Asia Cup 2022: Bangladesh open campaign against high flying Afghanistan

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Asia Cup 2022: Bangladesh open campaign against high flying Afghanistan
Asia Cup 2022: Bangladesh open campaign against high flying Afghanistan

Asia Cup 2022: Bangladesh open campaign against high flying Afghanistan

Asia Cup 2022: Bangladesh will play a confident Afghanistan in the Asia Cup on Tuesday, looking to improve their mediocre T20 record.

In the first game, Sri Lanka’s batting was completely destroyed by Afghanistan pacers.

On the other side, Bangladesh will play the opening game of the competition. Since the World Cup last year, the Shakib Al Hasan-led team has only won two games out of 13 total games played in the shortest format.

The backbone of Sri Lanka’s batting had been destroyed by Afghanistan’s pacers Fazalhaq Farooqi and Naveen-ul-Haq, and their batters had successfully chased down the 105-run goal in 10.1 overs.

Bangladesh all-rounder Mehedy Hasan stated before the game that his team would like to address Dasun Shanaka’s claim on the field. Afghanistan had a higher rating from Shanaka than Bangladesh.

Asia Cup 2022: Bangladesh open campaign against high flying Afghanistan
Asia Cup 2022: Bangladesh open campaign against high flying Afghanistan

“I don’t want to make a comment that this team is good and this team is bad. I think good and bad proved in the field. A good team can lose if they play badly on that specific day. And similarly a bad team can win if they play a good game of cricket.

“We will meet in the field and at that end of the day the good team will win the match. And what I feel is that we have to prove it in the field. Because if we play well certainly everyone will know who is a good team and who is a bad team. So instead of predicting before I think it is important to play well on the field,” said Hasan.

He said that the opening game versus Afghanistan is crucial.

“Look, the first match is very important for any tournament because it will dictate how far we will go. And what cricket we are going to play because it will set the tone of the team,” he said.

“If it is a spinning wicket it will be good considering both teams have quality spinners. But what I feel is that the side that will perform well with the bat will have a better chance to win the game,” he said.