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Tigers face Afghans in dead rubber

  • Published at 08:43 pm September 20th, 2019
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Bangladesh’s Shafiul Islam watches intently as pace bowling coach Charl Langeveldt makes a point during training in Chittagong Friday Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

A win is needed to carry the momentum before the grand finale and that’s what the Tigers are aiming for in Saturday's game

Host Bangladesh will face Afghanistan in their last group stage match of the tri-nation T20I series at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium Saturday, starting at 6:30pm.

Both teams have already qualified for the final, which will be played at Mirpur’s Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium Tuesday.

Bangladesh took a day off from training Thursday after their convincing win against Zimbabwe a day earlier. 

The home team returned to training at ZACS Friday morning.

Spotlight was firmly on leg-spinner Aminul Islam Biplob and he lived upto the billing, bowling well on his debut in the last game. 

But unfortunately, he got injured during the match and later required three stitches on his left hand. 

The young bowler however, was seen bowling in the nets Friday. 

His chances of playing in the next game though are slim and in that case, left-arm spinner Taijul Islam is likely to be the possible replacement.

“He injured his left hand. Generally, a few days are needed to remove stitch. He has no chance to play [Saturday]. He just practiced [Friday] to be in rhythm,” said spin bowling coach Sohel Islam to the media Friday.  

Although it will be a dress rehearsal for the final, there are lots at stake for Bangladesh as they would definitely like to keep up the momentum after their last match. 

Following the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales, Bangladesh have been struggling in all formats as they lost three ODIs away to Sri Lanka and the lone Test match against Afghanistan at home.

They then managed a narrow win against Zimbabwe in the first T20I before losing to Afghanistan comprehensively.

A win is needed to carry the momentum before the grand finale and that’s what the Tigers are aiming for in Saturday's game.

Rain might be a slight concern for Saturday's game as weather forecast predicts thunderstorm in the evening.