !!! Hope BD takes seriously the AFG's ... otherwise it can become a rebuff !!!

  • on February 28, 2014, 20:11 GMT

    With Mashrafee out and Mushfiq a doubtful starter, Bangladesh batting team should be (if Mushi doesn't play) Shamsur, Imrul, Anamul, Mominul, Naeem, Nasir, Ziaur, Gazi, Razzaq, ARAFAT SUNNY and Rubel. Yes, Arafat Sunny! Spin is Bangladesh's strength and they should play according to their strength. Bangladesh had an option of 40 overs of quality spin: but now with Shakib unavailable and Mahmudullah overlooked we are left with only 20 overs from Razzaq and Gazi. This simply isn't enough.As Mahmud has been replaced by a pace bowling allrounder it is only natural that we would select one more spinner. And also look at how Afghanistan fared against Pakistan: against pace they scored 83/2 in 19 overs and against spin 85/6 in 28.2 overs! The difference is too stark not to notice! One more point: whereas Pakistan pace attack is better than that of Bangladesh; in spin we are quite matched (even with mercurial Ajmal in their rank). So, Bangladesh should go with 3 frontline spinners. Go, Tigers!

  • on February 28, 2014, 19:54 GMT

    what skakib did that he was banned,do any one knows where is tamim iqbal,they two are the best players bangladesh had

  • ma_maglin on February 28, 2014, 19:32 GMT

    No mushi... Plz BCB 4give Sakib & he must play for BD this game.. its not 4 Sakib... Its 4 Bangladesh Cricket & 16 crore people...this is our must win game... If we lost this game... we lost Asia Cup again.... PLz Plz Plz... if Sakib play in this game..my Team is : 1.Samsur 2. Kayes 3. Mominul 4. Naeem 5. Sakib 6. Nasir 7. Anamul 8. Zia 9. Gazi 10. Razzak 11. Rubel I will play only 2 seamers bcoz this picth is't good 4 seamers... So that Rubel & Zia are my choise...no need for 3rd seamers Best of luck Bangladesh... Go Tiger Go...

  • on February 28, 2014, 19:24 GMT

    I think our Bangladesh is going to loss this match for many reason. They do not have Tamim, shakib &n Mashrafi. The Mashrafi absent could be recover by any one but Shakib & Tamim lost can not be fill up by this sort of time. If Mushi can not play then BD become a BKSP team. Most worried things is BD are not having the service of Nasir as he was not in form. Replace of him also not available in the team, Gazi also not in form, BD should have Rummon but they keept him for T20. BD team managment also playing agaienst of the team, how professional are them? they need to punished Shakim why? any one request for tyhat? Not TV or bangladeshi Public but they are doing for what? I would be very surprised if Afghanistan not win, seriously.

  • on February 28, 2014, 19:24 GMT

    only if someone in coaching staff support afghanis in match against pak,then who knows the result would be different,now the think tank in dressing room need to concentrate and focus.

  • on February 28, 2014, 19:17 GMT

    afghani need a bit support from coaching side

  • on February 28, 2014, 17:45 GMT

    Afghanistan team should be: M.Shahzad, Noor Ali Zadran, Rahmat Sahah, Nawroza Managl, M.Nabi*,Najeeb Zadran, Sami shinwari, Merwaise Ashraf, Hamid Hassan, Shahpoor Zadran and Hamza Hotak Best Luck Afghanistan!!!

  • on February 28, 2014, 17:44 GMT

    It is indeed a must win game for Bangladesh. So the pressure is high. They can't afford to take Afghanistan easily. Afghans have nothing to lose. They has some really quality bowlers. I hope Mushy will be fine tomorrow. His is in good touch & his experience is invaluable in the absence of Shakib & Tamim. Good Luck Tigers!

