The Afghans started off the tri-nation series in the most ideal manner as they beat both Bangladesh and Zimbabwe in the first two games, and that too in a comprehensive manner.
Though Afghanistan made it to the finals of the tournament, they ended up losing their previous two games even though they were dead rubbers.
Now it will be the hosts, Bangladesh who will take on Afghanistan yet again as the final takes place at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium
Date- Tuesday, September 24
Time- 6:00 PM (IST)
Pitch and Conditions:
Team’s batting second have lately had a problem while chasing as the wicket tends to slow down more often than not. Keeping in mind the pressure of the finals, both teams would fancy batting first and setting a decent target. There will be slight cloud cover and rain can have a part to play in today’s fixture.
Bangladesh Team News:
Liton Das has shown aggressive intent while opening the innings for the hosts and has made use of power play. Mohammad Naim, however, hasn’t been able to contribute much and might make way for Najmul Hossain Shanto.
Shakib al Hasan scored a quick-fire 70 against Afghanistan in the previous game and will once again pose a threat to the visitors with both bat and ball.
Mushfiqur Rahim is yet to come good this series, while Mahmadullah’s late hitting in the final few overs makes him a real asset. Atif Hossain did well with the ball in the last game and picked a couple of wickets, while the pace attack looks promising enough with the likes of Mustafizur, Shaiful, and Saifuddin.
Afghanistan Team News:
Opening batsman, Rahmanullah Gurbaz has done exceedingly well in the series with him being the top scorer of the tournament with 133 runs in four games, with a strike rate of 134.34
Hazrutullah Zazai has shown glimpses of what he can do with the bat upfront but hasn’t been able to bring out his best. Veteran Mohammad Nabi and Najibullah Zadran’s presence in the middle order solidifies Afghanistan’s batting lineup.
Hamstring injury might keep Afghan skipper Rashid Khan at bay in the final game.
Mujeeb Ur Rahman’s mystery spin can continue to cause problems for Bangladesh in the finals.
AFGH vs BAN | Probable 11:
Bangladesh- Liton Das, Najmul Hossain, Shaib Al Hasan (C), Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mahmudullah, Sabbir Rahman, Atif Hosain, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Shafiul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman
Afghanistan- Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Hazratullah Zazai, Asghar Afgham, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Shafiqullah Shafaq, Fareed Malik, Naceen-ul-Haq, Mujeeb Ur Rahman (Doubt: Rashid Khan)
Shakib Al Hasan will undoubtedly be one of the top picks with both bat and ball.
Mahmudullah’s experience in the middle order makes him a real threat to Bangladesh.
Rashid Khan is invariably a player to watch out for in the finals. Especially while considering he’s leading his side to early glory.
Rahmanullah Gurbaz’s consistency with the bat has been like a breath of fresh air for Afghanistan cricket, especially since the Mohammad Shahzad controversy.
Mohammad Nabi’s cameo in the middle order with the bat and experience in the shortest format of the game with the ball in hand can turn out to be the difference for Afghanistan.
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