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BAN vs AFG, 3rd Match, Asia Cup 2022 – Fantasy Preview and Top Picks

Match: Bangladesh vs Afghanistan, (BAN vs AFG, 3rd Match, Group B)

Date: August 30, 2022 – 7:30 PM IST

Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium

The third match of Asia Cup 2022 will witness Afghanistan and Bangladesh going head to head in a Group B fixture. The two teams will face off at Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Tuesday, August 30.

Bangladesh had an awful campaign in the world cup last year, losing all five group matches. Their fortunes haven’t changed after that either. They have played 11 T20Is since then and have lost eight of those, winning only two.

Bangladesh faced Afghanistan in March this year, where they tied the series 1-1. They later toured the West Indies, losing the three-match series by 2-0. Recently, Bangladesh visited Zimbabwe where they lost by 2-1. They will need to shake off the poor form in the Asia Cup and with the World Cup approaching fast.

Afghanistan began their Asia Cup campaign with a 10-wicket ambush against Sri Lanka at Dubai. Fazalhaq Farooqi set the tone with back to back wickets in the very first over. Mujeeb Ur Rahman then snared 2 for 24 while Mohammad Nabi picked 2 for 14 in four overs.

Farooqi finished with 3 for 11 as they dismantled Sri Lanka for just 105. Rahmanullah Gurbaz then blasted 40 off 17 as he added 83 runs in the powerplay. Hazratullah Zazai remained unbeaten on 35 off 27 as they chased down the target in 10.1 overs.

Pitch Report and Weather Forecast for BAN vs AFG, 3rd Match

Sharjah Cricket Stadium is known for its short size but batting can be difficult here when the pitches are tricky. The average first innings score from 21 T20 matches played at the venue last year reads 144. The number in the last WC read 150 from 11 games.

The weather in Sharjah should be clear and hot on Tuesday evening with no threat of rain. The temperature will be high, around 32°C. 

Bangladesh – Expected XI and Team News

Bangladesh will be without Liton Das in the tournament. Mohammad Naim, Anamul Haque and Najmul Hossain Shanto could be fighting for the opening spots. Mushfiqur Rahim is back in the side along with Shakib and Mahmudullah. In the bowling attack, Mohammad Saifuddin and Nasum Ahmed could be vying for one spot.

Probable XI – Mohammad Naim, Anamul Haque (wk), Shakib Al Hasan (c), Mushfiqur Rahim, Afif Hossain, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mahedi Hasan, Mohammad Saifuddin/Nasum Ahmed, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman

Afghanistan – Expected XI and Team News

Afghanistan’s playing XI was on the expected lines in their first game. Fazalhaq Farooqi was fully fit and came into the side. Usman Ghani couldn’t keep his place, with Karim Janat prefered over. Hazratullah Zazai edged Hashmatullah Shahidi for the opening spot.

Probable XI – Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Hazratullah Zazai, Ibrahim Zadran, Najibullah Zadran, Karim Janat, Mohammad Nabi (c), Azmatullah Omarzai, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Naveen-ul-Haq, Fazalhaq Farooqi

Head to head record of BAN vs AFG

Total Encounters – 8

Bangladesh won – 3

Afghanistan – 5

Afghanistan lead the last five encounters by 3-2.

3rd Match: 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:

Shakib Al Hasan: All-rounder, Bangladesh

Shakib Al Hasan has been a key player for Bangladesh for a decade and a half. He has scored 2010 runs in international T20s at an average of 23 while striking at 121, including 10 fifties. The left arm spinner also has 121 wickets at an economy of 6.69 with six four-fors.

Rahmanullah Gurbaz: Wicketkeeper Batter, Afghanistan

Rahmanullah Gurbaz was at his best in the tournament opener, smashing 40 in just 17 balls. The 20yr old has good numbers in T20 cricket, scoring over 2100 runs in 86 matches at an average of 26 while striking at an excellent 154. Gurbaz has one hundred and 13 fifties in the format.

Mustafizur Rahman: Bowler, Bangladesh

Mustafizur Rahman is coming off an excellent spell of 4 for 17 in the third ODI against Zimbabwe. The left arm pacer has a terrific record in T20 internationals, having picked 91 wickets in just 69 matches at an economy of 7.69 and strike rate of 16. The Fizz has four four-plus wicket hauls. 

Rashid Khan: Bowler, Afghanistan

Rashid Khan has six wickets in the last four games and he had smashed 31* off 10 in the last innings he batted in. He had recently picked 3 for 25 in the Hundred and conceded just 12 runs in four overs against Sri Lanka. Rashid has 472 wickets in T20 cricket at an economy of 6.39.

Fazalhaq Farooqi: Bowler, Afghanistan

Fazalhaq Farooqi was sensational in the last game, bagging 3 for 11 in his 3.4 overs. The 21yr old left arm pacer has done well in his short T20I career, picking 15 wickets in 10 matches at an economy of 5.70 and strike rate of 15. Earlier this month, Farooqi had picked 2 for 11 against Ireland before getting injured.

MPL Fantasy XI

Where and what time to watch the match live in India

Star Sports Network will telecast the Asia Cup live in India. You can also watch the action live on the online streaming platform Disney+ Hotstar. Catch the Bangladesh vs Afghanistan men’s clash at 7:30 PM IST on Tuesday.

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.

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