Cricket Prediction Asia Cup – Bangladesh take on Afghanistan in Super Four game – September 23, 2018

Cricket Prediction Asia Cup – Bangladesh vs Afghanistan – September 23, 2018

Date of match: September 23, 2018

Time of Match: 17:00 IST

Location of Match: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Format: ODI

Stage: Super Four

Tournament: Asia Cup

Team A: Bangladesh

Team B: Afghanistan

Team A Captain: Mashrafe Mortaza

Team B Captain: Ashgar Afghan

MATCH PREVIEW

The scheduling has meant that teams have had to be on their toes all the time and considering the heat they had to rest some of their players. This is what happened in the last game between Afghanistan and Bangladesh as well. Both the teams rested some of their players. Bangladesh, in particular, gave rest to their key batsman Mushfiqur Rahim.

In their last game despite never quite being on top Afghanistan reached a good score in the end. It was all because of the fine batting display by Rashid Khan who was sensational on his Birthday. Not only did he resurrect the innings from the score of 160-7 he also destroyed the innings of Bangladesh while bowling with his miserly 13 for 2 run spell from 9 overs.

Along with Rashid Khan, Gulbadin Naib as well played a good hand of 42 runs from 38 balls under pressure. This knock showed the depth of Afghanistan’s batting who have traditionally struggled with their batting. Their coach Phil Simmons has specially focussed on their batting as their strength in bowling is well known. Afghanistan is fast developing a template where they need to score just enough to keep their bowlers a chance. They have confidence in their bowlers that even if they score a par score it will be enough.

Bangladesh, on the other hand, is without their best opening batsman Tamim Iqbal who was injured in the very first game of this tournament. However, they still have Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah in their rank who haven’t quite scored heavily in this tournament and would need to do well in the remaining games.

On the bowling front, Bangladesh has been alright, led by Shakib and Mashrafe others have been tough to get away and have bowled to their strength. Their fast bowlers haven’t been needed to do the job. Even in the last game they had controlled the game till 160-7 and just hadn’t allowed the easy runs.

It is going to be a good clash between the two nations. While Bangladesh has gone to another level since last few years, Afghanistan has rapidly risen up the charts. In fact, it won’t be wrong to say that they have been the fastest improving side ever in the International Cricket’s history. No side has managed to defeat as many teams as they have in such a short span of time. Thus, Bangladesh has their task cut out against Afghanistan to show who is the more experienced side.

MATCH INFORMATION

Bangladesh and Afghanistan will clash again in Super Four game after their clash in the group stage. It is a very important game for both the sides considering both India and Pakistan are being considered as strong favourites to reach the final. It will be down to these two teams to prove everyone wrong and stop India and Pakistan from clashing for the third time in the tournament.

BANGLADESH STARTING LINEUP

  • Liton Das
  • Nazmul Hossain
  • Shakib Al Hasan
  • Mushfiqur Rahim
  • Mahmudullah
  • Mosadek Hossain
  • Mohammad Mithun
  • Mashrafe Mortaza
  • Mehidy Hasan Miraj
  • Rubel Hossain
  • Mustafizur Rahman

   AFGHANISTAN STARTING LINEUP

  • Mohammed Shahzad
  • Ihsanullah
  • Rahmat Shah
  • Asghar Afghan
  • Hashmatullah Shahidi
  • Mohammad Nabi
  • Najibullah Zadran
  • Gulbadin Naib
  • Rashid Khan
  • Aftab Alam
  • Mujeeb Ur Rahman

TOSS PREDICTION

Both the teams like their spinners to do their job. Both don’t particularly like to chase the totals. Hence, it would be a surprise if both the team decide to chase the score. Both have also won the games by putting up the scores first and then restricting the oppositions by their spinners. Expect the team winning the toss to bat first.

MATCH CONDITIONS AND PITCH

So far, we haven’t seen the score of more than 300 runs in the tournament. In fact, the teams chasing has struggled to even chase 250 runs. Only Hong Kong managed to chase the total admirably against India but even they lost the plot after putting on a huge opening partnership of 174 runs. That shows that chasing hasn’t been easy and it becomes difficult once you are through the first 15 overs.

BETRALLY INDIA`S PREDICTION

Afghanistan will be favourites again to win the game. Especially the manner in which they won their last game against Bangladesh showed their depth and class in the line-up. Bangladesh, on the other hand, would like to be lucky with the toss on this occasion and bat first. This would put the pressure on Afghanistan’s batting line up and it will be interesting to see how they cope up with that.

Who will Win? – Afghanistan
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – 50+, Rahmat Shah
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – 3, Rashid Khan
Most Sixes – Mohammad Nabi
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