Bangladesh National Cricket Team vs Afghanistan National Cricket Team Match Scorecard

Bangladesh National Cricket Team vs Afghanistan National Cricket Team Match Scorecard

Written by Kenneth Sawyer, In sports, Published On
March 7, 2024

Afghanistan has pursued Bangladesh for a decade. This year, Afghanistan won the bilateral ODI series in Chattogram 2-1, while Bangladesh won the Asia Cup by a large margin. Both teams appreciate each other. People are friendly. On Saturday in Dharamsala, the two teams will play without gloves for the World Cup opening. Bangladesh lost 2-0 to New Zealand at home and won only two games at the Asia Cup, missing the final. Shakib Al Hasan bullied Tamim Iqbal before Bangladesh went for India for the World Cup, causing turmoil off the pitch.

Bangladesh National Cricket Team vs Afghanistan National Cricket Team

There’s hope. Their youth won the Under-19 World Cup three years ago. Towhid Hridoy, Shoriful Islam, Tanzid Hasan, and Tanzim Hasan are ready for their maiden senior 50-over World Cup. Hridoy has excelled this year, while Shoriful has surpassed Mustafizur Rahman as the team’s top left-arm fast. Since Bangladesh has just two consistent openers, Tanzid and Litton Das are in high demand. Though Bangladesh’s all-weather batter Mehidy Hasan Miraz may begin against Afghanistan, as he did briefly in the Asia Cup. Taskin Ahmed’s speed assault and Mehidy’s bat and ball form have been strong this year. They proved that Bangladesh no longer needs spinners in any subcontinental format.

Bangladesh could also reduce its dependence on Shakib, Mushfiqur Rahim, and Mahmudullah, who are playing their fifth and fourth World Cups, respectively. Their future relies on it. Afghanistan has its demons. The lack of ODIs over the previous four years may be their biggest concern. They rank much below other World Cup countries. Afghanistan frequently recalls veteran players from their team and reserves for major events.

The performance of their spin trio Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, and Mujeeb Ur Rahman will be crucial. They must improve their hitting in the main competition. They should benefit from Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, skipper Hashmatullah Shahidi, and Nabi’s strong form this year. Afghanistan must remove their major event underperformer label. They lost all in the 2019 World Cup and choked horribly against Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup. They want to avoid these mistakes on the largest stage.

hidy Hasan Miraz’s All-Round Show Guides Bangladesh to Win Against Afghanistan

Bangladesh National Cricket Team vs Afghanistan National Cricket

Everyone speaks about Afghanistan’s spinners, but they want you to know about their opening hitters. Zadran and Gurbaz are their top two run-scorers this year and are most likely to add a fifty or 100 partnership in a line-up with inconsistent batting. Like fire and ice: Gurbaz smashes big, and Zadran rotates strikes to keep innings going. Since the 2019 World Cup, Zadran has become one of their brightest talents and can strike huge.

Key Pointers:

  • Afghanistan relies on their top order for swift runs.
  • Afghanistan relies on their top order for swift runs.AFP/Getty Images
  • Mehidy Hasan Miraz bats four ways this year. He hit confident fifties against Sri Lanka and England at Nos. 3 and 4, respectively, in the warm-ups. He opened the Asia Cup against Afghanistan and scored an undefeated 112, so he may begin again on Saturday. He excels at neutralising mystery spinners like Mujeeb, according to team management.

Naveen and Omarzai are scheduled to join.

  • Since Afghanistan’s Asia Cup exit, Azmatullah Omarzai and Naveen-ul-Haq should replace Gulbadin Naib and Karim Janat.

Afghanistan: Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Naveen-ul-Haq, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Azmatullah Omarzai, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Noor Ahmad, Riaz Hassan, Abdul Rahman,

  • Ten Bangladeshi players choose between left-arm spinner Nasum Ahmed and offspinner Mahedi Hasan for No. 8.

Bangladesh squad: Tanzid Hasan, Litton Das, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Shakib Al Hasan (c), Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mahmudullah, Towhid Hridoy, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mahedi Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Nasum Ahmed, Hasan Mahmud, Shoriful Islam, Tanzim Hasan Sakib.

Pitch and circumstances

In the previous ODI at the HPCG six years ago, India fell to 29 for 7. Consider swing and seam movement for an early start. However, the two IPL matches here this year have seen massive runs. Hillytownsn should have crisp weather.

Stats and trivia: Bangladesh nearing three-peat

Bangladesh have the potential to win their third straight World Cup opener after overcoming Afghanistan (2015) and South Africa (2019). Afghanistan has lost both World Cup openers.

Shakib Al Hasan needs 41 runs to become the most successful all-rounder in World Cups with 1000 runs and ten wickets. He has 34 wickets, much ahead of the next contender.

In the previous four years, Afghanistan has played 29 ODIs, the fewest of any World Cup teams.

Bangladesh and Afghanistan played a dramatic first match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023. Bangladesh won Match 3 by six wickets at the scenic Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamshala.

Masterclass by Shakib Causes Afghan Collapse

Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan won the toss and fielded first. This was a genius move, as Bangladeshi bowlers were disciplined. Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran started well for Afghanistan, but Shakib changed the game. The seasoned all-rounder took three important wickets, including Gurbaz, derailing the Afghan batting order.

Mehidy Thrives at Bat and Ball

Bangladesh National Cricket Team vs Afghanistan National Cricket

Tight bowling and poor shot selection doomed the Afghan middle order. The Afghan innings ended for 156 runs in 37.1 overs. Bangladesh’s Mehidy Hasan Miraz took three wickets and conceded 20 runs in his economical bowling effort.

Bangladesh Triumphs Over Afghanistan in Dharamshala Clash

Bangladesh openers Liton Das and Soumya Sarkar started well, chasing a small score. However, the Afghan spin attack caught them early. Mehidy Hasan Miraz (57) and Najmul Hossain Shanto (59*) led Bangladesh to victory. The pair kept their cool and batted wisely, preventing pursuit issues. Bangladesh completed the goal in 34 overs with four wickets losses.

Mehidy Wins Match Man of the Match

Mehidy Hasan Miraz earned Player of the Match for his whole effort. Bangladesh’s dominating triumph was due to his bat and ball efforts.

A Dream Start for Bangladesh

Bangladesh’s World Cup campaign starts well with this win. While chasing a low mark, they showed good bowling discipline and batting depth. Afghanistan will need to work on their batting weaknesses during the competition.

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