Afghanistan vs Bangladesh, Match 3
ICC World Cup, 7 October, 2023, 10:30 AM IST, Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala
It's only two days old, and already the Cricket World Cup has started with a bang! Cricketing giants England were upset by the unrated New Zealand in the opening clash of the tournament, and the Netherlands pushed Pakistan hard too.
As Bangladesh and Afghanistan get their ODI Cricket World Cup campaign underway on October 7, will we see another upset on the cards in match three of the tournament? It is also the first double-header day in the mega event with the second match to be played between South Africa and Sri Lanka in the national capital, Delhi. The BAN vs AFG match is set to take place at the Himachala Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala.
Bangladesh are coming into this tournament with a lot of controversy surrounding their former captain Tamim Iqbal. They lost the ODI series against New Zealand at home amidst all this and didn’t perform up to the expectations in the Asia Cup either. However, they ended their campaign in the competition with a win over eventual champions India. The Shakib Al Hasan led side will be keen on putting their right foot forward in their opener.
Afghanistan, on the other hand, also featured in the Asia Cup only to be knocked out of the group stage itself. Nevertheless, they possess the ability to shock several top sides thanks to their spin troika of Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Mohammad Nabi. They have faced Bangladesh on several occasions and will be looking forward to starting on a high.
The Afghanistan vs Bangladesh prediction won’t be easy with both teams having some extremely talented players.
Team Form, Last 5 Matches for Bangladesh: L-L-NR-W-L
Team Form, Last 5 Matches for the Afghanistan: L-L-L-L-L
BAN vs AFG Match Preview
Bangladesh will definitely miss their opener Tamim but their skipper Shakib Al Hasan has been declared fit after surviving an injury scare. Tanzid Hasan is likely to take up the slot at the top while Mahmudullah could be very much in contention to make it to the playing XI given his experience. With the match set to be played in Dharamsala, the pacers Taskin Ahmed and Mustafizur Rahman will be key for them
Probable Best Perfomers
Probable Best Batter: Najmul Hossain Shanto
Probable Best Bowler: Shakib Al Hasan
Possible Playing 11: Tanzid Hasan/Tanzim Hasan Sakib, Litton Das (WK), Najmul Hossain Shanto, Shakib Al Hasan (C), Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah/Towhid Hridoy, Mehidy Hasan, Mahedi Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Nasum Ahmed,
Afghanistan’s XI looks settled mostly for this match. Their top batters are Ibrahim Zadran and Rahmat Shah. Skipper Shahidi will take care of the middle-order while Najibullah Zadran and Nabi should look after the finishing duties. The bowling attack is likely to comprise of Rashid, Mujeeb, Fazalhaq Farooqi and Naveen-ul-Haq.
Probable Best Performers
Probable Best Batter: Ibrahim Zadran
Probable Best Bowler: Rashid Khan
Probable Playing XI: Rahmanullah Gurbaz (WK), Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi (C). Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Azmatullah Omarzai, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Noor Ahmad/Abdul Rahman
— Afghanistan Cricket Board (@ACBofficials) October 4, 2023
Pitch Report and Expected Weather Conditions for BAN vs AFG
The Dharamsala surface offers a lot to the pacers in the matches starting early in morning. Batting only gets easier as the day wears on and even the numbers prove it with three out of four matches won by teams bowling first. The average first innings score at the venue is only 214 runs.
HPCA Stadium ODI Records
Total Matches: 4
Match Won batting first: 1
Match won bowling first: 3
Average 1st innings score: 214
Average 2nd innings score: 201
Expected weather condition: It is expected to be cooler in morning with temperature around 20-24 Degrees Celsius. There is no forecast for rain during the entire day.
Afghanistan vs Bangladesh Dream11 Match Prediction
Wicket-keepers: Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Litton Das
Batters: Ibrahim Zadran, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Rahmat Shah
All-rounders: Shakib Al Hasan. Mohammad Nabi, Mehidy Hasan Miraz
Bowlers: Rashid Khan, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman
Recommended Captain: Shakib Al Hasan
Recommended Vice-captain: Ibrahim Zadran
Gurbaz tends to get off the blocks quickly and cannot be ignored in the Dream11 fantasy tips. Shanto is in great form at the moment while Litton is also playing some good cricket. Shakib is brilliant captaincy option and the prediction is for him to play a key role scoring runs and picking wickets thereby giving a lot of Fantasy points. Mehidy could be the surprise captaincy pick with him likely to bowl 10 overs and might even open the innings to score big runs.
Nabi is the other all-rounder pick but instead of him even Farooqi can be picked if Afghanistan are bowling first. Taskin and Mustafizur are key player to have in this cricket match in Fantasy. Rashid Khan is undoubtedly a top pick and can even be considered to make captain or vice-captain.
Afghanistan vs Bangladesh win prediction: Bangladesh to win
Bangladesh are certainly the favourites to win this match. The two teams faced in the Asia Cup last month and Bangladesh triumphed winning the match by 89 runs. In the pursuit of 335 runs, Afghanistan could only muster 245 runs. Despite being embroiled in controversy of late, Bangladesh certainly look stronger than Afghanistan. The prediction is for Bangladesh to win this cricket match.