Bangladesh vs Afghanistan Prediction Asia Cup
- Date: September 20, 2018
- Time: 12:30
- Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
- Bangladesh enjoys a 3-2 win loss record over Afghanistan in the 5 ODIs that the two sides have played so far.
Our Prediction Bangladesh vs Afghanistan
Bangladesh will win this game
Bangladesh and Afghanistan have got off to brilliant starts in their Asia Cup 2018 campaigns. Both the teams have convincingly defeated Sri Lanka in their opening encounter with the island nation having to exit the tournament earlier than their fans would have expected. This won’t surely be termed as an upset as Sri Lanka came into the tournament with one of their weakest sides in decades. The upcoming game between Bangladesh and Afghanistan may have little consequences on qualification of both the teams to the Super Fours but they would like to go into the next stage of the tournament with the right form and momentum. Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi would witness a close encounter between two well matched sides.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column]
The team led by Asghar Afghan grows with confidence each time they take the field. They just keep improving and are no longer intimidated by the opponents. There were few who would have expected their batting to come good against the strong Sri Lankan bowling unit but they put up a decent total which was enough for them to run over the Lankan batting order. What impressed people most in their last game was the kind of intensity they showed on the field. But the game against Bangladesh would be a different ball game as they are in good form as well. Skipper Asghar would take heart from their 3-0 win in the T20 series against the same opposition two months ago.
The Top 3 performed well in the last game and this is something that the skipper would be happy about. Hard-hitting wicketkeeper Mohammad Shahzad lived up to his reputation and so did Ihsanullah Janat. It was however Rahmat Shah with his fine innings who sealed the victory for the side. Hashmatullah Shahidi played well too and Asghar Afghan along with Mohammad Nabi and Najibullah Zadran will look to do better in the finishers’ role in the upcoming game. Bowling is the strong point for the side and all the five bowlers had a good outing. Mujeeb Ur Rahman , Aftab Alam Gulbadin Naib, Mohammad Nabi and their star Rashid Khan did the job clinically. Mujeeb and Rashid impressed the most and the skipper would look up to them for a repeat performance against Bangladesh.
They are in the big league now and counted among the best ODI sides in the world. If there was the slightest of doubts to this fact the performance against Sri Lanka has silenced their critics. They just didn’t defeat the Lankan side they destroyed them. It was a great display of batting, bowling and fielding from the side that resulted in their convincing victory. Skipper Mashrafe Mortaza would be worried about the failure of the top order in the last game but would expect to see a better performance in the upcoming game. The middle order was simply brilliant and he would hope they retain their form in the next game.
Tamim Iqbal’s injury is a big setback for Bangladesh as not only is he the best batsman of the side but one who can stand up to any bowling attack. While Liton Das and Shakib Al Hasan failed in the last game they are good players and the team would expect them to make strong comeback. What an innings Mushfiqur Rahim played against Lankans and was well supported by Mohammad Mithun. Mahmudullah would be expected to do well in the finishing act. The bowling department looks strong with skipper Mashrafe Mortaza and Mustafizur Rahman with the new ball. Shakib and Mehidy Hasan looked good in the last game while Mosaddek Hossain was quite impressive. They have the bowling attack to take on the Afghan side.
Both the sides have looked impressive in their opening encounter but Bangladesh with their overall record against Afghanistan and a strong batting line up would just be nose ahead and start favourites in this game.