Bangladesh v UAE, Asia Cup 2016, Mirpur February 25, 2016

Bangladesh target turnaround in form against UAE


Match facts

Friday, February 26, 2016
Start time 1930 local (1330 GMT)

Taskin Ahmed has coped well with the extra responsibility placed on him by Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza © AFP

Big Picture

Careful when you research recent form with regard to this match. You'll find Bangladesh have lost three Twenty20 internationals on the bounce, while UAE have won three of their last four T20Is. The condensed nature of T20 cricket may diminish the gap between a Full Member and an Associate - one big over from a batsman or one little over from a bowler can turn the entire match - but as well as UAE have played to get here, a fourth win in the Asia Cup for them and a fourth loss for Bangladesh seems unlikely.

But Amjad Javed will ask his men to concentrate on the basics so they can capitalise on the what if's. What if Bangladesh drop a catch again? Their loss to India can be traced back to the point where Rohit Sharma got his reprieve. What if their top-order doesn't fire again? Sabbir Rahman benefited from a half-chance going down, but could not capitalise.

UAE are also on a proper high; last week they beat Ireland for the first time in over a decade and used that momentum to topple Afghanistan as well. The main round of the Asia Cup brought the high-rollers to their party and Sri Lanka, after a little careless gambling, cleaned them out.

Bangladesh are making some bold bets themselves: the occasional green pitch, four fast bowlers, a hitter among the top three in their line-up to suit T20 needs. Their fielding took the shine away from an improved understanding of the shortest format, but luckily for them, changing that is firmly in their hands.

Form guide

(Last five completed matches)
Bangladesh: LLLWW

Watch out for

Tall, broad-shouldered and hungry for success, Taskin Ahmed has been one of those outright fast bowlers that teams from the subcontinent go gaga over. Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza has been keen to develop a pace attack that can win matches and Taskin is among those who has responded well to being empowered.

If he's not being busy with the bat for UAE on the cricket field, Mohammad Usman would be busy working at UAE Exchange. It's only been a year since he started playing the game in the local leagues back home and just about a month since his promotion to the national side, but with the confidence of his captain and his support staff, Usman is their designated late-order enforcer.

Team news

Bangladesh are likely to bench Imrul Kayes and the choice could be between Nurul Hasan, who did reasonably well against Zimbabwe last month, and Nasir Hossain, who was dropped for that series.

Bangladesh (probable): 1 Soumya Sarkar, 2 Mohammad Mithun, 3 Sabbir Rahman, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim, 5 Shakib Al Hasan, 6 Mahmudullah, 7 Nurul Hasan (wk), 8 Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), 9 Taskin Ahmed, 10 Al-Amin Hossain, 11 Mustafizur Rahman

UAE are trying to rebuild their a new core of players since the retirements of Khurram Khan, Mohammad Tauqir and Saqib Ali. They got through the qualifying tournament without too much shuffling of personnel, but the loss to Sri Lanka may prompt a rethink.

UAE (probable) 1 Muhammad Kaleem, 2 Rohan Mustafa, 3 Shaiman Anwar, 4 Mohammad Shahzad, 5 Mohammad Usman, 6 Amjad Javed (capt), 7 Saqlain Haider, 8 Swapnil Patel (wk), 9 Qadeer Ahmed/ Farhan Ahmed, 10 Ahmed Raza, 11 Mohammad Naveed

Pitch and conditions

The odd ball has seamed about at Shere Bangla stadium, with the groundsmen keeping some grass on the pitch, mainly to hold it together. The weather is set to be fair in Dhaka on Friday.

Stats and trivia

  • Mohammad Naveed is one of only six bowlers to have an economy rate below six with a minimum of 40 overs bowled in T20Is. His 5.92 puts him behind Samuel Badree, Sunil Narine and Daniel Vettori.
  • Sabbir Rahman averages 38.94 at No. 3 in all T20s, as opposed to his overall average of 29.34


"UAE has played the best cricket in their level and come [to the Asia Cup's main event]. We have to perform professionally and win this match. Yesterday [against India] we played till a certain period but we have to do better tomorrow. We have watched UAE's video clips we have a good enough idea about them."
Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza about their approach against the UAE

"The bowlers will get a boost [from helpful pitches] and will want to do well and when the batsmen see the bowlers performing and restricting a team like Sri Lanka under 130, they'll want to perform well to. So definitely they'll come back tomorrow and I hope they will do well."
UAE captain Amjad Javed keeps faith in his team's abilities

Alagappan Muthu is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  •   Mahtabul Hakim on February 26, 2016, 16:30 GMT

    @GAMEPLANXI- thanks for your concern mate. But get facts correctly. Asia Cup is organized by ACC, not by BCB. Schedule (pitch, umpires any logistics) are managed by ACC. no tricks.

  •   Mahtabul Hakim on February 26, 2016, 16:22 GMT

    @Anand Menon, sometimes 130 does better than 300.

  • Nesar on February 26, 2016, 16:13 GMT

    Tigers bowling is too good for UAE! They played really good booking BD at 133.

  •   Anand Menon on February 26, 2016, 15:01 GMT

    I thought Bangladesh will score 300+ today.. They are struggling to reach 130 now..

  • Kaipa on February 26, 2016, 13:28 GMT

    UAE played yesterday with SL and immediately next day match with BL... Feel sorry for UAE. Looks like yet another cheap trick from BL to get some wins from tired team.

  • pagla on February 26, 2016, 13:23 GMT

    Cummon Bangladesh let's win the match today coz, only this match we can win in the series.....

  • Habibur on February 26, 2016, 13:03 GMT

    wish probable team will play

  • Tahir on February 26, 2016, 12:57 GMT

    BD little bit miss hit in the last game. Normally, they win such games nowadays but Nehra's surprising return from sidelines proved to be too much for BD batting and they also concede too much in the last 10 overs after conceding 50 runs in first 10. I don't expect that BD will falter again and this game will prove to be the launching pad for them and last game will prove to be a wakeup call well in time.

  • pranto on February 26, 2016, 12:26 GMT

    @NURAIZSARFRAZ-FYI.Tamim is not injured he is in paternity leave.

  • balu on February 26, 2016, 12:18 GMT

    All The best UAE...You deserve to win this game.

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