Date & Time: Tuesday, September 24, 18:00 IST
Venue: Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka
It’s finals time!!
After 2 weeks of competitive T20 action, it all comes down to the final showdown between Bangladesh and Afghanistan. Bangladesh would want to correct it’s poor finals record whereas Afghanistan would want to show the world that they are a dominant force when it comes to T20 cricket.
Bangladesh will most likely be without the services of their batting all-rounder, Aminul Islam. Aminul, on debut, was hit on his finger by a forceful shot from Hamilton Masakadza. While he misses out, the head coach also reckoned that they will add another pace option to their 12-man squad, factoring in that the pacers caused trouble to the Afghanistan top order. In which case, Rubel Hossain may be named.
It is doubtful whether Rashid Khan would play for the summit clash for Afghanistan. In case he misses out, Sharafuddin Ashraf may play his first game of the series.
The curator has kept a shade of grass on the Shere Bangla National Stadium pitch for the final. In night games over the last two years, teams batting first and second have won twice each. There’s also the chance of a shower or two in Dhaka on Tuesday.
He is the top pure batsman today and he has a healthy PPM of 46 from 4 matches and has made it to the dream team twice. However, he is batting at #5 and hence he is to be avoided in scenarios where the BAN top order gets going.
He has disappointed with the ball, but his batting has been quite good. Given that the top order is failing, he is a must-have. He is a candidate for captaincy/ vice-captaincy in multiple teams.
He was due for a big score and boy! did he turn up when Bangladesh were in trouble in the previous encounter. His contributions with the ball and his ability to dominate games make him a must-have.
He is uncertainty in today’s game as he picked up a hamstring injury in the last game. But given the fact that he is Afghanistan’s skipper and the vital cog in their bowling lineup, he may even with injury setbacks. The World’s No. 1 T20 bowler is a must-have in case he plays today.
Saifuddin has been on a tear, with a PPM of 57.75 in this tour. He has been the pick of the bowlers this series and Bangladesh will be hoping he runs through the Afghan line up.
He along with Rashid have been the pick of Afghan bowlers. He has consistently picked wickets at the early stages and put the opposition under considerable pressure. We are counting on him to not disappoint today either.