“When you win the toss and you bowl first, our bowlers didn’t do the job. We were not up to the mark in the field, with the ball and the bat too. The way Gurbaz and Ibrahim batted, outstanding. Credit goes to them. After they got out, scenario was changed. Different ball game. Bowlers bowled well in the end. If you bat, as an opener, 20-25 overs, it is not difficult but you have to control yourself to not give wickets in powerplay because they have good quality bowlers.”
“Very happy that we won the series and it was a great performance from the team. I thought the wicket was not that easy. But the openers had a very good start and played really well. After losing the first wicket, it was not easy for new batters so there were some back-to-back wickets. And that put some pressure but we put a good score on the board.
From the last series, our bowlers were not bowling in the right areas. But all the players sacrificed Eid for this series. We were in Abu Dhabi working on ourselves. Looking forward [to the World Cup]. From the last few years we have built this team and improving with every series. Hopefully we will do well in Asia Cup and World Cup.”
Player of the match is Rahmanullah Gurbaz:
“After three-four innings, I was in hard situation, my performance wasn’t very good but I can say thanks to captain and coach. They give a lot of support and confidence to me. There was no pressure on me. The pitch was good for batting. It was planned from the coach and captain. Few matches, I was in a bit of a hurry. This match, I took my time. I read the conditions and then it was easier for me. I think credit goes to him [Zadran] as well. The way he played, he is in good form and he is a very good player. Got so much support from him.”
Bangladesh vs Afghanistan Highlights today, Saturday 8-7-2023. 2nd ODI (D/N), Afghanistan tour of Bangladesh 2023, Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chattogram.
Litton Das said, in the last game, it was tough to bat in the first ten overs. So he chose to bowl. Says they tried their best and they will win if they will play at their best.
Hashmatullah Shahidi says it’s a big opportunity to win the series and give it their 100%. Says he doesn’t mind batting first as the surface looks good and a bit drier. Farooqi had cramps and that’s why he left midway last game, so no problem. He’s 100% fit.
Toss: Bangladesh chose to field.
Bangladesh team: Litton (c), Naim, Shanto, Shakib, Hridoy, Mushfiqur †, Afif, Mehidy, Hasan, Ebadot, Mustafizur.
Afghanistan team: Rahmanullah †, Ibrahim, Rahmat, Hashmatullah (c), Nabi, Najibullah, Rashid, Mujeeb, Farooqi, Azmatullah, Saleem.
Head to Head In ODI’s: 12
Bangladesh Won: 7
Afghanistan Won: 5
Bangladesh ODI Rankings: 7th
Afghanistan ODI Rankings: 9th
(last five completed Tests, most recent first)
Match Timings: 8:00 AM GMT | 2:00 PM Locat
Umpires – Gazi Sohel, Richard Illingworth
TV Umpire – Adrian Holdstock
Match Referee – Javagal Srinath
Reserve Umpire – Tanvir Ahmed
Match number – ODI no. 4619