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BAN vs AFG, 1st ODI Match Preview and Fantasy Prediction

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                       Afghanistan tour of Bangladesh 2023

                                                                      BAN vs AFG, 1st ODI



Preview
 

In what promises to be a thrilling contest, Bangladesh and Afghanistan are geared up to face each other in the first game of their highly anticipated three-match ODI series on Wednesday, July 5. The action will unfold at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram, Bangladesh 

Bangladesh, led by Tamim Iqbal, is looking to make a strong comeback after the skipper's absence from the game due to injuries, which also impacted his form with the bat. However, the Bangla Tigers have received a significant boost with the return of the dynamic all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who missed the last Test due to a finger injury.

A key player to watch out for in the Bangladeshi lineup is Afif Hossain Dhrubo, who has made his comeback to the national team and will be eager to prove himself once again. Another standout performer for Bangladesh is Najmul Hossain Shanto, who has experienced a remarkable resurgence in his career over the last 12 months and even emerged as a strong contender for the Player of the Month award.

The team's fortunes will also heavily rely on the growth of Mehidy Hasan Miraz as a dependable all-rounder. His performances with both bat and ball have been exceptional, and much will hinge on his contributions during the series. Furthermore, the pace battery of Bangladesh has shown remarkable improvement and has been a force to reckon with in recent times, adding another layer of excitement to the upcoming matches.

Meanwhile, Afghanistan enters the series with high hopes, boasting the return of their star players Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman, who were absent during the only Test. Their presence is set to add immense value to the team, especially considering their reputation as potent match-winners.

Ibrahim Zadran, who showcased his brilliance in the ODI series against Sri Lanka, will be a crucial figure in Afghanistan's batting lineup. His form will be pivotal in steering the team towards a competitive total against a strong Bangladeshi bowling attack. Another player to watch out for is left-arm pacer Fazalhaq Farooqi, who has troubled the Bangladeshi batters in the past and is likely to be a key weapon in Afghanistan's bowling arsenal.

The clash between these two formidable teams promises to be a riveting battle, with both sides possessing an array of talented players who can turn the game in their favour. Fans can expect a display of skill, passion, and fierce competitiveness as Bangladesh and Afghanistan vie for supremacy in the three-match ODI series. Cricket enthusiasts worldwide eagerly await this thrilling encounter at the picturesque Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.

 

Match Details

Match: BAN vs AFG, 1st ODI, Afghanistan tour of Bangladesh, 2023
Date: Wednesday, July 05, 2023
Time: 1:30 PM
Venue: Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chattogram


Pitch and Weather Report

In Chattogram, the pitch has consistently favoured spinners over the years, making it a crucial factor to consider for teams. Typically, competitive scores hover around 260, which places significant importance on team strategies. Opting to field first after winning the toss can be a wise approach, given the pitch conditions and the potential assistance it offers to spin bowlers. However, the weather forecast might play a decisive role in the match. With approximately 34 percent chances of rain throughout the duration of the game, delays are a possibility. As a result, teams must stay prepared to adjust their game plans and remain adaptable to any interruptions caused by the weather.

Additionally, the players will have to endure relatively high temperatures, around the 33-degree Celsius mark. Managing their fitness and hydration will be crucial to maintain peak performance and avoid heat-related issues on the field.

 

BAN vs AFG Squads

BAN: Tamim Iqbal (c), Litton Das (wk), Najmul Hossain Shanto, Towhid Hridoy, Mohammad Naim, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Afif Hossain, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taijul Islam, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Ebadot Hossain, Hasan Mahmud, Shoriful Islam

AFG: Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Ibrahim Zadran, Riaz Hassan, Najibullah Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Shahidullah Kamal, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Azmatullah Omarzai, Ikram Alikhil, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Zia-ur-Rehman, Wafadar Momand, Sayed Shirzad, Abdul Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Mohammad Saleem Safi


BAN vs AFG Probable Playing XIs

BAN: Tamim Iqbal (C), Litton Das, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mushfiqur Rahim (WK), Shakib Al Hasan, Towhid Hridoy, Afif Hossain Dhrubo, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Hasan Mahmud, Taskin Ahmed, and Mustafizur Rahman.

AFG: Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi (C), Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Azmatullah Omarzai, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi, and Sayed Shirzad/Zia-ur-Rehman.


Match Prediction

Bangladesh has consistently proven to be a formidable team to contend with in their home conditions. As they approach the upcoming match, they rightfully assume the role of favourites. Nevertheless, it's crucial to acknowledge that the Afghan team should not be underestimated; they are far from being pushovers. The stage is set for an exciting clash between these two cricketing nations, and fans can expect a thrilling encounter on the field. We predict the hosts to win this encounter. 


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