Bangladesh will lock horns with an upbeat UAE at the Shere Banga Stadium in Dhaka on 26 February 2016. The match will start at 07.00 PM IST.
UAE had in its previous encounter sent shivers down the spine of a quality batting unit like Sri Lanka and could have caused the biggest upset of the tournament had it not been for a spirited performance by Malinga. The match will have undoubtedly upped the spirits of UAE team.
The hosts must be keen to make a comeback especially after the loss to India. The stadium is expected to be jam packed especially after the previous two matches Bangladesh skipper has asked his men to concentrate on the ball and not on the crowd which undoubtedly will be supporting the home team. The huge crowds will have an effect on UAE team as much as facing an opposing team on their home turf.
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Describing the underlying sentiments of his team, Javed added that his message to the team is to go out and win the game.
UAE performance against Sri Lanka must have raised the confidence of the Bangladesh team which in the past has snatched victory from the jaws of defeat, courtesy grit and determination to deliver under duress. It was lacking in the UAE fight back which crumbled after brilliantly restricting the Lankans to 129.
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Bangladesh will be a tough nut to crack. The field is green and will assist the pacers, and the spinners will have a secondary role, something which is a rarity in the subcontinent wickets.
The Bangladesh pace battery is led by Mashrafe Mortaza. Mustafizur has variations which can trouble the batsman. To top the cake is pace and bounce for Taskin, swing from a slinging action for Al-Amin Hossain. The pace battery can substantially compensate for the weakness in its batting against quality pace attack.
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