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The cricketing world is so proud of Afghanistan, and it’s beautiful to see. A source of respite to their fellow citizens who go through all kinds of things each day, the Afghanistan cricket team have given reason to smile. Their progression in international cricket has been spectacular.

Led by a superb spin attack, they have simply been too good for a team more established than them. Both T20Is have been super one-sided, and if Afghanistan can develop a ruthless mentality in this kind of situation, it will only help progress their development even further.

What can I say about Bangladesh? As a big Bangladesh cricket fan of over 12 years myself, I am concerned for what the future holds for their cricket. Their bowling attack continues to underwhelm, and when facing good spin or seam bowling, their batsmen don’t often seem to have the stomach for the fight. When cricketers burst onto the international scene, they often quickly fade away, and are forgotten.

I will explore Bangladesh’s struggles in a little further detail in a separate piece in the next day or two, but can they at least salvage some pride here? The evidence so far suggests not.

Key to an Afghanistan win

Before the series, all the talk was about Afghanistan’s spinners. Oh how they’ve delivered.

Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman have combined for 12/100 off 23 overs, completely dismantling the Bangladesh line up. Only on one occasion has a bowler not taken a wicket in the innings for Afghanistan this series (Mujeeb took 0/15 off 4 overs, going for just 3.75 an over in the 2nd T20I).

The key will be spinners choking Bangladesh once again, in addition to some strong power hitting from the top and middle order.

Afghanistan are on fire!

Key to a Bangladesh win

Bangladesh are a mess, and the blame game is being played. BCB President Nazmul Hassan has criticised Shakib Al Hasan and Bangladesh’s senior players for not displaying proper leadership in the absence of a coach. My question is – why the hell has it taken eight months to find a coach, and why is no accountability being taken?
Bangladesh look like a team of individuals at the moment, and the only way they can salvage a whitewash is if they display a collaborative effort. Shakib Al Hasan needs to go back to number three and own the innings, as do Bangladesh’s experienced players, including Tamim Iqbal who batted 48 balls for 43 on Tuesday. Partnerships with both bat and ball is key.
A tough ask awaits, but they simply need to restore some pride.

Predicted teams

Afghanistan are in a position to give other players a chance, if they wish.
Afghanistan possible XI: 1. Mohammad Shahzad (wk), 2. Usman Ghani, 3. Asghar Stanikzai (c), 4. Najibullah Zadran, 5. Mohammad Nabi, 6. Samiullah Shenwari, 7. Shafiqullah, 8. Rashid Khan, 9. Karim Janat, 10. Mujeeb Ur Rahman, 11. Shapoor Zadran
Your guess is as good as mine when it comes to the make up of the Bangladesh team. One thing is for sure, though – their lack of T20 know-how has been ruthlessly exposed.
Bangladesh possible XI: 1. Tamim Iqbal, 2. Liton Das, 3. Shakib Al Hasan (c), 4. Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 5. Mahmudullah, 6. Sabbir Rahman, 7. Soumya Sarkar, 8. Mehidy Hasan, 9 Abu Hider, 10. Rubel Hossain, 11. Nazmul Hossain

Stats and Facts:

  • If Afghanistan win this match, all their wins against Test opposition in T20Is would have been clean sweeps (3 v ZIM, 1 v BAN).
  • Rashid Khan’s economy rate and bowling average are identical this series (3.57).
  • Shakib Al Hasan still needs one wicket to reach the double of 10,000 runs and 500 wickets in international cricket. Shahid Afridi and Jacques Kallis are the others to achieve this feat.

Prediction:

Anything other than an Afghanistan win would be a surprise. Afghanistan to win and make it 3-0. They look the far better T20 side in these conditions.

Charbel Coorey
Charbel Cooreyhttps://cricblog.net
Charbel is the owner & founder of cricblog.net, based in Sydney, Australia. He started the website to fulfill his love for the game of cricket. Charbel has been featured on other publications including OP India, Times of India, and The Roar, among others. He is also a keen fantasy sports player. Charbel has also had the privilege of interviewing cricketers on the CricBlog TV YouTube channel, including James Neesham, Rassie van der Dussen, Andrew Tye, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat and Saurabh Netravalkar: https://www.youtube.com/@cricblogtv For any story tips or questions, you can contact Charbel at charbelcoorey@cricblog.net.

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