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Bangladesh bowling against Afghanistan

Published on: 9:19 pm - Sunday | June 3, 2018

Bangladesh decided to bowl first against Afghanistan in the first T20I in Dehradun, India on Saturday.

Shakib said a lack of knowledge about the conditions in Dehradun prompted the decision. Asghar Stanikzai, the Afghanistan captain, simply said, “toss doesn’t matter.”

From their last T20 against India in the Nidahas Trophy final, Bangladesh don’t have Mustafizur Rahman due to a toe injury, while Soumya Sarkar and Mehidy Hasan have been dropped. Abul Hasan, Abu Jayed and Mosaddek Hossain have taken their places.

Afghanistan have picked Usman Ghani, Karim Janat, Shapoor Zadran and Samiullah Shenwari as changes from their previous T20 international. They also have the services of the mystery spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman, who is fit again after missing the last three matches of Kings XI Punjab’s IPL season with a hand injury, Espncrickinfo reports.

This is only the second T20I between the two sides, and a historic occasion for Dehradun which is hosting its first international match.

Bangladesh: 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Liton Das, 3 Sabbir Rahman, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 5 Shakib Al Hasan, 6 Mahmudullah, 7 Mosaddek Hossain, 8 Abul Hasan, 9 Rubel Hossain, 10 Nazmul Islam, 11 Abu Jayed.

Afghanistan: 1 Mohammad Shahzad (wk), 2 Usman Ghani, 3 Asghar Stanikzai (capt), 4 Shafiqullah, 5 Najibullah Zadran, 6 Mohammad Nabi, 7 Samiullah Shenwari, 8 Rashid Khan, 9 Mujeeb Ur Rahman, 10 Karim Janat, 11 Shapoor Zadran.

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