Afghanistan start their Asia Cup debate opposite Pakistan on Thursday. Pakistan mislaid their initial diversion by 12 runs opposite Sri Lanka while Afghanistan have not played an ODI given Oct final year.
Venue: Fatullah Osmani Stadium, Narayanganj, Bangladesh
Date: Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014
Start time: 2 p.m. internal time, 8 a.m. GMT
Weather: Accuweather predicts highs of adult to 29 degrees Celsius for a match, though it will feel many hotter than that given a humidity.
TV Info: Star Life OK (Sky Channel 783, U.K.)
Pakistan came within a hair of pulling off a 297-run follow opposite Sri Lanka in a contest opener. If Afghanistan were watching, their bowlers would be many meddlesome in a approach Pakistan’s tip sequence performed.
Not a singular actor managed to pass 30 and, as parsimonious as Sri Lanka were, Sharjeel Khan and Sohaib Maqsood were discharged personification insane shots underneath no apparent pressure. As usual, Misbah-ul-Haq attempted to tack a innings behind together again and was good upheld by Umar Akmal, though there was only no behind adult from a rest of a side. Bilawal Bhatti attempted his best with a late assign of 18 off 13, though in a end, Lasith Malinga was only too many to hoop for Pakistan.
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The story will be really opposite when a dual teams block off on Thursday. They have played any other before—in Feb 2012—and Pakistan came out trumps, winning by 7 wickets. The Afghan bowlers were rather out of their abyss and nonetheless their unrestrained is contagious, they were too tender and a errors piled up.
The pacemen holding gait off a round and a delayed bowlers restraining adult a run-rate will be pivotal in this tournament, though as a opening diversion showed, these are really many batsmen-friendly conditions. Pakistan are positively favourites, though if there is one group who can yield when it’s slightest expected, it is Pakistan.
For Afghanistan, a arise of holding partial in their initial vital one-day contest is massive. Skipper Mohammad Nabi will get to exam his captaincy bravery in a toughest conditions and with dual large tournaments entrance adult for his side, it’s a lessons that are maybe some-more critical than a results.
That said, Pakistan should enthuse good fear—the dual sides final met in a Twenty20 in Sharjah behind in December, and on that arise Afghanistan done Pakistan quarrel until a penultimate round to grasp victory.
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Bilawal Bhatti has played only 8 ODIs, though he’s already apropos one of a many sparkling prospects in Pakistan cricket. He has struggled with a round so far, with an normal of 59.00 and only 8 wickets in a games he has played, though it’s his lower-order attack that’s done him so impressive. Putting together an all-round opening certainly can’t be too distant away.
Afghanistan haven’t played too many cricket in a final few months, though in a recent T20 opposite Kenya, Noor Ali scored a excellent 50 off 48. As a top-order bat, he will have to assistance those around him keep ease and set a foundation, even if it competence seem unfit opposite Pakistan’s spin wizardry.
Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Mohammad Hafeez, Ahmed Shehzad, Sharjeel Khan, Shahid Afridi, Umar Akmal, Sohaib Maqsood, Fawad Alam, Saeed Ajmal, Abdur Rehman, Junaid Khan, Umar Gul, Anwar Ali, Bilawal Bhatti, Mohammad Talha
Mohammad Nabi (capt), Nawroz Mangal, Asghar Stanikzai, Dawlat Zadran, Fazal Niazai, Hamid Hassan, Hamza Hotak, Karim Sadiq, Mirwais Ashraf, Mohammad Shahzad, Najibullah Zadran, Noor Ali Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Samiullah Shenwari, Shapoor Zadran.
Statistics and squads taken from ESPNCricinfo