Deadline: September 24, 2019 at 6 PM IST

Venue: Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka

Pitch report

The pitch at Dhaka did not, as often is the case, look like a batting-friendly one until Najibullah Zadran and Mohammad Nabi walloped 7 consecutive sixes between them, shooting the score to 197 in 20 overs. It was a display of sheer power. Otherwise, it is a 160-run pitch on which the batsmen have to toil hard to keep up the scoring rate.

Weather forecast

Chances of rain are bizarrely high in the afternoon, with thunderstorms forecasted to make matters worse. Expect a slight delay due to wet outfield.

Teams

Probable XI for Bangladesh: Liton Das/Soumya Sarkar, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Shakib Al Hasan (c), Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mahmuduulah, Sabbir Rahman, Afif Hossain, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Shafiul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman

Probable XI for Afghanistan: Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Hazratullah Zazai, Asghar Afghan, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Shafiqullah Shafiq, Karim Janat, Rashid Khan (c), Naveen-ul-Haq, Mujeeb Ur Rahman

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My 11: Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Najibullah Zadran, Mahmudullah, Asghar Afghan, Hazratullah Zadran, Shakib Al Hasan (c), Mohammad Saifuddin (vc), Mohammad Nabi, Mustafizur Rahim, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Rashid Khan

Players to watch out for

This is Rahmanullah Gurbaz‘s maiden international series and he is already the joint-highest run-scorer. His 133 runs have come with an impressive strike rate of 134.34. In other news, he is only 17. Talk about the talents at Afghanistan’s disposal.

After a hat-trick of failure with the bat, Shakib Al Hasan finally made amends. Had it not been for his 70*, Bangladesh would have lost both their matches against Afghanistan in the series. With the ball, however, he has not been the wily fox he’s known for, having taking 4 wickets and conceding 7.43 RPO.

Mohammad Nabi has had two spectacular moments in the series: 4 consecutive sixes and 84*. Having one more in the final should seal the deal for Afghanistan.

Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Mohammad Saifuddin are the joint-highest wicket-takers (7) of the series. More importantly, they have given away runs at less than 6.5 RPO. Rashid Khan has taken a wicket fewer.

Match prediction

Afghanistan not only look more confident but also boast of a balanced side. On the other hand, Bangladesh have not been able to play as a cohesive unit, often struggling at crucial stages. We are in for a crackerjack of a finale.

Squads

Bangladesh: Shakib Al Hasan (C), Mushfiqur Rahim (WK), Mahmudullah, Sabbir Rahman, Mosaddek Hossain, Liton Das, Afif Hossain, Taijul Islam, Rubel Hossain, Shafiul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mohammad Naim Shaikh, Aminul Islam, Najmul Hossain

Afghanistan: Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Hazratullah Zazai, Najeeb Tarakai, Asghar Afghan, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan (c), Karim Janat, Fareed Malik, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Dawlat Zadran, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Shahidullah Kamal, Shafiqullah Shafiq, Fazal Niazai, Naveen-ul-Haq

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