Afghanistan's relationship with T20 cricket is different. Afghans have been dominating this format. On the other hand, Bangladesh’s relationship is completely opposite. Finally, the knot has opened, and Tigers have won the latest series against Afghanistan. And it is the fourth consecutive T20I series win for Bangladesh. After first defeating the world champions England, then Ireland, Bangladesh won the T20 series for the first time against the Afghans. Bangladesh reached the target of 119 runs given by Afghans with 5 balls remaining in the match, which was reduced to 17 overs due to rain. Afghanistan’s Overall Performance In the first T20I match against Bangladesh, Afghanistan opted to bat and aimed for a target of around 150 runs. Hazratullah Zazai and Rahmanullah Gurbaz opened the innings but had a slow start. However, they managed to overcome the Bangladeshi bowlers in the second over. Zazai was dismissed for 8 runs, followed by Rahmanullah for 16 runs. Ibrahim Zadran and Karim Janat tried to stabilise the innings but couldn’t form a significant partnership. Nabi and Najibullah contributed 35 runs together, but their partnership was broken. Mohammad Nabi played a remarkable innings, scoring 54 runs, helping Afghanistan reach a total of 154 runs. In the bowling department, Afghanistan used seven bowlers, all of whom managed to take wickets except for Mohammad Nabi. Mujeeb, Rashid, Azmatullah, Farooqi, and Fareed took one wicket each, and Karim Janat achieved a hat-trick. In the second T20I match, Afghanistan’s batting performance was challenging due to losing early wickets. Rahmanullah Gurbaz hit a boundary but got out for 8 runs in the first over. Hazratullah Zazai also fell quickly in the third over. After a rain-related delay, Mustafizur dismissed Mohammad Nabi, while Shakib sent Ibrahim Zadran and Najibullah back to the pavilion. Azmatullah Omarzai and Karim Janat tried to recover the innings but were eventually dismissed after scoring 42 runs. Rashid Khan’s team could only reach 116 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in 17 overs due to the rain interruption. In terms of bowling, Mujeeb Ur Rahman took 2 wickets in his 4 overs, and Azmatullah Omarzai also claimed 2 wickets in his 3 overs. Despite their efforts, Afghanistan couldn’t secure a victory in the second T20I against Bangladesh. Read more: Bangladesh clinch T20I series against Afghanistan with easy win Bangladesh’s Overall Performance Bangladesh had a solid overall performance in the T20 series against Afghanistan. In the first T20I, the Bangladesh team faced an early setback when Rony Talukdar was bowled out by Farooqi in the first over. Najmul Hossain Shanto and Litton Das tried to control the innings, but Shanto got dismissed after scoring 12 runs. Litton also went soon after, scoring 18 runs. However, the partnership between Shakib Al Hasan and Hridoy boosted Bangladesh’s innings. Shakib contributed 19 runs before being caught by Karim off Fareed’s delivery. Shamim Hossain and Hridoy then built a partnership of 73 runs. Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taskin, and Nasum got out in quick succession, giving Karim Janat a hat trick. However, Shoriful Islam’s boundary helped Bangladesh reach the target. In the bowling, Shakib, Nasum, Taskin, Shoriful, Mustafiz, and Miraz claimed one wicket each. Shakib and Taskin bowled four overs, while Nasum and Shoriful bowled three overs each. Miraz bowled two overs in the match. In the second T20I, Litton Das and Afif Hossain provided a strong opening partnership for Bangladesh. Litton played aggressively, and the team quickly crossed the 50-run mark without losing a wicket. However, Litton got out after scoring 67 runs, followed by Afif’s dismissal. Nazmul Hasan Shanto couldn’t stay at the crease for long and was dismissed for 4 runs. Hridoy and Shakib played crucial roles in maintaining the run flow and securing victory with 5 balls to spare. However, Taskin was impressive in the bowling department, taking 3 wickets in his 4 overs with an economy rate of 8.25. Mustafiz and Shakib contributed with 2 wickets each. Hasan Mahmud and Nasum Ahmed couldn’t claim any wickets in the match. Overall, Bangladesh showed a strong batting performance in both matches, with key contributions from various players. Their bowling unit also performed well, taking regular wickets and containing the Afghan batsmen effectively. Read more: ICC World Cup 2023 Schedule Revealed: Bangladesh to face Afghanistan in First Match Overall Stats of the Bangladesh Vs Afghanistan T20I Series 2023 Table: Overall stats Matches Afghanistan Bangladesh 1st T20I 154/7 157/8 Bangladesh won by 2 wickets (with 1 ball remaining) 2nd T20I 116/7 119/4 Bangladesh won by 6 wickets (with 5 balls remaining) Best Performers in the 2023 BAN vs AFG T20I Series Table: Top performers of Bangladesh and Afghanistan Squads in the T20 Series 2023 Player Performance Shakib Al Hasan 4 wickets and 37 runs Azmatullah Omarzai 3 Wickets and 58 runs Mohammad Nabi 70 runs Towhid Hridoy 66 runs Shakib Al Hasan Shakib Al Hasan, the star all-rounder, had an impressive performance in the T20 series against Afghanistan. In the first T20I, Shakib showcased his skills with both bat and ball. He contributed 19 runs with the bat. Additionally, he made a significant impact with the ball, taking two crucial wickets to help restrict Afghanistan’s batting line-up. In the second T20I, Shakib continued to display his all-round prowess. He played a crucial role in Bangladesh’s victory by scoring an unbeaten 18 runs and taking 2 wickets. Read more: Bangladesh Women Register Historic Maiden ODI Win Against India Azmatullah Omarzai Azmatullah Omarzai did really well in the T20 cricket series against Bangladesh. He showed his skills in both batting and bowling. In the first game, he scored 33 runs with the bat. He also took a wicket while bowling. In the second game, Azmatullah continued to impress everyone. He scored 25 runs, which was important for his team when things were a bit difficult. He helped Afghanistan get a good score on the scoreboard. He also took two wickets. Mohammad Nabi Nabi was the highest run scorer in the T20 series. He scored 70 runs in two matches. He scored 54 runs from 40 balls in the first match and remained not out. However, his performance was a bit low in the second match, as he scored 16 runs from 22 deliveries. Towhid Hridoy Hridoy was the highest run scorer for Bangladesh accumulating 66 runs. His 47 runs in the first match helped Bangladesh win the match. However, the 19 runs from 17 balls in the second match also contributed greatly to the team’s victory. Final Words The Bangladesh vs Afghanistan series 2023 included Test, ODI and T20 matches. First, Afghans lost the Test match against Bangladesh. Then in the ODI series, the Afghanistan team turned things around and won. After that, in the T20 matches, the Bangladesh team, led by Shakib, got revenge for their loss in the ODI series. Bangladesh won all the T20 matches against Afghanistan. Read more: ICC World Cup 2023: Schedule, Fixtures, Venues, Team List
