Asia Cup: Rashid Khan Stars in Afghanistan’s Win vs Bangladesh

Birthday boy Rashid stars as Afghanistan upset Bangladesh

Asia Cup 2018: Afghanistan bat first against Bangladesh

Afghanistan and Bangladesh have faced each other five times in ODIs with the latter winning three of those encounters. If Afghanistan does decide to go full strength today, our money is on them to emerge victorious against Bangladesh. It was the final game of the three-match series played at Dhaka in 2016. 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. Their only defeat in those matches came against Ireland at Belfast last month.

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.

Batting: Rahmat Shah has carried his impressive form with him from Ireland. But as it stands, the clash between the two teams in Abu Dhabi on Thursday is nothing more than a dead rubber as Sri Lanka have already been knocked out of the tournament.

Allrounder Mohammad Nabi and skipper Asghar Afghan are a key figures in the middle order and are known for their innings-rebuilding skills, if the top order fails to contribute. Moreover, the strength of Afghanistan team lies in their bowling attack, where Rashid Khan's bowling often comes as turning point of the match.

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The two teams do have a history behind them.

While their most significant players still remain the spin wizard duo of Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman, other players like all-rounder Mohammad Nabi and Rahmat Shah are using the platform nicely to shine for their national team.

None of the Bangladeshi batters could stay much at the wicket as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals and eventually went on to lose the match by a huge margin. Their win against Sri Lanka on Monday was their first win over Lankans.

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. Mushfiqur and Mithun rescued their team from an early jolt against Sri Lanka with valuable contributions of 144 and 63 respectively. Instead, a victory - irrespective of the opposition - is merely what is expected of them.

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