Afghans eye historic series win against Bangladesh

Staff Correspondent | Updated at 01:13am on October 01, 2016

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Afghanistan batsman Hashmatullah Shahidi speaks during a press conference at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Friday. — New Age photo

Afghanistan batsman Hashmatullah Shahidi said on Friday that they are looking to clinch their maiden series win over Bangladesh by playing some positive cricket in their today’s final one-day international match.
Afghanistan played some solid cricket to level the series after going down in the opening game and they are looking forward to repeat a similar performance by minimising their mistakes that cost them the opening game.
The visitors showed a vast improvement in their batting as they had shown the ability to play innings of substance unlike before where they only concentrated on hitting fours and sixes.
‘We are here to play positive cricket,’ Hasmatullah told reporters ahead of the series decider adding ‘Of course there is a chance to win that match [Saturday].’
‘What mistakes we did in the last games we will try to concentrate and do better in those areas,’ said Hasmatullah.
He thinks though they have levelled the series against the Tigers, they are not satisfied as they had failed to complete the job as per their plans and now they are keen to execute it in the last game.
‘Those who becomes set he should bat till the end,’ said Hasmatullah.
‘That was our mistake like in the first game as we had a good partnership but we didn’t finish the game.
‘It is hard for the new players to come and play like set players so our coach Lalchand Rajput told us that who becomes set he should finish the game.
‘That’s the mistake we did in two games after that we had some problems. We will try to fill that gap.’
Hasmatullah added that Afghan spinners have the ability to put their opponents into trouble that remained the case so far in the first two games.
Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi managed to keep Tigers at bay through their intelligent bowling backed by some smart fielding placement.
‘We have good spinners in the side like Mohammad Nabi, he bowled really well in the last game while Rashid Khan is also a very good spinner,’ said Hasmatullah.
‘Hopefully the spinners will do very well in the last game for us.’
Hasmatullah also said that their recent performance will encourage their cricket board to organise more games for them as they feel only through playing consistent cricket they can achieve their goal of playing in Test cricket.
‘We are trying best to take our Test membership as we have four-day games against Ireland and associate countries the final winners of Intercontinental Cup will be a Test member in the future,’ said Hasmatullah.
‘So we all know that we are playing good cricket and we defeated Zimbabwe twice while we have beaten West Indies in T20 World Cup.’