It's been two years since they last clashed in this format and during this period, Afghanistan's stocks have risen with their spinners making rapid strides.
Mashrafe on Wednesday expressed frustration over the change that has also made the match against Afghanistan meaningless. Both Afghanistan and Bangladesh weren't expected to make life easier for Sri Lanka, but at the same time, both were expected to fight against each other for one Super 4 stage spot at the 2018 Asia Cup.
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Earlier, Hashmatullah Shahidi and Rashid Khan scored half centuries as Afghanistan posted a strong 255/7 against Bangladesh at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi in their Asia Cup 2018 encounter on Thursday.
Bangladesh will face India in Dubai right on the next day (September 21) after Afghanistan game while Afghans will stay in Abu Dhabi to play Pakistan.
Bangladesh, on the other hand, was sensational in their 137 run victory over Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup 2018 opener. Both these batsmen should grow in confidence after that performance and they will be expected to bring that form into this match.
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While this match doesn't really hold much outcome, both teams would like to actually end the Asia Cup group stage with a victory.
Rashid, who finished with 2-13 in nine overs and effected a run out, claimed the prized wickets of Shakib Al Hasan (32) and Mahmudullah Riyad (27).
Two more strikes from Shakib, who finished with 4/42, reduced Afghanistan to 139/5 and the quick departures of Shahidi (58) and Nabi (10) dampened their hopes of a competitive total.
Abu Hider and Nazmul Hossain Shanto debut for Bangladesh.
Batting:Tamim Iqbal has been ruled out of the tournament and in his absence, Bangladesh batting will rely mainly on Mushfiqur Rahim and Mohammad Mithun.to deliver the goods with the bat.
Bangladesh (Playing XI): Liton Das (wicket keeper), Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Mominul Haque, Mohammad Mithun, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehidy Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza (captain), Abu Hider Rony and Rubel Hossain.
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