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Asia Cup 2018: Match 6, Bangladesh vs Afghanistan – Bangladesh Predicted XI

Who will replace Tamim Iqbal?

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Bangladesh team. (Photo Source: Twitter)

After the high-voltage but inconsequential India-Pakistan clash, it is time for yet another budding rivalry to begin. Afghanistan and Bangladesh will face in yet another dead rubber of group stages which is also the final match before the Super Four round starts. Both the teams have already qualified for the next stage by knocking Sri Lanka out of the tournament and it will be interesting to see how Afghanistan fare in this game.

Bangladesh must be aware of the threat they possess and they’ve also been whitewashed by Afghanistan before albeit in the shortest format. The Tigers have been weakened in the batting department with Tamim Iqbal being ruled out of the competition. The youngsters will have to step up at the top of the order in his absence. Moreover, this encounter provides an excellent opportunity for Bangladesh to rectify their mistakes ahead of the Super Four round which starts from September 21.

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Here we bring you Bangladesh’s predicted XI for this match:

Openers (Mominul Haque, Liton Das (wk))

Mominul Haque has the big shoes to fill for the remainder of the tournament. He is rated highly in Bangladesh and will have to live up to the reputation now. It is good for him that this game is inconsequential and there won’t be much pressure to make the difference and might work in his favour. Though runs behind him going into the next round will make him feel better as they will be facing India on Friday.

Liton Das was undone early in the last game and he will be keen to make a contribution this time around. In Tamim’s absence, he will have to hold one end and make sure that the team gets off to a decent start.

Middle-Order (Mohammad Mithun, Mushfiqur Rahim)

Mohammad Mithun played one of the best innings of his career against Sri Lanka to bail his team out of dire straits. He will be hoping to continue in the same vein and to support him in the middle-order would be the ever-present Mushfiqur Rahm. He must be brimming with confidence after scoring 144 and for Bangladesh’s betterment in this tournament, he has to play in the same way if they are hoping to qualify for the final.

All-Rounders (Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain)

Shakib Al Hasan is the lynchpin of this line-up. He bowls 10 overs and then comes in to bat at three. His all-round ability keeps Bangladesh in the hunt always and he would be expected to be successful again. The same is the case with Mahmudullah coming down the order to bat. He is touted to be their finisher but has to control the innings in case the top-order gets out early.

He can roll the arm over and is more than a part-timer. Mosaddek Hossain bowled only three overs in the previous match and picked a wicket. He might have to bowl more with the way Afghanistan have been batting these days and should concentrate on his line and length. If required, Mosaddek will also have to bat at the death and add some important runs to the total.

Bowlers (Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Mehidy Hasan, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman)

Mashrafe Mortaza, the skipper, is an inspirational leader and he will open the bowling definitely along with Mustafizur Rahman. Both of them moved the new cherry significantly under the lights and scalped early wickets in the powerplay. They should make early inroads again in order to create panic in the opposition camp.

Rubel Hossain is wayward at times and should take care that he doesn’t concede runs in the middle overs. He has pace and should make it work with the ball in this game to prove his worth. Mehidy Hasan is an exciting prospect and every now and then he breaks through whenever his team needs him. Against Sri Lanka, he bowled seven overs for just 21 runs and picked a couple of wickets which worked wonders for his team.

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