ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup is just around the corner, and cricket enthusiasts worldwide eagerly await the exhilarating contest between two Asian rivals, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, in the third match of the CWC23. This highly anticipated clash is expected to be breathtaking and full of excitement as both teams hope to kickstart their campaign in the tournament on a winning note.
Bangladesh vs Afghanistan Squad:
BAN Squad: Liton Das(wk), Tamim Iqbal, Mohamamd Naim, Shakib Al Hasan(c), Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Mahmudullah, Towhid Hridoy, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Nurul Hasan(wk), Afif Hossain, Mahedi Hasan, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed, Ebadot Hossain, Shoriful Islam, Hasan Mahmud, Nasum Ahmed
AFG Squad: Hashmatullah Shahidi(c), Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmanullah Gurbaz(wk), Hazratullah Zazai, Ikram Alikhil(wk), Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Azmatullah Omarzai, Gulbadin Naib, Rahmat Shah, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Naveen ul Haq, Fareed Ahmad, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Noor Ahmad.
Afghanistan vs Bangladesh Date & Time:
Afghanistan and Bangladesh will lock horns against each other in Match No.3 of the World Cup 2023 on October 7, 2023. This daytime game will kick off at 10:30 AM(IST) at the HPCA Stadium, Dharamshala. The match promises to deliver thrilling performances and unforgettable moments on the field.
Afghanistan vs Bangladesh Venue:
Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium(HPCA Stadium) will host the match between Bangladesh and Afghanistan. This stadium has snow-capped Himalayan mountains in the background and is considered one of the most beautiful cricket grounds in the world. Due to the high altitude of HPCA stadium, it has a reputation for six-hitting. The stadium also hosted some Indian Premier League and international matches. It has a capacity of 23,000 spectators.
ODI Stats at HPCA Stadium:
Total Matches: 4
Batting First Won: 1
Batting Second Won: 3
Avg. 1st Innings Score: 214
Highest Total: India 330/6(50 Ov) vs WI
Lowest Total: India 112(38.2 Ov) vs SL
HPCA Stadium Pitch Report:
The openness and small-sized stands of the stadium allow winds to sweep across, thus assisting the fast bowlers in the air. It helps the quick-pace bowlers to frustrate the opposition batters and keep the totals low. The dew becomes a vital factor in the evening during the October-February period. The new ball will likely swing more; therefore, after winning the toss, the teams prefer to bowl first.
Bangladesh vs Afghanistan Head to Head:
Bangladesh and Afghanistan have come against each other in 14 ODI matches(Including 2 World Cup matches). In these 14 games, Bangladesh has won 8 matches, whereas Afghanistan has won 6.
Ban vs Afg Head to Head in World Cup:
Afghanistan and Bangladesh faced each other two times in the ODI World Cups, and Bangladesh won on both occasions.
World Cup 2015:
February 18, 2015, Manuka Oval
BAN: 267(50) vs AFG: 162(42.5)
Bangladesh won by 105 runs.
World Cup 2019:
June 19, 2019, Rose Bowl Cricket Ground
BAN: 262/7(50) vs AFG: 200(47)
Bangladesh won by 62 runs.
Top Performers So Far in BAN vs AFG ODI Matches:
Bangladeshi batters lead the most-runs table against Afghanistan. The experienced wicketkeeper batter Mushfiqur Rahim tops the table with 432 runs in 12 innings against Afghanistan in One Day Internationals. In the bowling, Shakib Al Hasan(BAN) led the most wickets table with 27 wickets in 13 innings, followed by Rashid Khan(AFG), who took 19 wickets in 11 innings.
Afg vs Ban World Cup Match Overview:
Bangladesh’s side is mainly dependent on their batting lineup. A significant chunk of Bangladesh’s batting lineup lies on the shoulders of Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim, the star performers over the years. Mustafizur Rahman and Taskin Ahmed, the two experienced fast bowlers, are determined to put up a great show against Afghanistan. Afghanistan’s rise in international cricket has been nothing short of remarkable. With a combination of experienced veterans and promising young talent, the Afghan side is ready to make a mark on the international stage. Some key players to watch out for include Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Najibullah Zadran, and Mohammad Nabi. With their variations and accuracy, the two magicians with the ball, Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman, could be a tough challenge for the Bangladesh batters.