Bangladesh takes on Afghanistan in the first T20 World Cup game this year.
The two teams played in the 2014 Asia Cup on March 1, with Afghanistan winning by 32 runs.
Bangladesh had a horrid showing at the tournament, winning zero games and losing four. Afghanistan win over Bangladesh was its only one.
This match will take place at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur, Bangladesh.
It’s set to start at 9:30 a.m. GMT (3:30 p.m. BDT).
The cricket match will be broadcast on Bangladesh TV and Gazi TV in Bangladesh and Lemar TV in Afghanistan.
It will also be broadcast on Star Cricket in Singapore, Hong Kong, Philippines, and Papua New Guinea; Fiji TV in the Pacific Islands; SKY TV in New Zealand; Fox Sports Australia in Australia; CSN in Sri Lanka; STAR Sports in the Indian sub-continent; Ten Sports in Pakistan; OSN Sport Cricket in Middle East and north Africa; SuperSport in the rest of Africa; Astro in Malaysia and Brunei; and Sportsnet in Canada.
Viewers in the United Kingdom can tune into SKY Sports; viewers in Europe can tune into Eurosport; and viewers in South America, Central America, the Caribbean, and the United States can tune into ESPN.
After this match, Bangladesh will face Nepal (March 18) and Hong Kong (March 20).
Afghanistan will take on Hong Kong (March 18) and Nepal (March 20).
Bangladesh and Afghanistan have never previously met in a Twenty20 match.
A key battle in the match has been identified by the tournament website:
Bangladesh v Afghanistan – Shakib Al Hasan vs. Samiullah Shenwari
“Shakib Al Hasan is Bangladesh’s outstanding performer in all formats, but it is in Twenty20 cricket that his explosive stroke-play and canny left-arm spin dominates games most. Only Anamul Haque has a higher strike rate amongst Bangladesh’s current top order than Shakib’s 127.8 and his bowling average of 19.1 and economy rate of 6.7 puts him in the top bracket of slow bowlers.
“Samiullah Shenwari has an even better economy rate (5.9) and it will be the leg-spinner’s prime job to keep Shakib quiet. He is also handy with the bat, having recently hit a half-century against India in a One Day International.”