Bangladesh won by 2 wickets in the first T20 match of the series against Afghanistan. In response to the 155 runs target given by the Afghans, the Tigers reached the target with 1 ball in hand. Despite Afghanistan’s Karim Janat’s hat-trick in the last over, Tigers eventually left the field with a victory. Thus Shakib Al Hasan’s team took a 1-0 lead in the BAN vs AFG T20I series. Afghanistan’s Batting Performance Table: Afghanistan’s Top Performers Player Runs Mohammad Nabi 54 (Not Out) Azmatullah Omarzai 33 Najibullah Zadran 23 Read more: 1st T20I: Tigers leave it late but win despite Janat hattrick After winning the toss, Shakib Al Hasan sent Afghans to batting. However, Afghanistan got its expected score. At the time of the toss, Afghan captain Rashid Khan said they were eyeing around 150 runs, and they scored 154 runs from 7 wickets. Hazratullah Zazai and Rahmanullah Gurbaz were openers for Afghanistan. Even though they started slowly, the duo overcame the Bangladeshi bowlers in the second over. However, Zazai returned to the pavilion for 8 runs after being defeated by Nasum’s spin. Then Ibrahim Zadran came to the crease. Rahmanullah was sent to the pavilion in the fourth over of the match, as he was caught by Mehidy Hasan Miraz. He scored 16 runs with two boundaries and a six before being dismissed by Taskin. Later, Karim Janat came to the wicket to make a partnership with Ibrahim. However, the visitors did not get any benefit from that. Ibrahim, who achieved a remarkable century in the ODI, made his way back to the dressing room following his dismissal by Shoriful's fast bowling. Afghanistan lost wickets at regular intervals, and they were under pressure. In 7.4 overs of the match, Tiger captain Shakib sent Karim Janat to the pavilion. Later, Nabi and Najibullah led the team’s innings and reduced some pressure; 35 runs come from this pair. However, Miraz broke their partnership. In the 13th over of the match, Najibullah was caught out by Liton in Miraz’s ball. He scored 23 runs before getting out. In the last minute of the match, Azmatullah Omarzai started scoring runs quickly with fours and sixes. However, he had to stop at 33 runs in Shakib’s spin. Then the Afghan captain Rashid Khan came to the wicket. Read more: Overview of BAN vs AFG ODI Series 2023 Mohammad Nabi scored the fifth fifty of his T20 career by hitting Mustafizur for a boundary in 19.3 balls of the match. Then he added 1 more run. As a result, Nabi played a great innings of 54 runs when the team was struggling. The Afghans stopped at 154 runs. Bangladesh’s Bowling Performance Shakib Al Hasan used six bowlers, including himself, and all of them got at least one wicket. Nasum, Taskin, Shoriful, Mustafiz, and Miraz got one wicket each. Only Shakib Al Hasan got two wickets. Shakib, Taskin, and Mustafiz bowled four overs, while Nasum and Shoriful bowled 3 overs each. However, Miraz bowled 2 overs. Bangladesh’s Batting Performance Table: Bangladesh’s Top Performers Player Runs Towhid Hridoy 47 (not out) Shamim Hossain 33 Shakib Al Hasan 19 Read more: Bangladesh Women's team beat India in 3rd T20I The host Bangladesh got a shock at the beginning when they came to bat. Rony Talukdar and Litton Das opened the innings for Bangladesh. However, Roni returned after being bowled at the last ball of the first over of the match. He scored 4 runs before being dismissed by Farooqi. Then Najmul Hossain Shanto came to the crease to lead the team. He started to rotate the strike by understanding the behavior of the wicket. Further, Litton also tried to advance the team’s innings with Shanto. In the sixth over of the match, Shanto was unfortunately dismissed by Mujeeb after scoring 12 runs. After that, Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan came to the wicket. Litton gave away the wicket before being partnered with Shakib. Litton scored 18 runs off 19 balls in this match. After that, the Shakib-Hridoy duo continued to advance the team’s innings. However, Shakib returned to the pavilion after being caught by Karim on Fareed’s ball. The Tiger captain scored 19 runs in three boundaries. Next, Shamim Hossain came to the pitch. As soon as he started batting, he fell into LBW but the umpire denied the appeal. Shamim-Hridoy took the team’s innings slowly after handling the pressure. This pair scored 73 runs. Shamim gave away his wicket on a wrong shot to bring the team to the edge of victory. He was caught by Gurbaz while sweeping Rashid’s ball. He had to stop at 33 runs. Read more: ICC World Cup 2023: Schedule, Fixtures, Venues, Team List Then Mehidy Hasan Miraz came to pitch. However, while playing Karim’s ball to midwicket, he was caught by Nabi. After that, Taskin and Nasum got out in the next two balls and Karim Janat got his hat trick. This turned the match into drama. However, Shoriful Islam took a boundary after coming to the wicket. As a result, the Tigers reached the target. Afghanistan’s Bowling Performance Rashid Khan used 7 bowlers, and all of them got wickets except Mohammad Nabi. Farooqi, Mujeeb, Azmatullah, Rashid, and Fareed got one wicket each. However, Karim Janat got a hat trick by bowling 1.5 overs. Final Words The second and last match of the 2023 BAN vs AFG T20I series will take place on July 16 at the same venue at the same time. The first match was very close for both teams. So, it is evident that both teams will take mental preparation to fight hard. But yesterday’s win will surely boost the tiger’s confidence. Read more: Watch Live BAN vs AFG Series 2023 on Toffee: Bangladesh vs Afghanistan ODI cricket series will be broadcasted live on Toffee app
