After absolutely decimating Afghanistan in the one-off Test, Bangladesh will be hoping to keep up with the momentum in the upcoming three-match ODI series. With the hope to do well in the 2023 ODI World Cup, the home team will be desperate to start their preparation well, and thus, the series against Afghanistan will be key for the Tamim Iqbal-led side. It will be also interesting to see how the Bangla Tigers tackle the dangerous Rashid Khan.
When it comes to Afghanistan, opener Usman Ghani shocked the cricketing world by calling out the ACB officials corrupt. Thus, the best way to get out of that controversy is to do well in the forthcoming match, but the challenge will not be easy. In order to get the job done, the team will depend a lot on Rashid, Rahmanullah Gurbaz and the skipper Hashmatullah Shahidi. However, consistency has been their biggest problem, and thus, that is one area that the team will be hoping to improve on before the mega tournament in India.
BAN vs AFG Match Details:
BAN vs AFG, 1st ODI, Afghanistan tour of Bangladesh 2023
Venue: Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chattogram
Date & Time: Wednesday, July 05, 1:30 PM IST
Broadcast & Live Streaming Details: Fancode app and website
The surface at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram usually favours the spinners. The skipper winning the toss probably will elect to bat first, and anything above 280 will be a good score on this surface.
BAN vs AFG Probable Playing XIs
Tamim Iqbal (c), Litton Das, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Towhid Hridoy, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Hasan Mahmud, Ebadot Hossain, Taijul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman
Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Rashid Khan, Azmatullah Omarzai, Mujeeb Ur Rahma, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Zia Ur Rahman
BAN vs AFG Probable Best Performers
Probable best batter
Shakib Al Hasan:
The poster boy of Bangladesh cricket, Shakib Al Hasan, is a runaway match winner on his day. He is a brilliant player of spin, and thus, his battle against Rashid Khan will be very intriguing. Notably, the 36-year-old has represented the national team in 232 ODI matches, scoring 7132 runs in the process.
Probable best bowler
Spin wizard Rashid Khan will be Bangladesh’s biggest threat in the upcoming match. In the spin-friendly track of Chattogram, the cricketer can wreak havoc; thus, the home team should be aware of his threat.