  • rsmehdihasan on February 28, 2014, 16:18 GMT

    BD does not think about win. just stick with plan and play according to plan. if few mistakes happen just forget about and play according to plan

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on February 28, 2014, 16:12 GMT

    Honestly speaking BD have threat of losing this match. BD will miss their best cricketer Shakib, best top order batsman Tamim, best fast bowler Mashrafi & probably their captain inform Mushfiq too! Their best spinner Razzak has just returned 4m an injury & played only 1 match. So it's the weakest BD side ever played after ICL era. Hope young tigers will try to utilize this opportunity & show their class.

  • Zakirali on February 28, 2014, 15:03 GMT

    Bd soulful time, looking for sympathy instead get u19 team to do the job, they did better than the senior recently

  • Fogu on February 28, 2014, 13:24 GMT

    With the ommission of Shakib, Tamim, Mash and possibly Mushy, the two teams are more evenly balanced. AFG is no push over. BD has to play a complete game to beat them. AFG played well against PK in patches and only Akmal took the game away from them. BD does not have a player like Akmal. What BD has is bunch of good players and when they all contribute, they can beat big teams unfortunately all do not contribute consistently. Until BD develops player like Misbah, Kohli, Kallis, Amla, Sanga - They have to play a team game with everyone contributing consistently. Go Tigers!

  • Albert_cambell on February 28, 2014, 10:30 GMT

    Its going to be an easy win for Afghanistan. Looks like BD is going to come last in the Asia cup.

  • on February 28, 2014, 10:00 GMT

    mominul anamul shamsur nasir should be enough for batting.for bowling razzak gazi al amin would be ok.

  • on February 28, 2014, 9:10 GMT

    Although the Bangladesh team might be weakened, but i don't see why they should not register their first win against Afghanistan. All they need is to adopt good shot selection and not give their wickets away. Focus on occupying the crease and rotating the strike. Bowlers need to keep it purely simple by bowling tight and pitching the ball at the right spot for the first 35 overs.The last 15 overs our bowlers need to focus on maintaining the line and length rather then going for wickets where they have been leaking tremendous amount of runs. BANGLADESH HAS SOME FANTASTIC PLAYERS BUT THEIR MINDSET NEEDS TO CHANGE BY PLAYING THE CORRECT WAY OF CRICKET!!!

  • on February 28, 2014, 9:01 GMT

    Its very devastating team now for Bangladesh! No Shakib, Tamim, Mashrafe, Mushfique!!! who knows, our Anamul & Shamshur are enough for Afganisthan !

  • on February 28, 2014, 8:22 GMT

    Our spins bowlers is better than Pacer . so squard may be 1 Anamul Haque (wk), 2 Shamsur Rahman, 3 Mominul Haque, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim/Imrul Kayes (capt), 5 Naeem Islam, 6 Nasir Hossain, 7 Ziaur Rahman, 8 Sohag Gazi, 9 Arafat Sunny , 10 Abdur Razzak, 11 Rubel Hossain

  • on February 28, 2014, 7:57 GMT

    As there is high chance that Mushfiqur Rahim will be unavailable for the Afghanistan game Imrul Kayes will come into the team and shuld bat open the batting with Anamul Haque. Shamsur Rahman can down the order to bat at No. 5. Naeem Islam can come at No. 3 as he is a slow going batsman and Mominul Haque can follow at No. 4. This is the Way tomorrow's batting line up will show more or less balanced. Bangladesh must start the bowling innings against Afghanistan with Spin bowling of Abdur Razzak and Sohag Gazi. I m sure it will work as Afghan showed their wariness against Spin Bowling. Hopefully Bangladesh can avoid an upset against a very compact Associate Team Afghanistan. Go tigers!!

  • on February 28, 2014, 7:49 GMT

    Afghanistan team is absolutely a youngest team but with having such little experience they can beat Bangladesh . if Afghanistan is waiting for winning they should keep the runs with singles though singles keeps runs high and high.

  • on February 28, 2014, 7:35 GMT

    No shakib,tamim,mashrafe and maybe mushfiqur. It will be BD A team Vs Afganistan. It will be evenly matched but Bangladesh with more experience has a better chance to win.

