Tigers have to showcase their efficiency in three more matches. Today they are going to face the weakest opponent of this tournament.
It can be said in a sense that Asia Cup is ahead of Bangladesh team as the remaining opponents of Tigers are India, Pakistan and Afghanistan. And Tigers have no choice but to win to keep the hopes of playing in the semi-finals.
And when the opposition is Afghanistan, team Mashrafe knows very well that their victory against West Indies and South Africa and fierce fight against Australia will get faded if they are defeated in this match.
Considering the form, Bangladesh can be a little relieved. Afghans are facing a tough time since they got defeated in all their five matches. But their fight against India can add some concerns to Tigers` tactics.
The past history of the two teams is keeping Bangladesh ahead with a slight difference. The two teams have faced each other seven times in the ODIs, out of which Bangladesh has won four times, and Afghanistan got the rest three victories. Both the teams met in the last Asia Cup, where Tigers got defeated in the first match and got victory in Super Four.
There can be another worry for Bangladesh, after losing the first four matches, Afghan spin trio Rashid-Mujib and Nabi have become aggressive against India.
Player to watch
Even after having a good start in every match, this left-handed batsman, right arm fast-medium bowler could not deliver a big inning yet. Soumya was the only one in the first six batsmen who could not score a fifty against Australia. Today he will definitely want to remove that penance.
Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Although officially he was tagged as an off-spinner, he is not quite a full-fledged spinner. Although he could not perform well in the first three matches, but started getting his form back from the fourth match. He provides only 26 runs in exchange of 1 wicket against India. This spinner can make Bangladesh suffer.
Face the records
Shakib Al Hasan needs only 35 runs to reach 1000 runs in the World Cup as the first Bangladeshi. And Mahmudullah needs 80 more runs to score 4000 runs in ODIs as the fourth Bangladeshi.
Bangla Insider/ SM