1st Match T20 World Cup – Bangladesh vs Afghanistan Live Match Score & Updates | BAN vs AFG Live Sunday March 16, 2014
Match Overview & Live Updates
Indian singer and composer A.R. Rahman performs in a concert organized by Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) ahead of the ICC World Twenty20 cricket tournament in Dhaka March 13, 2014. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj
T20 World Cup – Bangladesh vs Afghanistan Live | BAN vs AFG 1st match live
Venue: Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Mirpur
Date: Sun Mar 16
Time: 09:30 GMT | 15:30 local | 15:00 IST | 14:30 PKT
TV umpire: NA
Match referee: NA
Reserve Umpire: NA
1st Match Preview
Following a stunning victory over Bangladesh in the Asia Cup, not-anymore-underdogs Afghanistan is now looking to stun the host in ICC World Twenty20 Championship opener here today (Sunday) at Sher-e-Bangla Stadium.
When you are hosting a world tournament and you want to be in the tournament and youre afraid of getting out of it, that is the sort of pressure that is on you, said Kabir Khan, the Afghanistan coach, as he set out the mind-games stall. I personally think they are facing more pressure than us.
Bangladesh is on a ten-match losing streak in the competition since the inaugural edition in 2007, and even though it has lost four of its last five Twenty20 Internationals. Meanwhile, Afghanistan has its tails up and its morale high following the 32-run triumph in the Asia Cup.
However, Bangladesh is the superior team, when man to man in the squad is compared, and is welcoming back three stalwarts who were missing from that Asia Cup disaster Shakib Al Hasan, the former captain who was serving a suspension, and Tamim Iqbal and Sohag Gazi, who were both nursing injuries.
Nepal and Hong Kong form the other two teams in Group A, and they arent expected to pose a serious threat to Bangladesh or Afghanistan, so this effectively translates into a knockout fixture of sorts even at this early stage of the tournament.
In many ways, Twenty20 cricket is less forgiving than the 50-over format, 120 balls per innings substantially bridging the gulf between the sides. Zimbabwe had beaten Australia convincingly in the first World T20, so an Afghanistan win over Bangladesh isnt in the realms of the impossible, though despite its recent travails that have left Mushfiqur Rahim, the captain, hanging somewhere between exasperated and irate, its Bangladesh who still begin the strong favourite in its own patch.
Afghanistans big problem has been its batting, which has at best been patchy. It needs Mohammad Nabi, their powerful leader, and Samiullah Shenwari to score and score rapidly, while Mohammad Shahzad, both the wicketkeeper and the one with the helicopter shot would do well to shed his diffidence of the recent past.
Its bowling is almost as good as any attack going, but unless it addresses its batting woes, Afghanistan will continue to pull off the odd surprise while possessing the potential to do so much more damage.
All of Bangladesh will be hoping, indeed praying, that Sunday isnt the day when Afghan batting attains full bloom. To lose once in their backyard, in the Asia Cup, was bad enough; another defeat, with a spot in the Super 10 of the World T20 at stake, will be calamitous for a country that has rolled out the neon lights and the red carpet for this biennial slugfest.
The T20 World Cup opener 1st match between Bangladesh vs Afghanistan is being played at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Mirpur Stadium today on 16th March at 09:30 GMT, 15:30 local in Mirpur, 15:00 IST in India and 14:30 PKT in Pakistan.
You can catch ball by ball coverage with commentary and live scores along with batting, bowling and fielding statistics for the 1st T20 match of BAN vs AFG here on Cricket.com.pk – You can also read Bangladesh vs Afghanistan match updates and match report after the match is over.
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Bangladesh vs Afghanistan Squads
Bangladesh Team: (From) Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (capt, wk), Mominul Haque, Nasir Hossain, Mahmudullah, Farhad Reza, Mashrafe Mortaza, Abdur Razzak, Rubel Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Sohag Gazi, Al-Amin Hossain, Shamsur Rahman.
Afghanistan Team: (From) Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Nawroz Mangal, Karim Sadiq, Shafiqullah, Mohammad Nabi (capt), Najibullah Zadran, Gulbadin Naib, Samiullah Shenwari, Dawlat Zadran, Shappoor Zadran, Hamza Hotak, Najeeb Tarakai, Asghar Stanikzai, Mirwais Ashraf, Aftab Alam.
Stats and trivia
- From the current Afghanistan team, Nabi has the highest strike-rate at 129.64, while Shenwari bowls at 5.87, the best economy rate.
- Despite being not out six times in his T20i career, Mushfiqur averages 18.33 with the bat in this format.
Bangladesh hosts the fifth World Twenty20 with a total of sixteen teams participating for the first time. Both Bangladesh and Afghanistan are playing to qualify to proceed to the next group.
Bangladesh vs Afghanistan Live Streaming of 1st T20 Match
Several TV companies are offering live telecast of cricket matches on internet, and watching this online is a safe bet if one is not near the television.
Check out the official online websites for live streaming of Bangladesh vs Afghanistan 1st t20 clash here:
- starsports.com/cricket/video/ (in India only)
- espn.go.com/watchespn/ (North America)
- ptvsports.tv.com.pk/ (in Pakistan only)
- sports.ptv.com.pk/livestreaming.html & http://sports.ptv.com.pk/LiveStreaming.asp (in Pakistan only)
- youtube.com/user/willow/Custom (Willow tv free official subscription via Youtube)