After the completion of the ODI series in Chattogram, the players of Bangladesh and Afghanistan teams reached Sylhet to play two T20I matches. The BAN vs AFG T20I series will start on Friday, July 14, 2023, at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium. After that, the second T20I between Bangladesh and Afghanistan will be played on the same ground next Saturday, July 16, 2023. Both matches will start at 6 pm. Preview of the 2023 Bangladesh vs Afghanistan 1st T20I Match The difference in strength and experience between the two teams is obvious in ODIs. But in T20I, Bangladesh should take Afghanistan seriously for various reasons. In this format, the two teams are almost equal in terms of strength, experience, and field success. Rather, Afghanistan should be put forward with some consideration. The upcoming T20I series will mark Bangladesh's return to the format after their last match in March, where they secured a 2-1 home series victory against Ireland. Similarly, this series holds significance for Afghanistan as well, as it will be their first assignment since their impressive 2-1 series triumph against Pakistan in the UAE back in March. The leadership role of the Bangladesh team will be in the hands of star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, while the talented spinner Rashid Khan will be leading the Afghanistan side. This T20I series will mark the tenth and eleventh encounters between the two teams in this format, adding to their rivalry and history in T20I cricket. Further, Shakib Al Hasan's leadership will bring experience and strategic insight to the Bangladesh team, while his exceptional skills as an all-rounder will make him a key player in both the batting and bowling departments. On the other hand, Rashid Khan's captaincy will be backed by his immense talent as a world-class spinner, capable of turning the game in Afghanistan's favor with his exceptional spin variations and smart cricketing mind. Read more: Overview of BAN vs AFG ODI Series 2023 Bangladesh vs Afghanistan Head to Head: Who has Competitive Edge? Table: Head to head T20 records between Bangladesh and Afghanistan So Far Matches Year Winner Score Match 1 2014 Bangladesh won by 9 wickets AFG: 72/10 BAN: 78/1 Match 2 2018 Afghanistan won by 45 runs AFG: 167/8 BAN: 122/10 Match 3 2018 Afghanistan won by 6 wickets BAN: 134/8 AFG: 135/4 Match 4 2018 Afghanistan won by 1 run AFG: 145/6 BAN: 144/6 Match 5 2019 Afghanistan won by 25 runs AFG: 164/6 BAN: 139/10 Match 6 2019 Bangladesh won by 4 wickets AFG: 138/7 BAN: 139/6 Match 7 2022 Bangladesh won by 61 runs BAN: 155/8 AFG: 94/10 Match 8 2022 Afghanistan won by 8 wickets BAN: 115/9 AFG: 121/2 Match 9 2022 Afghanistan won by 7 wickets BAN: 127/7 AFG: 131/3 Statistically, Afghanistan is far ahead of Bangladesh in this format. Afghans have won 6 times and Bangladesh 3 times out of nine matches. Afghanistan won easily in all of them. On the other hand, Bangladesh had to struggle to win. The two teams met twice in the bilateral series. They beat Bangladesh 3-0 at India in 2018. Read more: BAN vs AFG Series 2023: Bangladesh T20 Squad Analysis Last year, the series between the two teams was tied 1-1. Afghanistan secured comfortable victories in the last two matches against Bangladesh, winning by 8 and 7 wickets respectively. However, it's worth noting that Bangladesh emerged victorious in two out of the last five matches between the two teams. In other words, out of the total three wins against the Afghans, the Tigers secured two in recent times. Probable XI for Bangladesh against Afghanistan Litton Das (wk), Najmul Shanto, Towhid Hridoy, Shakib Al Hasan (c), Afif Hossain, Rony Talukdar, Mehidy Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, Nasum Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman. Probable XI for Afghanistan against Bangladesh Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Hazratullah Zazai, Mohammad Shahzad, Ibrahim Zadran, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan (c), Azmatullah Omarzai, Noor Ahmad, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi. Key Players of BAN vs AFG 1st T20I Match 2023 Najmul Hossain Shanto (Bangladesh) While Shanto struggled in the last T20I series against Ireland, his performance in the T20I series against England was exceptional. He accumulated a total of 144 runs and played a crucial role in influencing the outcome of the matches, as evident from his impressive impact score of 153.2 across the three games. Shanto showcased his remarkable cricketing abilities and maintained an average impact of 51 per match. His contributions were magnificent in the success of the team against England. So, fans are expecting that he will return in his known form. Read more: Watch Live BAN vs AFG Series 2023 on Toffee: Bangladesh vs Afghanistan cricket series will be broadcasted live on Toffee app Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh) Shakib Al Hasan, the captain of the team, played a pivotal role in Bangladesh's remarkable clean sweep against England. Moreover, he displayed excellent decision-making skills throughout the series against England. Shakib continued to impress during the Ireland series. In the second match, he delivered an outstanding performance by capturing 5 wickets while conceding a mere 22 runs in just 4 overs. This remarkable feat marks the second time he has taken 5 wickets in a T20I match, establishing it as one of his finest bowling displays. Rashid Khan (Afghanistan) Rashid Khan is now the best T20I bowler in the world. He took over the top spot from Wanindu Hasaranga of Sri Lanka because of his amazing performance in Afghanistan's 2-1 series victory against Pakistan in Sharjah. Rashid took three wickets while giving away very few runs in the match. This is a big achievement for Rashid Khan, and it shows how talented he is as a bowler in T20I cricket. And he will surely put pressure on Bangladeshi batsmen. Also, he has the career-best rating (816) against Bangladesh. Fazalhaq Farooqi (Afghanistan) Farooqi is the second-best T20I bowler after Rashid Khan, with a 692 rating. We have seen his tremendous performance in the recently concluded ODI series. So, he will surely keep shining in the T20I series too. Overall, he played 22 T20I matches and grabbed 26 wickets. He also took 5 wickets in the last T20I series against Bangladesh in 2022. Ticket Price of 2023 Bangladesh vs Afghanistan T20I Match The T20I match can be watched from the grandstand for BDT 1500. Apart from that, the clubhouse ticket price is BDT 500, and the Eastern Gallery ticket is BDT 300. Besides, you have to spend BDT 200 to sit and watch in the Western Gallery and Green Hill area. Read more: BAN vs AFG Live 2023, where to watch: TV channels and live streaming | Playing XI Final Words After losing the ODI series, Bangladesh will certainly try to win the T20I series. However, both teams have talented players, and the series would be a great display of cricketing skills and strategies. Hence, we can expect a competitive fight in the BAN vs AFG 1st T20I.
