Afghanistan, notwithstanding their experience in international cricket, have surpassed blues with enhance level of skills and determination on the field.
And in the shortest format of the cricket, where they are ranked seven, predominantly higher than Bangladesh kept the good old record book in their favor quite well till the last group stage of the T20I tri-series where the hosts managed to break the shackles.
Well, the big test is coming ahead as the two will face each other in the final of the tri-series, scheduled to occur on September 24 at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka. The match will start on 6.30 PM local time.
The fact that Bangladesh almost slipped down the line in their innings while chasing the victory target in the last match, the home team head coach Russell Domingo said that they are still in search of the ‘perfect game’ ahead of the final.
Domingo acknowledged Bangladesh lost too many wickets in first 10 overs, leaving a little for rest of the batsmen. It can be noted that a Shakib Al Hasan masterclass saved the soul of the team in the previous match’s four wicket win.
“We know that Afghanistan are a good side but if we play to our potential, we can beat anybody. The challenge for us is to get our skills and mindset in place to beat teams like Afghanistan,” Domingo reckoned.
Meanwhile Afghanistan are sweating over the fitness of their premier campaigner and skipper Rashid Khan. Rashid himself unsure of his availability but expressed hopes the hamstring work out might revive his fitness for the final.
“If I have 10 percent chance, I will go for it. I love my country, and I want the country to win, rather than myself,” he said.
In case Rashid Khan will be unable to appear in the final, Sharafuddin Ashraf is in line to replace him.
For Bangladesh, all-rounder Aminul Islam will also miss the occasion after being hit in the finger during the match against Zimbabwe.
- Bangladesh12 months ago
Sri Lanka register first home series win in nearly four years beating Bangladesh
- Cricket1 year ago
Kohli, Bumrah set to be rested for West Indies tour
- Cricket1 year ago
Shakib grabs his spot in Team of the Tournament for ICC CWC 2019
- Cricket12 months ago
I’ll fix Pakistan cricket team, vows PM Imran Khan