Bangladesh (@1.66) vs Afghanistan (@2.2)
25-09-2019

Our Prediction:

Bangladesh will win

Bangladesh – Afghanistan Match Prediction | 25-09-2019 08:30

Bangladesh naturally have the edge in terms of experience and their greater batting strength could make the difference. Rashid Khan has even more pressure on his young shoulders now as Afghan captain but he has so far looked less effective in red ball cricket in comparison to his threat in T20s. That has typically been their weakness in the longer formats of the game and why the home side have to be favoured if a result can occur amid the rainy forecast. This promises to be a hugely competitive match between these two sides and Afghanistan will see this as another golden opportunity to get a positive result against a local rival. Both he and Nabi are going to have to be at their very best if they are to compete here while their batsmen need to produce.

However, it was refreshing to see the likes of Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah Riyad join the party after Shakib was dismissed after getting a start. Up until the last match, Shakib Al Hasan was more or less single-handedly carrying their batting. The inconsistency of Tamim Iqbal and Sowmya Sarkar at the top of the order is still a massive concern for them, and they'd need to come good in the remaining matches for Bangladesh to make a mark in the tournament.

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While they were spanked by India in their first-ever test at Bengaluru last year, they registered a comfortable seven-wicket win over Ireland at Dehradun in March. Bangladesh had a torrid time in New Zealand earlier this year in February-March when they suffered innings defeat in both the test matches. Afghanistan, on the other hand, have played only a couple of matches in the longest format. Prior to that series, however, Bangladesh beat the West Indies 2-0 at home. They lost the first test by an innings and 52 runs before being thrashed by an innings and 12 runs in the second test.

Afghanistan have plenty of spinners to fill for him, but the absence of Rashid Khan will undoubtedly be felt in case he doesn't play in the upcoming match. Their bowling has done well so far, but an injury to Rashid Khan in the last match is undoubtedly a considerable setback. The extent of damage is still unknown, and it is still unknown if the number one ranked T20I bowler will be available to play on Tuesday.

In fact, the last match between the two teams was the first occasion in the previous five meetings where Bangladesh emerged as the winners. Afghanistan, on the other hand, have grown leaps and bounds since making their T20I debut a few years ago, to the extent that now no team takes them lightly. Contrary to one would believe, Bangladesh haven't emerged on top against their rivals - Afghanistan often in the past two meetings between the two sides.

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Also, considering the composure Mohammad Nabi showed in the previous game and his ability to hit the ball hard and long, he is probably batting one spot lower than he should. Hamid Hasan was dropped posting decent performances in the first few matches and keeping the experienced Asghar Afghan out of the lineup for was somewhat surprising. They have chopped and changed their lineup as well as the batting order way too often which has led to inconsistency in their performances. The change in their captain just before the World Cup might also be one of the reasons for their poor performance in this tournament.

When it comes to bowling, Bangladesh have a potent attack with the likes of Abu Jayed, Taskin Ahmed and Mehidy Hasan in addition to skipper Shakib. The home team will also have plenty of expectations from Mushfiqur Rahim and Mominul Haque in terms of batting. Tamim Iqbal is not featuring in this one-off test and so Shadman Islam and Soumya Sarkar are likely to open the batting. Even left-arm spinner Taijul Islam, who has 20 wickets in just six tests at this ground, will be another big threat on this spin-friendly surface.

Both these bowlers shared ten wickets between them against Ireland and they will pose the biggest threat to the Bangladeshi batsmen in this match. Even left-arm chinaman Zahir Khan can cause a few problems for the opposition at this ground. With the ball, Afghanistan will bank mainly on their spin duo of Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi. Shapoor Zadran will be leading Afghanistans pace attack and the onus will be on him to pick up early wickets with the new ball.

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They failed to chase down a manageable total against Sri Lanka and then could not deal enough damage with the bat against the potent bowling attack of India. Afghanistan have punched way below they were expected to so far in the tournament, primarily due to their underperforming batting.

The most recent encounter which came in last year's Asia Cup at Abu Dhabi was won by Bangladesh. After winning the toss and electing to bat first in that game, Bangladesh scored 249/7 in their 50 overs. Both the teams have won twice each in the previous four ODI meetings. Afghanistan, in reply, could manage 246/7 in their innings and fell short by three runs.

The former have the benefit of playing in their own conditions and they have even beaten a few top-ranked teams at home in recent times. Bangladesh have a lot more experience of playing test cricket as compared to Afghanistan who will be playing just their third game in the format. Bangladesh also have a decent test record at Chattogram and have faced defeat only twice in their last eight matches here.