Afghanistan won the ODI series over Bangladesh by 2-1 at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram. This remarkable victory not only marked Afghanistan's first-ever series win in Bangladesh but also brought an end to a rare winning streak held by the Tigers. The recent defeat against Afghanistan in the ODIs marked only the third time that the Bangladesh men's team has experienced a series loss at home since 2015. Best Performers in the 2023 Bangladesh vs Afghanistan ODI Series Although the Afghans dominated the first two matches, Bangladesh got a big win in the last ODI. But, few players from both teams have contributed significantly throughout the series. Read more: Analysis of BAN vs AFG 3rd ODI 2023 Table: Top performers in the 2023 BAN vs AFG ODI Series Player Performance Rahmanullah Gurbaz 173 runs Ibrahim Zadran 142 runs Litton Das 92 runs Fazalhaq Farooqi 8 wickets Shakib Al Hasan 4 wickets and 79 runs Rahmanullah Gurbaz Rahmanullah Gurbaz's batting performance in the three-match ODI series was a mix of ups and downs. In the first ODI, he contributed with 22 runs from 44 balls, displaying a steady but conservative approach at the crease. Read more: Analysis of BAN vs AFG 2nd ODI 2023 However, his true potential shone through in the second ODI, where he delivered a breathtaking batting display. Gurbaz blazed his way to a phenomenal knock of 145 runs from just 125 balls, including an impressive tally of 13 boundaries and 8 sixes. This remarkable innings demonstrated his ability to dominate the opposition and score runs at a rapid pace. Unfortunately, in the third ODI, Gurbaz could not replicate his previous form and managed only 6 runs from 22 balls. Ibrahim Zadran In the first ODI, he played a patient innings, scoring an unbeaten 41 runs from 58 balls before rain interrupted the match, depriving him of further opportunities to showcase his skills. However, he made a significant impact in the second ODI, crafting a remarkable century. Zadran showed his class and consistency by scoring 100 runs from 119 balls, providing a solid foundation for his team's total. Read more: Tamim Iqbal's International Cricket Career Overview: Records and Achievements Unfortunately, in the final ODI, he endured a brief stint at the crease, contributing just 1 run from 6 balls. However, his century in the second ODI was particularly noteworthy, showcasing his talent and potential as a valuable asset in the ODI format for Afghanistan. Litton Das Among all the Bangladeshi batters, Litton scored the highest runs combining three matches. His total score was 92 runs. In the first ODI, he played a brief innings, contributing a solid 26 runs from 35 deliveries. The second innings was not good either; he scored 13 runs from 15 deliveries. However, it was in the third ODI where Das truly stood out, delivering an exceptional unbeaten knock of 53 runs from 60 deliveries. His innings played a vital role in guiding his team to victory, highlighting his temperament and skill in constructing an innings. Read more: Analysis of BAN vs AFG 1st ODI 2023 Fazalhaq Farooqi Fazalhaq Farooqi displayed an impressive bowling performance throughout the three-match ODI series against Bangladesh. In the first ODI, Farooqi made an immediate impact by bowling 8.4 overs and taking an impressive haul of 3 wickets. His economy rate of 2.76 highlighted his ability to restrict the opposition's scoring rate effectively. Later Farooqi continued his excellent form in the second ODI, too, bowling 7.2. In the 3rd ODI, Farooqi once again proved to be a valuable asset to his team, as he picked up 2 wickets in his 5 overs. Shakib Al Hasan Although the overall performance of the team in the entire series was not up to expectations, Shakib Al Hasan was in perfect rhythm with the ball. This has also improved his ranking. Shakib took 4 wickets in 3 matches against Afghans. Among them, he took 1 wicket for just 9 runs in the first ODI, 2 for 50 runs in the second match, and 1 wicket for just 13 runs in 10 overs in the third match. According to the latest rankings published on Wednesday, the left-arm spinner has climbed three places to the 10th position. His rating point is 618. Shakib also contributed 79 runs in three matches. Overall Stats of 3 ODI Matches Table: Overview of stats in the 2023 BAN vs AFG ODI Series Matches Bangladesh Afghanistan 1st ODI 169/9 83/2 Afghanistan won by 17 runs (DLS method) 2nd ODI 189/10 331/9 Afghanistan won by 142 runs 3rd ODI 129/3 Bangladesh won by 7 wickets (with 159 balls remaining) 126/10 Overall ODI Performance of Tigers in the Series Against Afghanistan The overall performance of the Bangladesh cricket team in the three-match ODI series against Afghanistan had its share of highs and lows. In the first ODI, Bangladesh's batting struggled as they lost wickets regularly and could only manage a total of 169 runs. Rain interruptions further hampered their progress, and the team couldn't put up a competitive fight. However, Towhid Hridoy's innings of 51 from 69 balls provided some stability amidst the batting collapse. Read more: Women's T20I: India defend 95 to seal series win against Bangladesh In the second ODI, Bangladesh once again faced a batting collapse, losing early wickets and finding themselves in a precarious position. Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim attempted to save the innings, but their contributions were not enough to get a significant total. The team was eventually all out for 189 runs, with Mushfiqur Rahim's knock of 69 providing some hope. In the third ODI, Bangladesh's bowling unit showcased their dominance as they restricted Afghanistan to a lowest total of 126 runs. Shoriful Islam's outstanding performance, taking four wickets for 21 runs, played a crucial role in dismantling the Afghan batting lineup. Shakib Al Hasan's economical bowling, conceding only 13 runs in his 10 overs, further boosted Bangladesh's dominance. Overall ODI Performance of Afghanistan against Bangladesh The overall performance of the Afghanistan cricket team in the three-match ODI series against Bangladesh showcased some notable achievements as well as areas for improvement. Afghans showed their bowling skill in the first ODI while the rain stopped their batting innings. In the second ODI, Afghanistan's batting had a solid start, with Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran setting a record-breaking partnership of 256 runs, the highest for any wicket in Afghanistan's ODI history. However, the team faced a significant collapse after the openers were dismissed, losing 9 wickets for just 75 runs. Their final total of 331 runs for 9 wickets showcased their strong start but also highlighted a lack of stability in the middle and lower order. Read more: BAN vs AFG Series 2023: Bangladesh T20 Squad Analysis In the third ODI, Afghanistan's batting faltered as they failed to capitalize on the strong start. The team put up a miserable batting performance, managing only 126 runs, the lowest team score against Bangladesh. Azmatullah Omarzai's innings of 56 runs was the only significant contribution, as other batsmen struggled to score. Fazalhaq Farooqi's bowling performance of two wickets stood out in an otherwise disappointing batting display. Overall, while Afghanistan had moments of brilliance in their batting, particularly with the record-breaking partnership in the first ODI, they lacked consistency and stability throughout the series. The team will need to address their middle and lower-order batting concerns to ensure better overall performances in the future. Additionally, maintaining a balance between their batting and bowling strengths will be crucial for Afghanistan's success in upcoming tournaments like the Asia Cup and World Cup. Final Words Over the years, Bangladesh has established a tough record on their home turf, displaying remarkable dominance by clinching victories against renowned teams such as India, Pakistan, and South Africa. But, the 1-2 loss against the Afghans in the 2023 Ban vs AFG ODI Series has faded all those records of Bangladesh. Read more: ICC World Cup 2023: Schedule, Fixtures, Venues, Team List
Afghanistan cricket team have snatched the series from Bangladesh by winning two consecutive matches. The highly motivated and confident Afghans threatened to whitewash Bangladesh. But their innings were stopped at 126 runs in 45.2 overs at the Zahoor Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium. This is Afghanistan’s lowest-ever run against Bangladesh. Tigers won the 3rd ODI match of the 2023 BAN vs AFG ODI Series in 23.3 overs, and they scored 130 for 3 wickets. Bangladesh’s Performance In the third and final ODI of the series on Tuesday, Afghanistan’s batsmen were crushed by the devastating skills of the Bangladeshi bowlers.Their innings ended at only 126 runs. Shoriful Islam, the left-arm pacer, destroyed the Afghan batting lineup. He took 4 wickets for 21 runs in his career-best bowling. Apart from this, despite taking 1 wicket, left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan gave only 13 runs in 10 overs. There were three changes in the Bangladesh team. One pacer was reduced, and left-arm spinner Taijul Islam was included in the starting XI. Taskin Ahmed and Shoriful returned to the pace attack. The two pacers kept the pressure on Afghan batters from the beginning, and the success came quickly. Shoriful had Ibrahim Zadran caught behind in the first ball of the third over of the innings. The left-hander forced Rahmat Shah to give a catch behind the wicket on the fifth ball of that over. The Afghans were in great trouble after losing 2 wickets for just 3 runs. Zardan scored one run, and Rahmat Shah went for zero. Read more: Bangladesh end ODI series vs Afghanistan with comfortable win After that, Taskin struck in the sixth over. He was caught behind Rahmanullah Gurbaz and sent him for 6 runs. However, for the Afghan’s, disaster was not over; Shoriful struck again in the ninth over. This time, Mohammad Nabi was LBW at his pace. No Afghan batter could put up any resistance, and they lost 4 wickets for 15 runs. Najibullah Zadran scored 10 runs off 22 balls and was LBW by Shakib’s spin. However, captain Hashmatullah Shahidi tried to fight back; he returned to the pavilion as the sixth batsman with a team’s 53 runs. Shahidi was bowled by Taijul’s left-arm spin for 22 runs off 4 fours from 54 balls. Gradually Afghans lost 8 wickets for 89 runs. Azmatullah Omarzai fought on the ninth wicket. He gave his career-best batting performance and made a partnership of 36 runs for the ninth wicket with Mujeeb Ur Rahman. After Mujeeb was dismissed for 11 runs, Omarzai also became Taskin’s second victim. But, before that, Omarzai got his first half-century. He was out for 56 runs off 71 balls with 1 four and 3 sixes. As a result, Afghanistan’s innings stopped at 126 runs with 28 balls remaining. Taskin and Taijul took 2 wickets each. And Shoriful took 4 wickets for 21 runs with 1 maiden in 9 overs. Earlier also he took 4 wickets twice in ODIs. Among all the bowlers, Shakib was the most economical. He cost only 13 runs with 1 maiden in 10 overs. However, it is joint fifth in terms of economy rate for Bangladesh in ODIs. Shakib alone owns the top record for economical bowlers of Bangladesh in ODIs. Previously, Shakib took 4 wickets for just 8 runs in 7.2 overs against the West Indies in Mirpur in 2021 and 3 wickets for just 11 runs in 4 maidens in 10 overs against Zimbabwe in 2009 at the same venue. Read more: Analysis of BAN vs AFG 2nd ODI 2023
