Date & Time: Saturday, September 21, 18:00 IST
Venue: Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chattogram, Bangladesh
In a fairly even series, what surprises will the dead rubber bring?
The following are the top 5 players (playing today) in terms of points scored in this series:
Mohammed Saifuddin – 200
Mohammed Nabi – 192
Mujeeb Ur Rahman – 174
Mahmadullah – 166
R Gurbaz – 163
So you have 1 WK, 1 AR who has scored most of runs with his batting, a fast bowler, a spinner, and a batsman. The new scoring system has effectively brought the bowlers to the forefront.
Both sides have qualified, but they will have very different priorities. Bangladesh still has a few questions to answer about it’s side, especially about their batting. Liton Das has often gotten off to decent starts, but he has been unable to convert them into anything big. Both Shakib and Mushfiqur have been rather pedestrain, and Shakib has unfortunately reverted back to his IPL form, at least as far as his batting is concerned.
As Aminul is unfit, Taijul will make his way back into the side. Saifuddin and Mustafizur will be counted on to take wickets.
Afghanistan suffered a pretty heavy loss yesterday, but they wouldn’t be too concerned yet. They might even continue to experiment. There will a lot of pressure on H Zazai to contribute, especially after getting off to a decent start yesterday.
We have seen it twice already, and given that there was a match yesterday; the might be a bit worn out and help the spinners. All said, we expect a balanced pitch with scores of 160 to 180 here.
He is the top pure batsman today and he has a healthy PPM of 55.33 from 3 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 exceptional. Given that the top order is failing, he is a must have. He is a candidate for captaincy/ vice-captaincy in multiple teams.
He is due for a big score and we hope he finally gets it in this match. However his contributions with the ball and his ability to dominate games, still makes him a must have.
We recommended that he be dropped, and boy has he proved us wrong. He has jumped to the third place in the points table and that is on the back of the last two matches. We are counting on him to not disappoint today either.
He has surprised us all with his batting this series. However, both his big scores have come against Zim. He got out for a duck in the last match against BAN. He is a big bet today and we recommend having him as a VC in 1 team.
He has gotten to decent starts at the top of the order, but failed to convert them into big ones. While we have him in many teams, he does not make it as a captain because of his recent performances.