Bangladesh vs Afghanistan 21 Sep 2019 6th t20 Match Prediction2019-09-22
Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chattogram, Bangladesh
An exciting encounter for the fans and the followers of both sides!
We predict that Afghanistan will defeat Bangladesh in this match!
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Though this is the dead rubber match, both the teams must be hoping to win here before meeting in the final again to gain a psychological advantage.
Afghans winning streak of 12 consecutive T20I wins was finally halted by Zimbabwe in the previous match. In this tournament, with 2 wins and 1 loss, they are at the top of the points table due to better net-run-rate compared to the hosts. Apart from the skipper Rashid Khan and the star player Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Asghar Afghan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman have been the key factors in Afghanistan’s success story.
Bangladesh needs to work hard and be clinical in executing the strategies if they want to change the outcome this time. Giving Nabi more time and balls have been disastrous for the opponents in the tournament. Bangladesh bowlers must look to remove Nabi early on as Zimbabwe did in the previous game to defeat Afghanistan.
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The hosts have played 3 matches so far in the series, and they won two of them and lost one. Both their wins came against Zimbabwe, and they still could not find a way to defeat Afghanistan.
In the first match of the tournament, Bangladesh defeated Zimbabwe by 3 wickets. The match was reduced to 18 overs per innings as the start of the match got delayed due to the wet outfield. Tight spells from Mosaddek Hossain (3 overs 10 for 1) and Mohammad Saifuddin (4 overs 26 for 1) helped the team to limit Zimbabwe under 150. Bangladesh’s top and middle-order batsmen crumbled early on, which had jeopardized the run-chase. However, their 7-number batsman Mosaddek Hossain (30 runs) and 8 number Afif Hossain (26 balls 52 runs) took the charge and took the team beyond the finishing line.
With effective bowling from Shakib Al Hasan (2 for 18) and Mohammad Saifuddin (4 for 33), the hosts had contained most of Afghanistan’s batsmen in their second game. They failed to repress Mohammad Nabi (84 off 54) and received the target of 165 runs. After the top-order debacle, Mahmudullah led the run-chase with his 39 balls 44, but lack of support from the fellow batsmen led to yet another loss at the hands of Afghanistan by 25 runs.
Batting first against Zimbabwe in the third game, Bangladesh posted the total of 175, thanks to Mahmudullah’s 41 balls 62, and Liton Das’ 22 balls 38. It was an unforgettable debut for Aminul Islam who picked up two wickets, including the scalp of Hamilton Masakadza and gave just 18 runs. Along with Aminul Islam, Saifuddin’s economical spell of 1 for 14 and Shafiul Islam’s 3 for 36 safely led the team to their second win over the visitors.
Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mahmudullah, Afif Hossain, Liton Das, Sabbir Rahman, Shakib Al Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman, Shafiul Islam, Mushfiqur Rahim, Nazmul Hossain
Afghanistan looks formidable as they face the hosts for this encounter just before the final. Afghanistan shares the same points as Bangladesh, but they have NRR of 0.802 against Bangladesh’s 0.356, which, for now, has placed the Afghans at the top.
In the first game of the tournament, Afghans scored whopping 197 runs despite a slow start. It was possible due seven sixes hit in seven balls, from overs 16.3 to 17.3, by Mohammad Nabi and Najibullah Zadran. Eventually, they won the match by 28 runs. Najibullah Zadran was awarded the player of the match for his remarkable innings of 69 runs in just 30 balls. Fareed Ahmad and Rashid Khan got two wickets each while Karim Janat and Gulbadin Naib bagged 1 wicket each.
Asghar Afghan’s 40 runs and Nabi’s sparkling innings of 54 balls 84 powered the team to 164 runs while batting first against Bangladesh in the second game. Mujeeb Ur Rahman was remarkable for is 4 for 15 while two-wickets each from Fareed Ahmad, Rashid Khan, and Nabi helped the team to earn their second win of the tournament and record 12th consecutive T20I win. The string of record wins was finally cut by Zimbabwe which gave Masakadza a fitting farewell as Afghanistan lost for the first time in 9 encounters with Zimbabwe. The team management decided to test the bench strength aiming at the World Cup next year, as Shafiqullah, Dawlat Zadran and Fazal Niazai (debut) got the place in the playing XI.
Batting first, Afghanistan lost the plot after Rahmanullah Gurbaz’s half-century as they went down from 106 for 1 in 12.5 overs to 155 for 8 in 20 overs. Mujeeb Ur Rahman’s 2 for 28 and Dawlat Zadran’s 1 for 27 was not enough as Afghanistan faced their first defeat in the tournament and the first after record 12 matches.
Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Karim Janat, Asghar Afghan, Gulbadin Naib, Naveen-ul-Haq, Hazratullah Zazai, Shafiqullah, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, N Zadran, Mohammad Nabi
No rain delays are expected, sunny and calm weather throughout the game.
The Venue for the match is Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chattogram. Out of 19 T20Is matches played here, the teams batting first have won 11 times, while 8 times the teams batting second have won. On this surface, the average first and second innings scores are 146 and 127 respectively. The highest score on this ground is 196/5 by South Africa against England. The highest total chased here is 196/4 by England against Sri Lanka, and the lowest total defended is 141. In this tournament, 3 matches are played here so far and 2 times the teams batting first have won. The surface is good for the batsman who is willing to spend some time.
Batting first looks a better option on this surface, hence it is recommended to bat first after winning the toss.
Afghanistan finally faced a defeat against Zimbabwe in the previous game which would have given some hope to the hosts, who are yet to beat Afghanistan in T20 format after March 2014. In the dead rubber match, both teams would want to try different combinations, aiming at the final and the ICC T20 World Cup 2020. Afghanistan has surely got a setback, but it has come at the right time and with lots of positives. In T20 format, Afghanistan look very strong team compared to Bangladesh and all the statistics favor them.
We predict that Afghanistan will defeat Bangladesh in this match!
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