The Tigers are facing some injury concerns as opener Tamim Iqbal was hit on his left wrist while batting at the nets Friday
A confident Bangladesh are ready to face their first challenge at the 2019 World Cup as they will face South Africa at the Oval in London Sunday.
The Tigers are facing some injury concerns as opener Tamim Iqbal was hit on his left wrist while batting at the nets Friday.
But, the fans may get a huge sigh of relief as a scan on his injured hand late Friday found no fracture.
The left-hander was seen batting in the nets at the Oval on the eve of their first match, and also took part in fielding session later.
It is likely that Tamim will play in the first match but skipper Mashrafe bin Mortaza said the final call will be made by the player himself.
All-rounder Saifuddin is suffering from a back injury since he played the practice match against India in Cardiff.
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He did not train and bowl Friday and seems uncertain about an appearance in Sunday's encounter.
If Saifuddin is not fully fit, in that case the Tigers may go with pacer Rubel Hossain or may even add another spinner-allrounder in the playing XI after observing the conditions and considering the weakness of opponents against slower bowlers.
Bangladesh are in good form recently as they won the tri-nation ODIs series in Ireland.
But the World Cup is a different ball game and they need to play their absolute best to make the desired impact.
Mashrafe is also focusing on the right process on the field and hopes players will play their part well by giving their 100% in their opener of the mega event.
“The start is always important. We will play on the same wicket where England and South Africa played. We are expecting a batting wicket. If it is a bit slower, then we need to adjust to it and I think we have no problems with that. Whatever the wicket is, we need to adjust soon and play our best cricket,” said Mashrafe at the pre-match press conference at Oval Saturday.
“Tamim is already batting at the nets. We will see about both Tamim and Saifuddin as they have fitness tests [Saturday]. It will be decided on the assessment from the physio (Thihan Chandramohan) and the players as well whether they can play or not,” the captain added.
South Africa lost their first match against host England by a big margin of 104 runs.
They are also dealing with injuries as their most experienced pacer Dale Steyn has been ruled out from the first match due to Injury.
Another experienced campaigner Hashim Amla had to deal with a blow on his head when a bouncer by English paceman Jofra Archer hit him hard.
Just like Friday, Amla did not train Saturday as well as a precautionary measure and it is unclear whether the experienced campaigner will feature against Bangladesh.
The pitch at the Oval offered some help to the bowlers but overall, it was a good surface for the batters in the World Cup opener between England and South Africa and it is expected to be good for the men with the willow in the next game as well.
The match will start at 10:30am local time, 3:30pm Bangladesh time.