Date & Time: Sunday, September 15, 18:00 IST
Venue: Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Will Bangladesh get its much needed revenge?
In the third and hotly anticipated match of the tournament, Bangladesh take on Afghanistan at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Sunday. Bangladesh would be keen to show that the test loss was an aberration. However, they barely managed to eke out a win against ZIM. Afghanistan on the other hand, had a rather emphatic win and will be riding high on confidence.
The Bangladesh selectors have made their intentions clear that they will give their younger players a chance this series. However, they might not risk adding a new player in a match where there is so much at stake. So largely we are expecting the teams to be unchanged.
The pitch is likely to wear out a bit and the chances of rain make it a slightly difficult surface to bat on. Once again, we expect a balanced score of about 160 – 180 from either team.
One of Bangaldesh’s most experienced batsmen, Mushfiqur is on a poor stretch of form. That was why he was seen practicing in the warm match against Zimbawbe as part of BCB XI. As someone who wears his heart on his sleeve, Mushfiqur will be desperate to avenge the test loss. That makes him a must have, despite his poor form.
One of the most consistent batsmen, he scored 98 points in the last game. He will be keen to exploit the promotion up the order and his contributions with the bat will be critical. His PPM in the last 5 games is 40.4 and his MDTA of 1.67 is nothing to sneeze at. He also has a PPM of 61 in T20Is in Bangladesh.
There is really nothing new to add about Nabi. An explosive batsman, a wicket taking bowler, Nabi is typically a must have whenever Afghanistan plays. Even though he is not in great form (MDTA of 1.67 in the last 5 match vs 1.3 in T20Is), he still averages a PPM of 45.6. If that is not a must have player, we don’t know what is.
Not only is he one of the best batsmen, but he is also one of the top bowlers in the game. Even given his terrible form of late, he is a must have.
A promising prospect, Gurbaz scored 76 points in the last game. He has had a few good knocks of late, but he is not really consistent (MDTA of 2). His ability to hit big makes him an X-factor in today’s Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Contents.
Atif’s blistering knock, which resulted in 74 points, rescued Bangladesh from what would have been another humiliating defeat to ZIM. He has done well in the recent domestic league and he might again be crucial if the top order fails in the Bangladesh T20I Trination Series contest.
The new captain is one of the most economical bowlers out there, with an EECO (Effective Economy Rate against Oppostion – Bangladesh in this case) of 4.04. He has a poor PPM of 28.6 in the last 5 matches, and that is because almost no one dares to score in his overs and are content to just defend. If the pressure mounts from the other side also, then he is capable of wreaking havoc in the opposition. So we recommend having Rashid as a captain in at least 1 team and having him in not more than 3 teams.
Mujeeb just has 3 wickets in his last 5 games. Granted some of these were in England, but even the eye test says he has been bowling very poorly. If he does turn it around in this game, we will be quite surprised.
Soumya sarkar is an explosive batsman at the top of the order. But he has just been in such a terrible form, a PPM of just 17 in the last 5 matches with 0 DTAs to his name. So he does not make it to our list of captains in the game.
Naib has also been unfortunately terrible of late, with a PPM of 11.2 and 0 DTAs in the last 5 matches. So he is a safe omission from most teams.