Bangladesh and Afghanistan will open their account in the 2023 World Cup to be played at Dharamshala in the first match of the doubleheader on 7th October. Both teams would look to start the tournament on a winning note.
Afghanistan will be high on confidence as they registered a thumping win over Sri Lanka in the last warm-up game. They look like a strong unit with good quality batting and spin trio which can trouble any team on its day.
On the other hand, Bangladesh also looked in decent touch as they need their experienced players like Shakib AL Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, and others to come up with a plan against Afghanistan spinners.
Details– Bangladesh vs Afghanistan, Match 3, ICC Cricket World Cup
Venue– HPCA Stadium, Dharmshala
Date and Time– 7th October, 10.30 AM IST
Bangladesh and Afghanistan have played a total of 15 One-day international matches between them with Bangladesh winning 9 times while Afghanistan registered 6 victories. The last time these two teams met in ODI was during the recently concluded Asia Cup.
Bangladesh posted 334 for 5 in 50 overs thanks to centuries by Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Najimul Hasan Shanto. In reply, Afghanistan was bowled out for 245 as Bangladesh made it into the Super 4 stage.
Bangladesh has a great record in ODI World Cups over Afghanistan. They played twice with each other and Bangladesh won both times. These two matches took place in the 2019 edition as Bangladesh won by 62 runs and the other one in 2015 where Bangladesh registered a resounding 105 runs victory.
The HPCA Stadium, Dharmshala has hosted just 4 One-day international games so far. It provides some assistance for the bowlers initially before it becomes a brilliant pitch to bat on.
Out of the 4 matches played at this venue, the team batting first has won only once while the team batting second won a total of 3 times. It promises to be an exciting encounter between these two sides.
The captain that wins the toss would likely field first and then chase down the target depending upon the target.
Bangladesh (BNG) vs Afghanistan (AFG) – Predicted Playing XI
Liton Das, Tanzid Hasan, Najimul Hasan Shanto, Shakib AL Hasan (C), Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, Nasum Ahmed, Musfiztur Rahman/Tanzim Hasan Shakib.
Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi ©, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Azmatullah Omarzai, Abdul Rahman, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazallahq Farqooi.
Fantasy Team Selection- BNG vs AFG
Team 1– Liton Das, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (VC), Najimul Hasan Shanto, Rahmat Shah, Mushfiqur Rahim (C), Najibullah Zadran, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Rashid Khan, Taskin Ahmed, Fazallahq Farqooi.
Team 2– Tanzid Hasan, Ibrahim Zadran (VC), Shakib AL Hasan (C), Hashmatullah Shahidi, Mahmudullah, Mohammad Nabi, Abdul Rahman, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Shoriful Islam, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed.