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Bangladesh XI can be like today against Afghans

And after some time, Bangladesh will play against Afghanistan in their first match in the World Cup. Tigers forget the controversial activities before the World Cup and do something good for the country. Shakib Al Hasan’s team wants to enjoy without taking any pressure. Although the Afghan spin is challenging, the captain has full confidence in the batting unit.

The match starts at 11 am on Saturday (October 7) at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamshala. Gazi TV, T Sports and Star Sports 2 will show live.

In a press conference yesterday when asked which two batsmen the Tigers will open, Hathuru said, ‘We have two options as you said. We shall be in a position to make a better decision on the matter tomorrow morning. We will see tomorrow whether we bat first or later, then we will decide who will open the batting.’

In that case, it cannot be said clearly that Tanjid Hasan Tamim and Liton Das will play in the opening. It is believed that Mehdi Hasan Miraj can also be seen with Liton. Nazmul Hossain Shanto in three, Shakib Al Hasan in four. Five hearts of Tawheed. Mushfiqur Rahim in six, Mahmudullah Riyad in seven and Sheikh Mehdi in eight. Then three pacers Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman and Shariful Islam respectively.

Bangladesh has never played an ODI match in Dharamshala. Shakib, Mushfiq, Mahmudullah may have shared the experience of playing on this field in the 2016 T20 World Cup with their teammates. The number of first World Cup cricketers in the team is not less.

Himalchal’s wicket may be the cause of concern. All outs below two hundred have happened four times so far. After 2017, no international match was played at this venue. Still Hathuru wearing black glasses believes the wicket will be spotting.

Bangladesh head coach Chandrika Hathurusinghe said, I hope it will be a high scoring match. First of all everyone wants to win the World Cup. But realistically, our goal is to win four-five matches. Then there will be possibility of semi.

Bangladesh Probable XI Tanjid Tamim, Liton Das, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Shakib Al Hasan (Captain), Tawheed Hriday, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah Riyad, Mehdi Hasan Miraj, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Shariful Islam.

October 7/NBW


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