In their quest for a historic clean sweep over Bangladesh, Afghanistan have won the toss and chosen to bat first in the third and final ODI of the series in Chattogram. Bangladesh has made three changes to their playing XI. Ebadot Hossain, who suffered a knee injury in the last match, along with Mustafizur Rahman and Hasan Mahmud, have been replaced by Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, and Taijul Islam. Read: Bangladesh v Afghanistan: Tigers aiming to avoid clean sweep Afghanistan has also made two changes for this match. Their star spinner, Rashid Khan, and Mohammad Saleem have been rested, making way for Abdul Rahman and Zia-ur-Rehman, who will be making their ODI debuts. In the previous match, Afghanistan batted first and posted a total of 331 runs. Bangladesh failed to chase it down, resulting in their first-ever ODI series defeat to Afghanistan. In the first match, Bangladesh lost by 17 runs under the DL Method, with rain interruptions throughout the game. Read: Preview of BAN vs AFG 3rd ODI 2023 Following the conclusion of the ODI series, both teams will face off in a three-match T20I series in Sylhet. Bangladesh (Playing XI): Mohammad Naim, Litton Das (c), Najmul Hossain Shanto, Towhid Hridoy, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (w), Afif Hossain, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, Taijul Islam. Afghanistan (Playing XI): Rahmanullah Gurbaz (w), Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Azmatullah Omarzai, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Abdul Rahman, Zia-ur-Rehman. Read: Harmanpreet's Fifty Guides India to Easy Win Over Bangladesh
The current one-day cricket series against Afghanistan is not going well for the Bangladesh cricket team. The first one-day match of the series was interrupted by rain. Bangladesh lost by 17 runs in this match by the Duckworth Lewis method. After that, even though the captain was changed, it was not possible to change the fate of the Tigers. Bangladesh lost again in the second match by 142 runs. Afghanistan and Bangladesh will play the last match of the 2023 BAN vs AFG series on July 11 in Chattogram. Bangladesh vs Afghanistan 2nd ODI 2023 Preview In the last decade, Bangladesh has played aggressive ODI cricket at home. The Tigers have only lost a series against England since June 2014. But this time, Bangladesh lost the series to Afghanistan. Afghans have won the series by keeping one match in hand in the ongoing ODI series in Chattogram. Now they want to whitewash Bangladesh. In the second ODI match, the Tigers chose to field after winning the toss against Afghanistan in Chattogram on Saturday. Afghanistan’s two openers played outstanding innings and set a challenging target of 332 runs for Bangladesh. The Afghans also completely destroyed Bangladesh's batting order. With consecutive wickets falling, the Tigers reached a combined score of 189 runs. Ultimately, Afghanistan secured a convincing victory, winning by a margin of 142 runs. Rahmanullah Gurbaz, who scored a phenomenal century, was named the man of the match. Ebadot Hossain is out of BAN vs AFG Series 2023 Ebadot was injured during the second ODI against Afghanistan. That knee injury knocked Ebadot Hossain out of the entire Afghanistan series. He is not in the squad for the third ODI in Chattogram as well as Sylhet’s three-match T20 series. The Bangladesh Cricket Board confirmed the matter in a circular on Sunday. Read more: Ebadot ruled out of remaining Afghan fixtures However, according to Muzadded Alpha Sany, the physiotherapist of the Bangladesh team, the initial assessment of the player’s injury suggests that it is not severe. They anticipate that it will take approximately two weeks to fully recover. Ebadot will undergo rehabilitation during this period. Bangladesh’s Predicted Playing XI for 3rd ODI Litton Das (c), Mohammad Naim, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Shakib Al Hasan, Towhid Hridoy, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Afif Hossain, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Hasan Mahmud, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman. Bangladeshi Key Players from Previous Game of 2023 BAN vs AFG ODI Series Player Performance Mushfiqur Rahim 69 runs Shakib Al Hasan 25 runs and took 2 wickets Afghanistan’s Predicted Playing XI for 3rd ODI Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Mohammad Nabi, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Najibullah Zadran, Noor Ahmed, Azmatullah Omarzai. Read more: Analysis of BAN vs AFG 2nd ODI 2023 Afghanistan’s Key Players from Previous Game of of 2023 BAN vs AFG ODI Series Player Performance Rahmanullah Gurbaz 145 runs Ibrahim Zadran 100 runs Fazalhaq Farooqi 3 wickets Mujeeb Ur Rahman 3 wickets Pitch Report The Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram, Bangladesh, is renowned for its bowling-friendly pitch. Spin bowlers, in particular, find support from the pitch. In terms of ODI matches, the highest average score for the team batting first at this venue is recorded at 225 runs. Therefore, winning the toss on this field may prompt the team to choose bowling first. However, this tactic did not work in the last match. Afghanistan’s batting was extraordinary in the last match. In the last five games, the team chasing the target has emerged victorious in four instances. The batting conditions pose a challenge at the beginning of the game but tend to improve as the match progresses. Predictions about the 2023 BAN vs AFG 3rd ODI Match Hosts Bangladesh will be aiming for a victory in the third and final ODI of the three-match series against Afghanistan in order to save their pride. Their performance in the second ODI was dismal, suffering a crushing defeat, marking their largest loss against Afghanistan. Despite the off-field controversies surrounding the team, they must regroup and deliver an improved performance in this crucial match. On the other hand, Afghanistan will be determined to seal the series 3-0 and will be looking to dominate their opponents. After winning the last two games, Afghanistan has maintained an edge over Bangladesh in recent encounters. The outstanding form of their opening batsmen adds to their team’s confidence. The Bangladeshi camp appears to be dealing with various issues, making it interesting to see if the hosts can overcome these challenges and prevent a whitewash. However, the Afghans surely have a competitive edge in this series, and their winning probability in the last match is very high. Still, we are expecting a close game. Read more: Harmanpreet's Fifty Guides India to Easy Win Over Bangladesh Final Words From the beginning, Bangladesh has been considering the 2023 BAN vs AFG ODI series as preparation for the upcoming World Cup. But this outcome was not expected at all. In the last two matches, Bangladesh’s top order failed miserably. So, the Tigers will need to focus on the top order to get the expected outcome.
