|MATCHES WON BATTING FIRST
|MATCHES WON BOWLING FIRST
|AVG 1ST INNINGS SCORE
|AVG 2ND INNINGS SCORE
|HIGHEST TOTAL RECORDED
|LOWEST TOTAL RECORDED
|HIGHEST SCORE CHASED
|LOWEST SCORE DEFENDED||142/7|
|Shakib Al Hasan (c)
Mehidy Hasan Miraz
Parvez Hossain Emon
|Mohammad Nabi (c)
Farid Ahmad Malik
Mujeeb ur Rahman
Naveen ul Haq
Standby: Nijat Masood
The 3rd match of Group B Asia Cup 2022 will take place between Afghanistan and Bangladesh on 30th August at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. Afghanistan will be charged up to play the game here in Sharjah. Afghanistan scored 215 at this venue which is still the highest T20 score in Sharjah.
Players like Mohammed Nabi and Rashid Khan, who are around Afghanistan men’s cricket team for quite some time now have built a strong nucleus. Youngsters have started to flourish around the strong core that the experienced guys have created for them.
Bangladesh made several changes in their squad especially after the performance in their last T20 World Championship in 2021. Shakib Al Hasan is appointed the skipper of the side who will be accompanied by experienced campaigners like Mustafizur Rahman, Mushfiqur Rahim, and Mahamudullah. The team that wins the game will have an advantage in the league stage and eventually in the points table.
First of all, this is a close game. Both sides are well-balanced and have some great match-winners. Bangladesh kept the core team intact with Shakib, Mushfiqur, Mustafizur, and Mahmudullah. Ebadat Hossain had a dream series against the Kiwis in New Zealand. Although it was a bilateral test series, he will fetch confidence from his stellar performance abroad.
Afghanistan has some players who have been an integral part of various international T20 leagues. Rashid Khan is undoubtedly the best leggy and currently ranked 4th in the ICC list of the top 10 T20 bowlers. He was also the vice-captain of Gujarat Lions, the winner of the last IPL. Mohammed Nabi and Mujeeb ur Rahman have also taken part in different T20 leagues. This will give Afghanistan a definite edge over Bangladesh.
So far, Bangladesh faced Afghanistan in 8 T20 matches. Out of these 8 matches, Bangladesh managed to win 3 games whereas Afghanistan came out triumphant on 5 occasions. If the recent form is taken into consideration, Afghanistan has played more consistently than Bangladesh. Their key players have delivered in various high-voltage matches.
Bangladesh has a side that is struggling to click as a unit. They have great bowlers, particularly Mustafizur’s off-cutters are still as deceptive as they were years ago. Whichever side wins this game will gain momentum that will help in the far end of the league stage.
Shakib Al Hasan (c), Anamul Haque, Sabbir Rahman, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mahmudullah, Mohammad Saifuddin, Afif Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Mahedi Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Ebadot Hossain
Mohammad Nabi (c), Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Afsar Zazai, Hazratullah Zazai, Najibullah Zadran, Ibrahim Zadran, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Farid Ahmad Malik, Naveen ul Haq
Sharjah International Cricket Ground offers you a pitch typical to the subcontinent turfs. However, this is a smaller ground in comparison to the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. One can expect a lot of boundaries in this game. The pitch is flat and batter-friendly. As per stats, the average first-innings total has been 150 in Sharjah. Wrist spinners have enjoyed decent success at this venue. Therefore, it shouldn’t be a surprise that all eyes will be on Rashid Khan.
Sharjah is famous for the unforgettable ‘desert storm’ by Sachin Tendulkar. However, the cricket ground in Sharjah has hosted only a few international T20 matches over time. Since Sharjah served as their "home" venue for a while, Afghanistan has played the most T20I games there. Bangladesh played only 2 matches at Sharjah and lost both of them.
Analyzing past performances and current standings, Afghanistan appears to be the stronger contender to win this match. However, the side who wins the toss will clearly be in a favourable position on the match day.
The 3rd match of the Asia Cup between Bangladesh and Afghanistan is set to be a night match that begins at 7.30 pm IST and thus, dew is going to be a big factor. Ideally, the side that wins the toss will choose to chase. Bowlers will have some early swing and bounce during the match. However, chasing will be a suitable choice for the captain winning the toss.
According to our experts, the team bowling first will win this encounter. Lay Bangladesh at 55-65 paise. So far in the Asia Cup 2022, the team bowling first has won the game. Laga Khai’s Pros suggest that it’s better to Back the team bowling first in this Asia Cup. Sign up on India’s favourite match tips app, Lagai Khai Pro, bet on Cricket Matches for free and Win latest gadgets, smartphones, and LK Diamonds, which you can use to purchase accurate tips. Download the Lagai Khai Pro app now and #GetSetBet for FREE. Invite your friends on Lagai Khai Pro to join the My Clubs mode and run your own exchange.