Bangladesh meet Afghanistan in the second of their three match ODI series at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka on Wednesday 28th September.
The home side won a narrow 7-run victory in the first encounter at the weekend, to take a 1-0 lead in the series.
Although beaten in game one, the tourists should be pleased with their efforts in running Bangladesh so close on home soil, where they have a formidable record in the past three years. During that period the seventh ranked Bangladesh team have won home series against Pakistan, India and South Africa.
Afghanistan are the tenth ranked side in ODI cricket, and remain more formidable opponents in the T20 format of the game.
The first ODI was a thrilling game, with the hosts posting 265, with Tamim Iqbal scoring 80 from 98 balls and Mahmudullah 62 off 74 balls. Dawlat Zardan was the pick of the bowlers, taking 4-74.
The visitors looked set for an historic and memorable victory when they stood on 230-4, but Taskin Ahmed returned to the attack to take four wickets, finishing with 4-59, and the 144 run third wicket partnership between Rahmat Shah who scored 71 runs off 93 balls and Hashmatullah Shahidi with 72 runs off 110 balls, had proven to be in vain, as the lower order collapsed like a pack of cards.
Taskin was playing international cricket for the first time since being suspended for an illegal bowling action in March.
Not only did the home side celebrate winning as a team, but Shakib Al Hasan, who made his ODI debut in 2006, also became the highest wicket-taker in Bangladesh’s ODI history, when he dismissed Rahmat Shah in the first ODI, his 208th victim. He is now the leading wicket taker for his country in all three formats of the international game.