Expect a decent batting wicket for the entire game. Spinners will also find encouragement as the game progresses. Out of the last five ODIs at this venue, the team chasing the total has triumphed on four occasions.
Probable XI for Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal (c), Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mahmadullah, Shakib Al Hasan, Litton Das, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Afif Hossain, Mehidy Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Shoriful Islam/Nasum Ahmed
Probable XI for Afghanistan: Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Rahmat Shah, Ibrahim Zadran/Riaz Hassan, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Rashid Khan, Gulbadin Naib, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fareed Malik, Yamin Ahmadzai
We have opted for a fantasy cricket team based on the recent performances, overall impact, and credit points.
Shakib Al Hasan is the world’s No.1 all-rounder as per the ICC rankings. He is also the hottest pick in fantasy cricket. Much of Bangladesh’s success will depend on how Shakib performs.
Rashid Khan is arguably the leading spinner in limited-overs cricket, across conditions. In 77 ODIs, he has picked up 146 wickets at only 18.49. In six games against Bangladesh, Rashid has bagged 10 wickets.
Besides his wicket-keeping skills, Mushfiqur Rahim can also play the role of a sheet anchor to a nicety. His recent scores in ODIs reads 28, 125, 84, 21, and 34.
Mohammad Nabi is likely to bowl his full quota of 10 overs. He is also used as a floater in the batting order in search of quick runs. Often, fantasy players choose Nabi as the captain for his all-round skills.
Mehidy Hasan is a street-smart cricketer, who has won games single-handedly. He is No.5 in the ICC Rankings for bowlers.
Whether it’s a new or old ball, Mustafizur Rahman is a genuine wicket-taker in white-ball cricket. His cutters can pose a challenge to the batters, especially at the death.
Mujeeb Ur Rahman is likely to operate with the new ball. He also has a tendency to strike early in the powerplay. A strike rate of 32.3 is a testimony to his attacking spin bowling.
Aggressive Najibullah Zadran is expected to bat at No.4 or 5. In his last series against Netherlands, he scored 100 runs in two outings.
Although Rahmat Shah might struggle to accelerate in the beginning, his contribution at No.3 has been solid. In the last series, he scored 153 runs in three innings.
Tamim Iqbal is known for providing his team with brisk starts in the powerplay. He averages 54 against Afghanistan and also scored 112 in his last ODI.
Both teams have met eight times in the ODIs, with Bangladesh winning 5 and Afghanistan 3. In Bangladesh though, they are tied at two wins apiece.
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