About the Match
Bangladesh will host Afghanistan in a 3-match ODI series with the 1st ODI scheduled to be held at Dhaka on 25th September. Afghanistan has toured a lot this year and registered a successful campaign against Netherlands and Scotland but lost the ODI series against Ireland after a tough fight; they will be eager to put up a stiff challenge to the hosts here. Bangladesh on the other hand, is playing its first ODI series of the year and has brought in some fresh faces to take on the opponents. Both teams will be eager to start the series on a winning note; it needs to be seen which of them can keep a cool head above its shoulders to emerge victorious on Sunday.
The last ODI series they played was in November 2015 against Zimbabwe, which ended in a 3-0 series victory at home turf; the young team will yet again try to dominate and win against Afghanis. Mashrafe Mortaza will lead the side that consists of batsmen like Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim, Imrul Kayes, uncapped youngster Mosaddek Hossain and all-rounders like Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Sabbir Rahman and Soumya Sarkar.
The bowling department has fast-bowlers like Rubel Hossain, Mortaza, Shafiul Islam and Soumya Sarkar while spinners Shakib, Sabbir Rahman, Taijul Islam and Nasir Hossain can bring depth to the attack. The bowlers have proven themselves time and again in providing regular breakthroughs and they can definitely try to stun the visitors here on Sunday.
Overall, they are a well-balanced unit with plenty of all-rounders, in-form batsmen, and bowlers; with a good strategy and disciplined execution on the field, the hosts can do well to win the first match.
The team led by Asghar Stanikzai has risen to be a unit that the world has taken notice of due to their positive game and a winning attitude; although they lost the 5-match series against Ireland, the players demonstrated their firepower in all departments of the game, and can be a formidable force to reckon with. The batting line-up consists of opener Mohammad Shahzad, middle-order batsmen like Rahmat Shah, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Shabir Noori and the uncapped opener Ihsanullah, who scored 294 runs in 12 ODIs in the U-19 World Cup and also captained the team in that series.
Other debutants include all-rounders Karim Janat, who was the leading run-scorer with an average of 45.5 in the U-19 World Cup held in Bangladesh this year, and Naveen-ul-Haq, who also performed well in the campaign.
The famed spin contingent has Mohammad Nabi, who can provide quick wickets under crunch situations, Najibullah Zadran, Amir Hamza, Samiullah Shenwari, Rashid Khan and Nawroz Mangal. Fast-bowlers like Mirwais Ashraf, Dawlat Zadran, Stanikzai and Fareed Ahmad can prove to be ruthless when it comes to stifling the run-flow of the opposition.
While Bangladesh has the home advantage and experienced players in their squad, Afghanistan with its battery of spinners has been doing well this year. However, Bangladesh with their experience of international circuit and crowd support look better placed to win here