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21 September, 2019 04:39:50 AM

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Bangladesh aim to end losing streak against Afghans today

A dress rehearsal before Sept 24 final
MD ABU TALHA SARKER, Ctg
Bangladesh aim to end losing streak against Afghans today
Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo (L) gives some tips to Nazmul Hossain Shanto during a practice session ahead of second phase tri-nation series match against Afghanistan at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram yesterday. BCB photo

Bangladesh eye to boost their morale and confidence before the final when they once again take on visiting Afghanistan in the fourth and last league-round fixture at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium (ZACS) in Chattogram today. The match will start at 6:30pm.

For both Bangladesh and Afghanistan, the match is inconsequential because Bangladesh sealed their spot in the final with one match to spare after Afghanistan confirmed their final following two successive victories.

In fact it’s a dress rehearsal for the final.

Bangladesh returned to their business and started its intense battle with bat and ball after a break day at the ZACS in the port city yesterday. They poured their sweats to hone their skills and techniques before taking on much-fancied Afghan side.

The Tigers’ line-up for the tri-nation final has been fixed a bit earlier of the fourth and last league-round match against world seventh-ranked T20 team but the home side are emphasizing more on this match for two reasons, even if it’s rubber dead for both the teams.

Firstly, Bangladesh want to come out of the losing circle against Afghanistan as the visitors remained unbeaten on four-match string against the Tigers in T20 cricket. Overall, they are unbeaten on 12-match in T20 Internationals.

Secondly, the hosts seek to advance to the final on home territory having placed on winning streak as they thought that if they could move to the final on winning note, it’ll be placed them on advantageous position over them.

Afghanistan did not care Bangladesh in their earlier match after which Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan explicitly said that Afghanistan is a big opponent for Bangladesh in T20 International. Both teams have gulf of difference in skills and mentality in cricket. Bangladesh are attempting how to thrash their opposition by narrowing down the difference.

Shakib and his company will get down in the field once again in their efforts to beat them in the pre-final fixture at the Sagorika area of Chattogram.

The local batsmen worked in their pre-match day drills how to handle Afghanistan’s prowling spinners. Along with that, they might launch their tilt aggressively what they hinted at their net batting practice.

Even the local bowlers finished their net practice, where they tried to stem their scoring spree attitude by taking a challenge. Shafiul Islam is one of the bowlers, who returning to the fold after nearly two years, claimed three wickets on his comeback match against Zimbabwe.

Shafiul has ability to swing with new ball but he didn’t consolidate his position in the team due to his injury-prone and inconsistency. This is his new chapter in his going and coming in the national team.

The 298-year-old pacer was faced off media in the aftermath of their intense pre-match day practice session, where he informed how they are keen to beat Afghans before the final clash of the tri-nation series, played at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur on September 24.  

“We’re trying our best to take a good preparation for the final. Tomorrow (Saturday) match against Afghanistan is important for us all. By this match, it’s possible for us to take good preparation for the tri-series final,” said Shafiul Islam.

It’s yet to confirm that Bangladesh will get the service of their new find leggie Aminul Islam Biplob in this challenge. The leg-spinner received a serious injury on his left hand after taking two wickets on his debut tie against Zimbabwe.

He, of course, bowled at net and centre wickets of the Sagorika Stadium with his stitched and bandaged hand for a longer period of one and half-an-hours. It’s not possible to play in such a pressure-filled match for him. Even the team management will not take any risk to play him before the final fixture of the tourney.

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