Abu Hider, Abu Hider, Rahmat Shah
Bangladesh got off to a positive start as debutant Abu Hider claimed two early wickets for his team putting the pressure on Afghanistan batsman/Getty Images

Bangladesh got off to a positive start as debutant Abu Hider claimed two early wickets including Rahmat Shah for his team putting the pressure on Afghanistan batsman in the ongoing Asia Cup 2018 in the United Arab Emirates.

The Tigers made three changes as top-order batsman Nazmul Hossain, and pacer Hider was making their one-day international debut with Mominul Haque will play his first One-day International since ICC World Cup 2015.

With opener, Iqbal already ruled out from the tournament, and both the teams already progressed to the Super Four stage, the Tigers rested Mushfiqur Rahim and Mustafizur Rahman for the deadly encounter.

Meanwhile, Afghanistan made one change to their first match win over Sri Lanka as they brought Samiullah Shenwari in place of Najibullah Zadran.

However, Hider picked up his maiden wicket in 50-over cricket only in his third ball when he dismissed opener Ihsanullah Janat (eight) in the second over of the match after Afghanistan skipper Asghar Afghan won the toss and elected to bat first.

Hider provided an in-swinger to bowl Rahmat Shah (10) out in his third over to hold the Afghans to 28-2.

Asia Cup 2018: Debutant Abu Hider Rattles Afghanistan Batsman Rahmat Shah
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The debutant, Abu Hider picks up two for his team. Moreover, it was not a superficial delivery, but one he would remember for a long time. He made Rahmat feel comfortable with those front foot drives and now pulls his length back relatively and slows his pace while at it. The batsman though was in overdrive, misread the length and went for a drive and left a nice-enough bat-pad gap in the process.

Currently, Afghanistan is reading at 145/5 at the end of 35 over.

Here is the video of Rahmat Shah being castled by Abu Hider: Asia Cup 2018 – Afghanistan vs Bangladesh –

https://twitter.com/DRVcricket/status/1042745947111997440

Arijit Chatterjee

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