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Afghanistan poised to take on BD in first T20 match

Afghanistan poised to take on BD in first T20 match

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Jun 03, 2018 - 12:48

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Afghanistaninfo-icon and Bangladesh are poised for their first T20 International at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Dehradun.

Both sides are new to the stadium, located in the picturesque Valley of Doon, serving as yet another home ground for Afghanistan.

“We would like to play to our strength. Our spinners have shown to the worldinfo-icon they are outstanding,” the Afghan captain told an Indian daily.

The Hindustan Times quoted Asghar Stanikzai as saying that the Asians tackled spin well, but he would still want to see how the Bangladesh batsmen fared.

The only T20 Bangladesh and Afghanistan have played so far was in the 2014 World T20 Cup. The Tigers had won that game by nine wickets.

But Afghanistan -- ranked two notches higher than Bangladesh and having got the Test status -- are expected to go into outing with a positive frame of mind.

In 2017, Afghanistan earned qualification for next year’s World Cup. “Congratulations to Afghanistan on getting the Test status. They have some world-class cricketers in their ranks,” Bangladesh’s Shakibul Hasan said,

“We need to show good brand of cricket. Rashid Khan is definitely going to be a key for them. We will be prepared for that challenge,” said the BD skipper.

During the match, all eyes will be on Rashid, who bagged 21 wickets in Indian Premier League (IPL) matches. Mujeebur Rehman could lend him valuable support.

“The pitch here is new to both teams. We would like to play to our strength. Our spinners have shown to the world that they are outstanding. Although the Asians tackle spin well, we would still want to see how the Bangladesh batsmen fare against us,” said Asghar.

PANinfo-icon Monitor/mud

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