Bangladesh play Afghanistan in the Asia Cup 2022 on Tuesday, August 30, at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium from 7:30 PM Indian Standard Time (IST).
The Shakib Al Hasan-led Bangladesh have struggled in T20I cricket in recent times and have only won one out of their last five matches in this format.
Bangladesh come into the Asia Cup having lost 2-1 to Zimbabwe in their last T20 series. Liton Das was the leading run-scorer for Bangladesh with 101 runs while Mosaddek Hossain picked seven wickets. Before losing to Zimbabwe, Bangladesh lost the T20I series against the West Indies 2-0.
On the other hand, Afghanistan have won three of their last five T20Is and have been far more consistent than Bangladesh in this format. Before coming into the Asia Cup, the Afghanistan cricket team beat Ireland 2-1 in a T20I series.
The Afghans beat Sri Lanka by eight wickets in their first game of the Asia Cup where Fazalhaq Farooqi picked three wickets with the ball while Rahmanullah Gurbaz scored 40 runs off 18 balls. Bangladesh are currently ninth in the ICC Men’s T20I Rankings while Afghanistan are 10th.
Bangladesh vs Afghanistan Asia Cup 2022 odds
Parimatch odds: Bangladesh: 1.92, Afghanistan: 1.88
Bet365 odds: Bangladesh: 1.80, Afghanistan: 2.00
Betwinner odds: Bangladesh: 1.81, Afghanistan: 1.92
10CRIC odds: Bangladesh: 1.79, Afghanistan: 2.00
Note: Odds are subject to change. Please visit betting sites to check and confirm the latest odds.
Bangladesh vs Afghanistan head-to-head in T20Is
Afghanistan hold an edge over Bangladesh having won five out of the nine T20Is played against each other. Bangladesh have only won three while one game was abandoned.
The last time these two teams played each other, Afghanistan beat Bangladesh by eight wickets. Azmattulah Omarzai was the top performer for the Afghans for his figures of 3 for 22 with the ball.
Afghanistan vs Afghanistan Asia Cup 2022 squads
Bangladesh: Shakib Al Hasan (captain), Anamul Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim (wicketkeeper), Afif Hossain, Mosaddek Hossain, Mahmudullah, Mahedi Hasan, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mustafizur Rahman, Nasum Ahmed, Sabbir Rahman, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taskin Ahmed, Ebadot Hossain, Parvez Hossain Emon, Mohammad Naim.
Afghanistan: Mohammad Nabi (captain), Najibullah Zadran, Afsar Zazai (wicketkeeper), Azmatullah Omarzai, Fareed Ahmad, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Hazratullah Zazai, Ibrahim Zadran, Karim Janat, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Naveen-ul-Haq, Noor Ahmad, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wicketkeeper), Rashid Khan, Samiullah Shinwari.
Bangladesh vs Afghanistan probable playing XI
Bangladesh: Mohammad Naim, Sabbir Rahman, Anamul Haque, Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan (captain), Mushfiqur Rahim (wicketkeeper), Mehidy Hasan, Mosaddek Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed, Ebadot Hossain
Afghanistan: Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wicketkeeper), Hashmatullah Shahidi, Ibrahim Zadran, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi (captain), Rashid Khan, Azmatullah Omarzai, Naveen-Ul-Haq, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
Bangladesh vs Afghanistan Asia Cup 2022 combined fantasy XI
Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wicketkeeper), Mehidy Hasan, Rashid Khan, Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed Fazalhaq Farooq, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Afghanistan top picks vs Bangladesh Asia Cup 2022
Rashid Khan: The 23-year-old spinner will be the one to watch out for in the upcoming fixture. Having picked 112 wickets in T20Is, Khan has been one of the biggest reasons behind the success of Afghanistan in recent times. Rashid Khan has also starred with the bat, scoring 229 runs at a strike rate of 124.45. The leg spinner is fifth on the ICC Men’s T20I Bowling Rankings.
Fazalhaq Farooqi: The left-arm pacer bowled a match-winning spell of 3 for 11 in the first game against Sri Lanka and will once again hold the key against Bangladesh. The 21-year-old has picked 15 wickets in 10 T20Is at an economy of 5.70.
Bangladesh top picks vs Afghanistan Asia Cup 2022
Mushfiqur Rahim: The wicketkeeper batter has been an integral part of the Bangladesh setup for more than a decade now. Rahim has amassed 1,495 runs in this format at a strike rate of 115.44. The 35-year-old has scored 149 runs against Afghanistan in seven T20Is and has a top score of 46.
Shakib Al Hasan: The southpaw will be seen leading the Bangladesh cricket team in the Asia Cup. As an all-rounder, Shakib has been prolific for Bangladesh over the years and will play an important role in the Asia Cup. The 35-year-old has scored 2,010 runs at an average of 23.10 in this format and has also picked 112 wickets. The upcoming game against Afghanistan will also be Shakib Al Hasan’s 100th game for Bangladesh in T20Is.
Bangladesh vs Afghanistan Asia Cup 2022 prediction
Bangladesh have a more experienced side and will have a slight edge going into game against Afghanistan.
On the other hand, Afghanistan have better record against Bangladesh in this format and are surely going to give Shakib Al Hasan’s team a tough fight.
Bangladesh vs Afghanistan Asia Cup 2022 playing conditions and weather report
Maximum Temperature: 32°C
Wind: 24 km/h
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