The Tigers had already lost the first match of the three-match ODI series against Afghanistan. Because of this, a loss in the second match leads to a loss in the series. Tigers played the second match of the series yesterday in Chattogram and lost by a huge margin of 142 runs in the second BAN vs AFG ODI match in 2023. Afghanistan’s Batting Performance Litton Das won the toss and invited Afghanistan to bat first. The two openers, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, and Ibrahim Zadran, started bashing Bangladeshi bowlers right from the beginning of the innings. They scored 256 runs off 221 balls. While making this record, the Rahmanullah-Ibrahim pair surpassed Javed Ahmadi and Karim Sadiq. Javed and Karim set a record of 142 in the opening partnership against the Netherlands in Sharjah, UAE, in 2012. The 256 runs partnership is Afghanistan’s highest partnership for any wicket in ODIs. Shakib Al Hasan stopped Gurbaz through LBW. Prior to that, he achieved his fourth century in his 20th ODI match. Rahmanullah displayed an outstanding performance, accumulating a career-best of 145 runs from 125 deliveries, comprising 13 boundaries and 8 sixes, before departing from the field. However, following Rahmanullah's dismissal, Afghanistan's batting order experienced a significant collapse. Despite a strong start of scoring 256 runs without losing a single wicket, Afghanistan faced a dramatic downfall, losing 9 wickets for just 75 runs. Starting at number three, Rahmat Shah could only manage to contribute 2 runs from 5 deliveries before departing. Read more: Afghanistan thrash Bangladesh to wrap up maiden ODI series win Afghan captain Hashmatullah Shahidi was bowled by Mehidy Hasan Miraz for 2 runs in 7 balls. Najibullah Zadran was Miraz’s second victim for 10 runs off 15 balls. However, Ibrahim Zadran was batting responsibly from the beginning. Cutter Master Mustafizur Rahman sent him back to the pavilion after picking up the century. Ibrahim scored 100 runs with the help of 9 fours and a six off 119 balls. After that, Afghan star leg spinner Rashid Khan, pacer Azmatullah Omarzai, off-spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman, and left-arm pacer Fazalhaq Farooqi returned after scoring 6, 2, 5 and 1 runs respectively. Afghanistan scored 331 runs for 9 wickets. Read more: Explosive centuries by openers power Afghanistan to 331 vs Bangladesh
Following their victory in the first ODI of the 2023 BAN vs AFG ODI series, Afghanistan will surely aim to maintain their strong performance in the second match of the three-match series. The match will take place at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram. The match will start at 2:00 pm on July 8, 2023. Bangladesh vs Afghanistan 2nd ODI 2023 Preview Bangladesh received a significant setback as their captain, Tamim Iqbal, will not be available for the remaining two ODIs. The 34-year-old cricketer announced his retirement right after the first ODI. In the recent One-off Test match, Litton Das took charge as the captain. And Litton Das will be the captain for BAN vs AFG 2nd ODI 2023. The first ODI between the two teams was a rain-affected match. The visiting team's strong performance played a crucial role in their victory through the Duckworth–Lewis-Stern (DLS) method. In the last match, the Bangladesh team gave one of the most disappointing performances in recent times. Bangladesh struggled to reach a total of 169/9 in 43 overs, with only Towhid Hridoy achieving a half-century. Afghanistan, in their chase, had Ibrahim Zadran contribute significantly with 41 runs, driving them to 83/2 in 21.2 overs. However, rain intervened once again, and the match's outcome was determined by the DLS method. Read more: Tamim Iqbal's International Cricket Career Overview: Records and Achievements Looking ahead, Bangladesh will be missing the presence of Tamim, who has been replaced by Rony Talukdar in the squad. Table: Top performers of BAN vs AFG first ODI Players Role Performance Towhid Hridoy Batter 51 runs from 69 balls Litton Das Batter 26 runs from 35 balls Fazalhaq Farooqi Bowler Took 3 wickets Mujeeb Ur Rahman Bowler Took 2 wickets Ibrahim Zadran Batter 41 runs from 58 balls Shakib Al Hassan All rounder Took 1 wicket with 1.8 economy rate Who has the competitive edge considering the overall ODI records so far? Afghanistan entered the white-ball series after facing a 2-1 defeat against Sri Lanka in the 50-over format. Before that, they emerged victorious in a T20I series against an inexperienced Pakistan team, winning 2-1. In contrast, Bangladesh enjoyed victory in the ODI series against Ireland, sweeping them aside with a 2-0 victory. When it comes to both teams’ overall head-to-head record, Bangladesh and Afghanistan have faced each other 12 times in the 50-over format. Out of these encounters, Bangladesh have emerged victorious on seven occasions, while Afghanistan have triumphed five times. In the recent first ODI, Afghanistan’s win ended Bangladesh’s four-match winning streak against them. Read more: Litton Das replaces Tamim as Bangladesh's ODI captain Table: Bangladesh vs Afghanistan Head-to-Head Record So Far Number of Matches Bangladesh’s Win Afghanistan’s Win Bangladesh’s Win at Home Afghanistan’s Away Win Results in Neutral Ground 12 7 5 4 4 Bangladesh’s win 3 Afghanistan’s win 1 So, considering the past meetings, Bangladesh have competitive edge over the Afghans. Bangladesh’s Strengths and Weakness Chattogram’s wicket was a bit weird in the last match. Despite losing the first ODI against Afghanistan, the top performer of that match, Towhid Hridoy, has no complaints about Chattogram's wicket. Rather, the team’s batting failure is the main reason, and it was Bangladesh’s weakness in the last match. The correct rhythm among the top orders is necessary to score a big hit. However, it is expected that the team will learn from the mistake and turn around in the 2023 BAN vs AFG 2nd ODI. As Chattogram’s wicket is spin-friendly, spinners like Shakib Al Hasan and Mehidy Hasan Miraz will be Bangladesh’s trump cards. However, fast bowlers also did