Less than four days after the two sides met in the group stage of the Asia Cup, Afghanistan and Bangladesh will go head-to-head once again when they meet in a Super Four clash at the Sheikh Zayed stadium in Abu Dhabi.
The fixture is part of Sunday’s big double-header in the Asia Cup which sees arch-rivals India and Pakistan clash in another Super Four match in Dubai.
The impressive Afghanistan thumped the Tigers by 136 runs in the Group B clash and will be looking to perform an encore of that performance. Both teams are in desperate need of a win after losing their respective Super Four campaign openers. While Afghanistan fell to a narrow defeat at the hands of Pakistan, Bangladesh were comprehensively outplayed by India.
As such, a defeat on Sunday for either side could mean the end of their hopes of making the final of the tournament.
Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza has won the toss and elected to bat first.
But it was anything but a solid start for The Tigers with Nazmul Shanto bowled for six by Aftab Alam before Mohammad Mithun (1) was trapped by Mujeeb Ur-Rehman inside the first five overs.
Liton Das revived the innings with a 41-run knock but only had himself to blame for not adding to his tally with a poor shot selection as Rashid Khan claimed his first wicket of the day. The 20-year-old spinner again did the damage in the same over when Shakib Al Hasan was run-out for duck to leave Bangladesh 82-4.
But Mahmadullah, along with Imrul Kayes revived Bangladesh to cross the 150-run mark. Mahmuddulah reached his 50 in the 40th over.
Kayes went on to finish the innings with an unbeaten 72 as Bangladesh finished their innings with 249-7.
In Afghanistan’s chase, Rahmat Shah and Ihsanullah were sent back to the pavilion with their innings only seven overs old.
After Shahzad and Hashmatullah Shahidi hit half-centuries, Afghanistan require 58 more runs to win.
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