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Bangladesh Bat First Against Feisty Afghanistan

February 18th, 2015 | by admin
Bangladesh Bat First Against Feisty Afghanistan

Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza decided to bat first against Afghanistan on a Manuka Oval wicket that has the reputation of being very flat. This is Afghanistan’s first World Cup match as they become the 13th Associate Nation to make their debut at the tournament, while Bangladesh open their fifth campaign.

Bangladesh have picked eight batsmen by including Soumya Sarkar with Shakib Al Hasan being their one specialist spinner. Afghanistan will go with the full experience of Nawroz Mangal, Asghar Stanikzai and Najibullah Zadran in the middle order.

This is only the fifth ODI to be played at this ground, which can hold a crowd of 13,000. A sizable Bangladeshi contingent has already descended on the Australian capital.

Bangladesh 1 Anamul Haque, 2 Tamim Iqbal, 3 Mominul Haque, 4 Soumya Sarkar, 5 Mahmudullah, 6 Shakib Al Hasan, 7 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 8 Sabbir Rahman, 9 Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), 10 Taskin Ahmed, 11 Rubel Hossain

Afghanistan 1 Javed Ahmadi, 2 Afsar Zazai (wk), 3 Nawroz Mangal, 4 Asghar Stanikzai, 5 Najibullah Zadran, 6 Samiullah Shenwari, 7 Mohammad Nabi (capt), 8 Mirwais Ashraf, 9 Aftab Alam, 10 Hamid Hassan, 11 Shapoor Zadran

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