In a highly anticipated Asia Cup encounter of BAN vs AFG, Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bat against Afghanistan. The decision to bat first was made by Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan, who cited the favorable pitch conditions and hot weather as contributing factors.
Captain’s Call –
Shakib Al Hasan expressed optimism about his team’s performance, acknowledging that their previous batting struggles had been a downfall. However, he emphasized that today was a new day, and with the pitch looking promising, he hoped that Bangladesh would put up a competitive total on the scoreboard.
On the other side, Afghanistan’s captain, Hashmatullah Shahidi, also stated that he would have chosen to bat first. He expressed excitement about the match, noting the significant crowd support. Afghanistan had prepared well for this encounter, having recently played a series against Pakistan and spending the past week acclimatizing to the conditions.
The pitch report indicated that the venue typically favored high scores, but there might be some assistance for the bowlers. As the match progresses, the surface may slow down, benefiting Afghanistan, who possess three spinners in their lineup.
Playing XI –
Bangladesh Playing XI: Mohammad Naim, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Shakib Al Hasan (c), Towhid Hridoy, Shamim Hossain, Mushfiqur Rahim (w), Afif Hossain, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, Hasan Mahmud.
Afghanistan Playing XI: Rahmanullah Gurbaz (w), Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Karim Janat, Rashid Khan, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
With both teams boasting formidable lineups and spinners, this contest promised to be an exciting battle in the Asia Cup.