  • AbdulMohamad731 on February 28, 2014, 7:13 GMT

    Afghanistan team selection absolutely shocking.

    Cant believe Hamid Hassan did not play, he is the best bowler in the world.

  • on February 28, 2014, 7:08 GMT

    Don't worry Bangladesh you guys will win because Afghan players can't finish things correctly so no worries it will be a Bangladesh game hopefully Afghanistan play some sensible cricket this time I think Afghan players will drop one or two catches which will win the game for Bangladesh so from now on Congrats to Bangladesh for winning and easy game

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  • on February 28, 2014, 7:08 GMT

    Don't worry Bangladesh you guys will win because Afghan players can't finish things correctly so no worries it will be a Bangladesh game hopefully Afghanistan play some sensible cricket this time I think Afghan players will drop one or two catches which will win the game for Bangladesh so from now on Congrats to Bangladesh for winning and easy game

  • AbdulMohamad731 on February 28, 2014, 7:13 GMT

    Afghanistan team selection absolutely shocking.

    Cant believe Hamid Hassan did not play, he is the best bowler in the world.

  • on February 28, 2014, 7:35 GMT

    No shakib,tamim,mashrafe and maybe mushfiqur. It will be BD A team Vs Afganistan. It will be evenly matched but Bangladesh with more experience has a better chance to win.

  • on February 28, 2014, 7:49 GMT

    Afghanistan team is absolutely a youngest team but with having such little experience they can beat Bangladesh . if Afghanistan is waiting for winning they should keep the runs with singles though singles keeps runs high and high.

  • on February 28, 2014, 7:57 GMT

    As there is high chance that Mushfiqur Rahim will be unavailable for the Afghanistan game Imrul Kayes will come into the team and shuld bat open the batting with Anamul Haque. Shamsur Rahman can down the order to bat at No. 5. Naeem Islam can come at No. 3 as he is a slow going batsman and Mominul Haque can follow at No. 4. This is the Way tomorrow's batting line up will show more or less balanced. Bangladesh must start the bowling innings against Afghanistan with Spin bowling of Abdur Razzak and Sohag Gazi. I m sure it will work as Afghan showed their wariness against Spin Bowling. Hopefully Bangladesh can avoid an upset against a very compact Associate Team Afghanistan. Go tigers!!

  • on February 28, 2014, 8:22 GMT

    Our spins bowlers is better than Pacer . so squard may be 1 Anamul Haque (wk), 2 Shamsur Rahman, 3 Mominul Haque, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim/Imrul Kayes (capt), 5 Naeem Islam, 6 Nasir Hossain, 7 Ziaur Rahman, 8 Sohag Gazi, 9 Arafat Sunny , 10 Abdur Razzak, 11 Rubel Hossain

  • on February 28, 2014, 9:01 GMT

    Its very devastating team now for Bangladesh! No Shakib, Tamim, Mashrafe, Mushfique!!! who knows, our Anamul & Shamshur are enough for Afganisthan !

  • on February 28, 2014, 9:10 GMT

    Although the Bangladesh team might be weakened, but i don't see why they should not register their first win against Afghanistan. All they need is to adopt good shot selection and not give their wickets away. Focus on occupying the crease and rotating the strike. Bowlers need to keep it purely simple by bowling tight and pitching the ball at the right spot for the first 35 overs.The last 15 overs our bowlers need to focus on maintaining the line and length rather then going for wickets where they have been leaking tremendous amount of runs. BANGLADESH HAS SOME FANTASTIC PLAYERS BUT THEIR MINDSET NEEDS TO CHANGE BY PLAYING THE CORRECT WAY OF CRICKET!!!

  • on February 28, 2014, 10:00 GMT

    mominul anamul shamsur nasir should be enough for batting.for bowling razzak gazi al amin would be ok.

  • Albert_cambell on February 28, 2014, 10:30 GMT

    Its going to be an easy win for Afghanistan. Looks like BD is going to come last in the Asia cup.