Can Afghanistan spinners shine on spin-friendly Bangladesh Tracks?
Our prediction is Bangladesh will win the match!
Bangladesh and Afghanistan have risen steadily in the cricketing ranks in the last decade and they lock horns for the first time in the test format.
Bangladesh`s victories are no more considered as upsets in the limited-overs and they have won matches against Big nations such as Australia, England, and West Indies in their home soil. Afghanistan, on the other hand, is one of the latest entrants in Test cricket. They have played just two test matches and are high on morale after their maiden test win against Ireland. Bangladesh will look to take advantage of the inexperience of Afghanistan and register yet another Test win at their home soil. Afghanistan will depend heavily on their spin resources in this series as the conditions will favor them.
Bangladesh defeated West Indies 2-0 in their last test assignment at their home soil. They have a very experienced line-up with the likes of Mominul Haque, Soumya Sarkar, Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan, and Mushfiqur Rahim. Shakib Al Hasan has been appointed as an interim captain and he will look to take his team to victory in this one-off Test. Mominul Haque and Mahmudullah scored centuries in their last series with good contributions from Shakib Al Hasan and Shadman Islam. Bangladesh is expected to go in a spin heavy attack in this match. Shakib, Taijul Islam, and Mehdi Hasan are certain starters in the playing XI. Nayeen Hasaan will be the fourth spinner in the squad and is expected to slot in the playing XI.
Shakib Al Hasan – Shakib is the MVP for Bangladesh in all formats of the game. He returns to the team after a brilliant all-round show in the WC2019. He will look to make contributions with bat and ball.
Mehdi Hasan – Mehdi Hasan took 12 wickets in their last home test against West Indies and he is expected to play a huge role in this match too. He is their No.1 spinner in the team with the likes of their skipper.
Shakib Al Hasan(C), Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mominul Haque, Soumya Sarkar, Mahmudullah, Shadman Islam, Mohammed Mithun, Taijul Islam, Mehdi Hasan, Nayeen Hasaan, Taskin Ahmed
Afghanistan made their test debut less than a year ago and they achieved their maiden victory in their second test against the Ireland team. Openers Inshalluh and Ibrahim Zadran made 50+ scores in the warm-up fixture and are expected to open their batting in this match. Hasmatullah Shahidi, Rahmat Shah, and Asghar Afghan will form the middle order batting of the team and are very experienced players in limited-overs. Rashid Khan will take over the captaincy responsibilities and this will be his maiden Test as a skipper. Mohammed Nabi and Zakir Hussain are expected to partner Rashid khan in the spin department. Zakir took a five-wicket haul in the practice match against the BCB XI. Yamin Ahmadzai and Shapoor Zadran will face-off for the lone pacer`s slot in the starting XI.
Rahmat Shah – Rahmat Shah had scores of 98 & 76 in their match against Ireland and was instrumental for their maiden Test victory. He will look to repeat his good performance in this match too.
Rashid Khan – Spinners are expected to play a huge role in this match and Rashid Khan is the trump card for Afghanistan team. He has enough experience of playing against different players across different conditions.
Ihsanullah Janat, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan (c), Ikram Ali Khil (wk), Shapoor Zadran/Yamin Ahmadzai, Javed Ahmadi, Zahir Khan, Ibrahim Zadran
Spinners will play a huge role in this pitch and in the last match Bangladesh used only 4 overs of pace here. The average first innings score here is 350 runs. The weather looks cloudy and it worsens in the last two days of the match. Showers are expected to leave a mark in this test match.
Batting becomes difficult as the match progresses in sub-continental pitches and a used pitch will make the ball bounce and turn prodigiously of the rough.
Both teams have good spin bowling unit but Afghanistan lacks experience of playing the longer format of the match. Afghanistan batsmen will be tested in the test arena with their ability to concentrate for longer periods. We expect Bangladesh to win this match owing to their recent home records.