pretty well in the last match. So, they can also be assets. Mustafiz’s 2.5 econ rate in 4 overs has helped to slow down Afghan run machine. Read more: Tamim's sudden retirement leaves teammates shattered and emotional Afghanistan’s Strengths and Weakness According to Afghan captain Hashmatullah Shahidi, their spin has become world-renowned in recent days. And we should admit this. Also, we saw that in the last match. The performances of Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Rashid Khan have slowed down the Tigers. Mujeeb had a 2.6 econ rate from 9 overs, and Rashid gave 2.3 runs on average from 9 overs. So, spin dependency is definitely Afghanistan’s greatest strength. Afghans are gradually improving themselves. They have failed several times to maintain synchronisation within the team. So, this might be a weakness. However, they have overcome that in recent matches. Probable Player List of 2023 BAN vs AFG 2nd ODI Probable XI for Bangladesh Litton Das, Rony Talukdar, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Shakib Al Hasan, Towhid Hridoy, Mushfiqur Rahim, Afif Hossain, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taskin Ahmed, Hasan Mahmud, Mustafizur Rahman. Probable XI for Afghanistan Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Azmatullah Omarzai, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Sayed Shirzad, Izharulhaq Naveed. Read more: ‘Match against Afghanistan final match of my career’: A weeping Tamim Iqbal announces retirement from international cricket Key Players of BAN vs AFG 2nd ODI Match 2023 Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh) Shakib Al Hasan, the experienced all-rounder, has been considered one of the best all-rounders in the world for the past two decades. He has shown outstanding skills both as a batsman and a bowler. After recovering from a finger injury, Shakib is even more motivated to make significant contributions to his team’s success. This year, the all-rounder has scored 312 runs from eight innings in ODIs. He has maintained an average of 39 runs per inning with the bat. As a bowler, Shakib has taken eight wickets, including a four-wicket haul. Ibrahim Zadran (Afghanistan) In 2023, Ibrahim Zadran accumulated 215 runs in four innings so far. He boasts an impressive batting average of 71.66. Interestingly, in the previous year, he had an even higher average of 71.83 in the ODI format. These numbers highlight Ibrahim’s remarkable consistency as an opener for his team. Who will win the BAN vs AFG 2nd ODI? The Afghanistan team displayed brilliance in all aspects of the game in their previous match against Bangladesh. Although the Tigers will be eager to make a comeback, it will not be easy to overpower the visitors. Afghanistan have momentum on their side, led by Hashmatullah and his teammates, and the conditions also favour them. Final Words The host team, Bangladesh, will surely aim for a strong comeback in the 2023 BAN vs AFG 2nd match. However, the sudden retirement announcement from Tamim may create an imbalance in the team’s rhythm. But, still, we are hoping for the best and want to see a good clash. Analysis of BAN vs AFG 1st ODI 2023
The first match of the Bangladesh vs Afghanistan ODI series 2023 started like a nightmare for the Tigers. Afghanistan emerged victorious in the first ODI against Bangladesh, defeating the hosts by a margin of 17 runs (according to the DLS method) in a rain-affected match. However, the performance of the Tigers was disappointing throughout the match. Let’s go over the overall performance of both teams. Bangladesh’s Batting Performance Afghan captain Hashmatullah Shahidi won the toss and sent the Tigers to bat first at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram. However, Bangladesh could not move towards a big goal as no one could score runs except Towhid Hridoy. And rain also hampered the match. Bangladesh lost 7 wickets for 139 runs. In the rain-interrupted match, they finally scored 169 for 9 in 43 overs, but it was not enough to fight. Tamim Iqbal could not stay on the wicket for long. He departed after scoring 13 runs off 21 balls. In the 12th over of the innings, Litton went back with a catch at deep square leg by Afghan spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman. Litton could have played the short-length ball from Mujeeb down if he wanted to. But while picking it up, Rahmat Shah caught it at deep square. Litton Das scored 26 runs off 35 balls. Read more: Afghanistan outplay Bangladesh in first ODI match marred by rain After that, Najmul Hossain Shanto was the hope for Bangladesh. Shanto is the most trusted name in Bangladesh’s batting lineup in recent times. Even yesterday, he started positively. But the innings was not long enough. Mohammad Nabi hit in his first ball, and Shanto gave the catch at short fine leg while sweeping. Bangladesh was under some pressure after losing 2 wickets in 2 consecutive overs. After one ball in the sixteenth over, the match was stopped due to rain. After losing 3 wickets for 72 runs, Shakib Al Hasan and Towhid Hridoy were guiding the Tigers. However, Shakib seemed to be feeling the pressure as he couldn’t keep the run wheels going like that. The all-rounder was caught by Mohammad Nabi while playing an off-side shot by Azmatullah Omarzai. As a result, he broke the partnership, and Shakib scored 14 runs off 34 balls. Mushfiqur Rahim, who came to the crease after that, could not spark yesterday. Facing Rashid Khan’s terrible googly, Mushfiqur scored 1 run from 3 balls. Bangladesh’s top-order batting lineup collapsed in front of the Afghan spinners. Afif, who was out of the main squad for a while, returned to the team with this series. But he also could not accompany Towhid. After that, Miraz came to the pitch, and he scored 5 from 23 balls. At last, Bangladesh collected 169 runs for 9 wickets. Overall, Towhid Hridoy was the key player for Bangladesh yesterday, and he scored 51 from 69 balls. Read more: Watch Live BAN vs AFG Series 2023 on Toffee: Bangladesh vs Afghanistan ODI cricket series will be broadcasted live on Toffee app