100th ODI victory beckons Tigers

100th ODI victory beckons Tigers

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Dhaka – With an advantage of 1-0 lead in their first-ever bilateral series, Bangladesh will face Afghanistan in the 2nd ODI of the three-match series at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Wednesday.Mashrafe Bin Mortaza-led Bangladesh team also have an opportunity to seal the 100th ODI victory when they will play the ICC associate nation at home in the match starting at 2:30 pm (Bangladesh time).Among the 10 Test playing nations, Bangladesh are the only nation having less than 100 wins in ODI.Against 99 wins, the Tigers have 210 losses while four matches had seen no results in this format in their 313 matches from 1986.The Tigers first tasted ODI victory under the captaincy of Akram Khan in May 1998 against Kenya by six wickets at Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium in Hyderabad.Meanwhile, Bangladesh are likely to field the same squad that sweated heavily to notch up a seven-run victory in the 1st match of the
series against the visitors on Sunday, meaning Mosaddek Hossain will have to wait a bit longer for his ODI debut.Meanwhile, Afghanistan may bring a change in their best XI bringing in teenage pace bowler Karim Janat replacing another pacer Naveen-ul-Haq.
Bangladesh team (probable): Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Imrul Kayes,Mahmudullah Riyad, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Shakib Al Hasan, Sabbir Rahman, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza (captain), Rubel Hossain, Taijul Islam and Taskin Ahmed.Afghanistan team (probable): Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Shabir Noori, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Stanikzai (captain), Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Rashid Khan, Mirwais Ashraf, Dawlat Zadran and Naveen-ul-Haq.

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