Afghanistan and Bangladesh to battle it out for top-spot at Dhaka!
Our Prediction is Bangladesh to win!
Host Bangladesh will be looking to maintain their winning momentum when they take on Afghanistan in the 3rd match of Bangladesh Tri-series in Dhaka on Sunday.
Bangladesh Captain Shakib Al Hasan will be relieved after the side managed to pull off a close win over Zimbabwe. The side will need to improve their batting in a bid to maintain their winning streak against Afghanistan. Skipper Rashid Khan will be hoping that the side can deliver a decent show with bat and ball against Bangladesh.
In their previous game against Zimbabwe, Afghanistan managed to produce a clinical performance with bat and ball.
In their previous game, Bangladesh managed to beat Zimbabwe by three wickets, courtesy late blitz from all-rounder Afif Hossain. The top-order failed miserably in the chase as Soumya Sarkar, Captain Shakib Al Hasan and wicket-keeper Mushfiqur Rahim perished for single-digit scores.
The team management will be hoping that the experienced duo of Shakib and Rahim can deliver notable scores in this game. Opener Liton Das also failed to capitalize on his good start and scored 19 off 14 balls with the help of one four and one six. He will be looking to produce a decent score and get the side off to a good start against Afghanistan. Mahmudullah and Sabbir Rahman also produced crucial runs for the side in the opening game of Tri-series played against Zimbabwe. With Bangladesh reeling at 60 for 6 after 9.3 overs, Afif Hossain and Mosaddek Hossain led the fightback for the home side. The duo added 82-run partnership to take the game down to the wire.
All-rounder Afif Hossain proved to be the unlikely hero with the bat for Bangladesh and finished the innings with the top-score of 52 runs off 26 balls with the help of eight fours and one six. The 19-year old was given adequate by Mosaddek, who chipped in with unbeaten 30 off 24 balls with the help of two sixes.
In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Mohammad Saifuddin, Mustafizur Rahman and Shakib Al Hasan to do the bulk of the scoring. Taijul Islam, Mosaddek Hossain, and Mohammad Saifuddin picked one wicket apiece in the game played against Zimbabwe.
Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan (captain), Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Sabbir Rahman, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Afif Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Taijul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman
Taijul Islam, Soumya Sarkar, Mahmudullah, Liton Das, Sabbir Rahman, Shakib Al Hasan, Mosaddek Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Mohammad Saifuddin, Afif Hossain, Mushfiqur Rahim
In their opening fixture, Afghanistan beat Zimbabwe by 28 runs, courtesy Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi and Rahmanullah Gurbaz.
In the batting department, the side will be relying on the likes of Hazratullah Zazai, Mohammad Nabi and Rahmanullah Gurbaz. In the previous game, Debutant Rahmanullah Gurbaz played well and scored 43 off 24 balls with the help of five fours and two sixes. He will be looking to continue his good form with the bat against Bangladesh. Hazratullah Zazai, Najeeb Tarakai, and Asghar Afghan also chipped in with crucial scores to keep the scoreboard ticking for Afghanistan.
Middle-order Najibullah Zadran was the standout performer with the bat against Zimbabwe. He finished the innings with the top-score of 69 not out off 30 balls with the help of five fours and six sixes. Zadran put on a 107-run partnership with Mohammad Nabi to see Afghanistan post a daunting total in their allotted 20 overs. Bowling all-rounder Mohammad Nabi also chipped in with 38 off 18 balls with the help of four boundaries.
In the bowling department, the side will be relying heavily on the spin trio of Rashid Khan, Mujeeb ur Rahman and Mohammad Nabi to provide crucial breakthroughs in this game. Captain Rashid Khan was the standout bowler for the side against Zimbabwe and picked up two wickets in his four-over spell. Fareed Malik, Gulbadin Naib, and Karim Janat also picked up wickets for the side against Zimbabwe.
Hazratullah Zazai, Najibullah Zadran, Gulbadin Naib, Najeeb Tarakai, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan (captain), Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Karim Janat, Fareed Malik
Farid Malik, Karim Janat, Asghar Afghan, Gulbadin Naib, N Tarakai, Hazratullah Zazai, N Zadran, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Mohammad Nabi, Rahmanullah Gurbaz
The wicket prepared for the game at Shere Bangla National Stadium will provide help for the spinners. The batsmen will to stay at the crease in order to find their form and rhythm with the bat. The weather forecast for the game will be played on Saturday is expected to have showers in the evening.
The side that wins the toss would be looking to bowl first and restrict the opposition to a modest total. Given the rain predicted for the game, batting second will be the most preferred option for both the teams. Venue Shere Bangla National Stadium is going to host the third game between Bangladesh and Afghanistan.
Bangladesh has a poor head-to-head record against Afghanistan in the T20 cricket. The side has lost their last three T20I games against Afghanistan.
Host Bangladesh will be favorites to win their game against Afghanistan. Shakib Al Hasan and co. will need to improve their game with the bat in order to maintain their winning streak in this game. On the other hand, Afghanistan will be hoping that the big players can come to the party and produce the goods against Bangladesh.
Our winning prediction for the day is Bangladesh to register a narrow win over Afghanistan.