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BAN vs AFG, 1st ODI – Fantasy Preview and Top Picks

Match: Bangladesh vs Afghanistan, (BAN vs AFG, 1st ODI)

Date: February 23, 2022 – 10:30 AM IST

Venue: Zahur Ahmed Chowdhary Stadium, Chattogram

Where and what time to watch the match live in India 

Viewers in India can tune in to Fancode to watch the 1st ODI between Bangladesh and Afghanistan. The action begins at 10.30 am IST. 

Bangladesh vs Afghanistan, 1st ODI: 

The Bangla Tigers were not having the best of time entering the fag end of 2021, but an unprecedented Test victory against New Zealand away from home proved to be a major confidence booster. However, it is also worth noting that their overall cricket has not been top notch for a while now. 

Bangladesh lost all three T20Is to Pakistan before losing the 2 Tests the last time they hosted a bilateral. They played just two ODI series in 2021, winning both of them against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. This will be their first limited overs assignment of 2022.  

Afghanistan, on the other hand, are coming into this contest with great confidence, having thrashed Netherlands comprehensively last month. They have won their last 6 ODI games, their longest-ever winning streak in this format but to make it 7 against the hosts in these conditions will be a pretty difficult task. 

Pitch Report and Weather Forecast for BAN vs AFG, 4th ODI

Spinners have held a major advantage on this ground over the last few years and the recently concluded Bangladesh Premier League has witnessed some high-scoring games here. Conditions for batting could be fantastic in the early hours of the game and it could make the toss a very crucial factor. 

The temperatures in Chattogram will remain very pleasant on Wednesday for a game of cricket, ranging from 20-27 degrees during the game time. The weather forecasts suggest there is no chance of rain gods intervening the game. 

Bangladesh – Expected XI and Team News 

Bangladesh are set to line up a very familiar XI, which will see their experienced trio of Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim take up crucial positions in the top order. The onus of delivering a match-winning performance might fall upon the shoulders of the spinners Afif Hossain and Mehidy Hasan Miraz, and Mustafizur Rahman with his cutters can be very lethal as well. 

Probable XI – Liton Das(wk), Tamim Iqbal(c), Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Mahmudullah, Afif Hossain, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Shoriful Islam, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman

Afghanistan – Expected XI and Team News 

Afghanistan do have capable batters, but consistency has always been a major issue. They will require a decent contribution from Rahmanullah Gurbaz and skipper Hashmatullah Shahidi in the top order. The spin trio of Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi and Mujeeb Ur Rahman will relish bowling on these slow conditions. 

Probable XI – Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Riaz Hassan, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Gulbadin Naib, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Yamin Ahmadzai, Fareed Ahmad

Head to head record of BAN vs AFG

This will be just the second bilateral meeting between the sides in this format. Bangladesh won the last time that happened, taking the series 2-1 in home conditions. 

Matches Played – 8

Bangladesh – 5 

Afghanistan – 3 

1st ODI: Five players to watch out for in the BAN vs AFG match

Here we take a look at five key players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI: 

Rashid Khan: Bowler, Afghanistan 

An absolute wizard with the ball in hand, Rashid Khan is proving himself to be a very handy contributor with the bat as well. His record speaks for his unreal ability, having picked up nearly twice as many wickets as the matches he played. In 77 ODIs, he has picked up 146 wickets, and also has over 1,000 runs to his credit. He can be in your fantasy team at 9.5 credits. 

Shakib Al Hasan: All-rounder, Bangladesh

All-rounders of Shakib Al Hasan aren’t available in great number. He had a brilliant run of form with the bat in the Bangladesh Premier League, and also picked up 16 wickets in 11 outings. He is a worthwhile presence in your fantasy setup and is fairly valued at 10 credit points to be a part of your team. 

Mehidy Hasan Miraz: All-rounder, Bangladesh

Another brilliant spinner who can be a match-winner on his day, Mehidy Hasan Miraz thrives in home conditions and will pose a massive challenge for the Afghans. With 55 wickets in 52 ODIs at an economy under 4.5, Mehidy Hasan makes a strong case for himself to be a part of any fantasy unit, and is priced at 8.5 credit points. He can chip in with good contributions with the bat as well. 

Mustafizur Rahman: Bowler, Bangladesh

The 26-year-old left-arm pacer is one of their leading cricketers right now and the experience of playing around the world in T20 cricket is only making him better. He has 127 wickets in 68 ODI games and finished as the highest wicket-taker in the BPL, helping Comilla win the title. He is a bargain pick at 9 credit points. 

Rahmanullah Gurbaz: Keeper-Batter, Afghanistan

The 20-year-old is off to a solid start in his ODI career, having smashed two centuries in just the six games he played. He seems a very promising prospect in the top order for Afghanistan to nurture, and will be keen on making this opportunity count. He got some good starts in the PSL playing for Islamabad United, but couldn’t capitalize on it. However, at 8.5 credit points, he is a valuable addition to your fantasy unit.  

MPL Fantasy XI 

Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams. 

Also read: Most Sixes in International Cricket: Which Player Holds the Record?

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