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Bangladesh top-order keep fumbling
Bangladesh’s top-order batsmen continued to struggle in the ongoing Asia Cup the Tigers lost their first two wickets for 18 runs in their second Super Four match against Afghanistan in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.
Despite an uproar over the failure of top-order and addition of Imrul Kayes and Soumya Sarkar to the squad Bangladesh kept their faith on regular opening pair of the tournament Liton Das and Nazmul Hossain.
While Liton could show at least some promises this time, Nazmul put big question over his talent attempting a wild slog before fifth over was completed.
Rahmat Shah took a simple catch off Aftab Alam as Nazmul departed for six after making 14 runs in the previous two matches.
In order to save Sakib al Hasan for late overs, Bangladesh promoted Mohammad Mithun in one-down position but he too failed to grab the chance.
Mujeeb ur Rahman trapped Mithun leg before to leave Bangladesh tottering once again after skipper Mashrafee bin Murtaza won the toss and opted to bat.
The Tigers reached 55-2 in 15 overs with Liton batting on 31 alongside Mushfiqur Rahim ( 15 not out)
Bangladesh made two changes from seven-wicket mauling against India, bringing in Imrul for Mosaddek Hossain and debutant spinner Nazmul Islam for Rubel Hossain.
Afghanistan brought back Samiullah Shenwari for Najibullah Zadran in their only change from three-wicket loss to Pakistan in the previous game.