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Tigers, Afghans arrive in Dhaka for finale

  • Published at 11:56 pm September 22nd, 2019
Bangladesh's Mosaddek Hossain runs between the wickets as batting coach Neil McKenzie, Nazmul Hossain Shanto and Liton Das look on during training Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

The two sides will now meet in the final at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium Tuesday evening

Host Bangladesh and tourist Afghanistan cricket teams reached Dhaka Sunday after finishing the Chittagong leg of the ongoing tri-nation T20I series. 

The two sides will now meet in the final at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium Tuesday evening. 

The Bangladesh team members upon reaching Dhaka kept themselves to the hotel rooms mostly. 

In the afternoon, Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hasan was said to have visited the team hotel to meet Tigers T20I captain Shakib al Hasan and a few members of the team management. 

It is understood that the meet had involved planning for the grand finale. 

Bangladesh team have been in shambles recently, finishing eighth in the World Cup 2019 in England and Wales, despite being highly rated, and then conceded a 3-0 ODI series whitewash against host Sri Lanka. 

A defeat in the final of the T20I series against Afghanistan following the one-off Test match defeat against the same opponent on home soil made the woes even worse.       

Bangladesh reached the capital boosted with a rare win against Afghanistan in the shortest format. 

Out of six encounters between the two teams, Bangladesh tasted only their second win against Afghanistan, at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong Saturday. 

The host powered with Shakib’s calculated counterattack chased 139 runs successfully to seal a four-wicket victory over the Afghans. 

Shakib, despite regular loss of wickets at the other end of crease, kept the scoreboard ticking along and remained unbeaten on 70 off 45 balls with eight fours and a six. 

The left-handed batsman was key behind the easing off pressure against the Afghanistan spinners as Bangladesh reached the shore with an over to spare.

A win against Afghanistan had become a necessity for Bangladesh. 

Concerns with regards to tackling the Afghanistan spin attack got heavy as the series approached, and the result was evident as Bangladesh conceded a humiliating 224-run defeat to one of the newest Test-playing nations. 

The worry doubled for Bangladesh as they lost the first game of the T20I series after failing to chase 165 runs.

Both Bangladesh and Afghanistan will train Monday ahead of the series finale.