Afghanistan vs Bangladesh Asia Cup 2014 Preview: Who will win the battle of the minnows?

Amidst some high profile clashes in the on-going Asia cup there is one battle, a battle between reasonably two minnow sides Bangladesh and Afghanistan, which promises to be an equivalent to any blockbuster.

After Bangladesh was romped by India in their first game, they will look to retain some pride in-front of their home crowd. While novel entrants Afghanistan who had Pakistan under the pump for brief period in their opening encounter will make sure that this isn’t an easy walk in the park for tigers.

Bangladesh come into the match with upper hand as they have all the experience behind them while Afghanistan who showed glimpse of maturity in past will look into cause an upset and prove their participation worthwhile.

This will be for the first time that both teams will be up against each other in one day format of the game. Runner up in the last edition of the tournament Bangladesh will look to add points to their kitty to keep their chances of qualification for final alive. Afghan warriors on the other hand have nothing to lose and will be eager to push Bangladesh against the wall.

For Bangladesh all hopes will be on opener Anamul Haque to provide solid start at the top and captain Mushfiqur Rahim who scored century against India. Apart from them Bangladesh will hope that their middle order get in their groove. There is an area of concern for Bangladesh as they will miss the services of experienced pacer Mashrafe Mortaza who is out of the tournament with side strains.

Afghanistan on many occasions has shown that they are quick learners of the game and will look for a team effort to stop Bangladesh. Noor Ali zadran who was top scorer the other night against Pakistan will be the key player from Afghan camp.Fast bowler Shapoor Zadran who went wicket less in first game will be looked up by the captain to deliver. Afghanistan has a good bowling unit which comprises the likes of experienced spinner Mohammad Nabi and rookie left-arm orthodox Hamza Hotak who can be more than effective on Fatullah wicket.

The clash promises to be a full on entertainment package as Bangladesh are tough opponent to beat in their backyard and the kind of support they get from crowd is phenomenal but cricket followers will undeniably love to see Afghanistan pull things off.

By Aamir Salati