BAN vs AFG Match Preview

Bangladesh possesses a formidable batting lineup and will rely on it to perform admirably against the spin-dominated Afghan bowling attack. Najmul Hossain Shanto, who exhibited exceptional form during the Asia Cup, will assume the role of the key batsman for Bangladesh as he partners with Litton Das to open the batting.

Towhid Hridoy has emerged as a dependable middle-order batsman, while Mushfiqur Rahim brings a wealth of experience in the lower order. Bangladesh boasts two exceptional all-rounders in the form of Shakib Al-Hasan and Mehidy Hasan Miraz, both of whom possess the ability to make significant contributions in all facets of the game.

They will likely be accompanied by Mahmudullah in the spin department. Shoriful Islam and Taskin Ahmed have displayed impressive form with the ball and will join forces with Mustafizur Rahman in the seam bowling department, while Hasan Mahmud may also secure a position in the team as the fourth seamer.

In this match, the talismanic Rashid Khan will serve as the key bowler for the team. Khan has demonstrated exceptional form in the Indian Premier League over the years and possesses a thorough understanding of the conditions in India. Joining him in the spin attack will be Mohammad Nabi and Mujeeb Ur Rahman.

Historically, Afghanistan has struggled with their batting, but the opening pair of Ibrahim Zadran and Rahmanullah Gurbaz has recently exhibited excellent form and will aim to provide the team with a strong start. Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, and Najibullah Zadran will comprise the middle order. While their form has not been the most consistent, they will need to score runs in this match.

The seam attack is another area of weakness for Afghanistan, as they lack experienced pace bowlers. Fazalhaq Farooqi is the most seasoned campaigner with 27 ODIs, while Abdul Rahman and Naveen Ul-Haq will play a supporting role.


Weather Report

The weather is expected to be clear with plenty of sunshine and a maximum temperature of 26 degrees. 

Pitch Report

The pitch at Dharamsala isn’t the easiest to bat on and has seen an average first-inning score of just around 210. The seamers can expect some help early on in the match and the ball does swing a bit. However, once the batsmen settle down, they can play their natural game.

The spinners will find turn in the second half as the pitch roughens up.

Notable stats

Shakib and World Cups: Repeat of 2019?

Shakib Al-Hasan had an excellent outing in the 2019 World Cup. He scored 606 runs in 8 innings and also picked up 11 wickets, becoming the only player to score over 500 runs and pick over 10 wickets in an ICC event.

Team News

There are no updates regarding injuries from either side. 


BAN vs AFG Probable 11

BAN Playing 11

  • Mehidy Hasan Miraz
  • Litton Das
  • Najmul Hossain Shanto
  • Towhid Hridoy
  • Shakib Al-Hasan (C)
  • Mushfiqur Rahim (Wk)
  • Mahmudullah
  • Taskin Ahmed
  • Shoriful Islam
  • Mustafizur Rahman
  • Hasan Mahmud

AFG Playing 11

  • Rahmanullah Gurbaz (Wk)
  • Ibrahim Zadran
  • Najibullah Zadran
  • Rahmat Shah
  • Hashmatullah Shahidi (C)
  • Mohammad Nabi
  • Rashid Khan
  • Naveen Ul-Haq
  • Mujeeb Ur Rahman
  • Fazalhaq Farooqi
  • Azmatullah Omarzai
This is not the official playing 11 for the match. This is a prediction of the expected playing 11 for each team based on the writers analysis.

Dream11 Prediction

We are backing Bangladesh to win this match. They enjoy a good record against Afghanistan and have never been defeated by them in an ODI World Cup. Bangladesh has a well-balanced team with plenty of experienced campaigners, while Afghanistan has more often than not cracked under pressure. 


Top Picks

Taskin Ahmed: Taskin Ahmed has a good record against Afghanistan. He has picked up 19 wickets against them at an average of 18.84 and a strike rate of 23.74.

Mehidy Hasan Miraz: Mehidy Hasan has emerged as a reliable all-rounder for Bangladesh. He has scored 1046 runs at a strike rate of 78.00 and also picked up 91 wickets.

Ibrahim Zadran: Ibrahim Zadran has scored 911 runs at an average of 53.58. He has scored 4 half-centuries and 4 centuries in his 19 innings. 


BAN vs AFG Dream11 Team 1

Keeper: R Gurbaz

Batters: I Zadran, N Hossain-Shanto, R Shah, T Hridoy

All-rounders: S Al Hasan (C), M Nabi, M Hasan Miraz (VC)

Bowlers: Rashid-Khan, T Ahmed, S Islam

BAN vs AFG Dream11 Prediction - OCB Team Prediction