Bangladesh will be looking to clinch the three-match ODI series when they take on Afghanistan in the second game in Mirpur’s Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Wednesday.
The Tigers won the first ODI at the same venue on Sunday by a tight margin of seven runs against the visitors although at one stage it appeared that the match was slipping away from the hands of the home side.
The Tigers therefore, will be targeting to correct their mistakes from the previous game and dominate their opposition.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh are on the verge of their 100th ODI win. So far they have won 99 matches in 313 attempts and lost 210 of them while four matches were abandoned.
On the other hand, limited-over skipper Mashrafe bin Mortaza has already become the most successful Bangladesh captain after winning Sunday's match. He improved his tally to 31 wins, leaving behind Habibul Bashar's record of 30 wins.
Bangladesh have won 21 ODIs, nine T20Is and a Test match under Mashrafe’s captaincy. Bashar achieved his 30 wins in 87 matches while Mashrafe leapfrogged that tally in just 53 matches.
However, Mashrafe is not reading too much into the personal achievement and informed that all these wins were achieved due to team effort.
Bangladesh enjoyed unprecedented success in the international arena last year. But after a 10-month break in the ODI format, they were a bit shaky against the Afghans in the first match. The reason behind their rusty performance was no doubt the long hiatus from the 50-over format.
The national cricketers practised a lot in the last few months and played some practise matches between themselves. With that said, the atmosphere and tension of an international game is so much different to those of a practice match and it was clearly evident in the first ODI.
Now that the first match is out of the way, the Tigers will be looking to bounce back and gain some momentum.
In contrast, Afghanistan proved themselves as a formidable competitor and almost pulled off a memorable win against the hosts. But courtesy some brilliant death over bowling from Taskin Ahmed, Rubel Hossain and Shakib al Hasan, the Afghans were denied a famous victory.
Tigers head coach Chandika Hathurusingha has already chalked out a few mistakes from the first game in all the three departments. Tamim Iqbal and Mahmudullah had the platform to launch but failed to convert their 50s into the magical three-figure mark.
What's more, the home side lost their last seven wickets for just 63 runs in the last 10 overs of their innings. Opening batsman Soumya Sarkar will be desperate to regain his touch as the left hander has been going through a rough patch for quite some time now.
The Tigers will also be eyeing to improve their ground fielding as some easy catches were grassed in the first match.
On the eve of the second ODI, it was learned from sources that there will be no major changes in the Tigers' playing XI.
And once again, weather is likely to play an important role as the forecasts suggest slight drizzle for Wednesday. Keeping that in mind, the toss will be crucial.