The engrossing action in the Asia Cup 2022 continues on Tuesday as Bangladesh and Afghanistan clash from Group B at Sharjah. The latter will be coming into this match after their thumping win over Sri Lanka, while Bangladesh will be playing their first match of the tournament.
Afghanistan began their tournament in style after defeating Sri Lanka in their opening match by eight wickets. The Afghan bowlers were brilliant right from the word go as they bundled out Sri Lanka for just 105 runs in 19.4 overs. Fazalhaq Farooqi was the pick of the bowlers as he picked up 3 wickets for 11 runs in 3.4 overs.
In reply to Sri Lanka’s total, Afghanistan chased down the target of 106 in just 10.1 overs. Rahmanullah Gurbaz scored a blistering 40 off 18 balls to help his team reach home quickly. Afghanistan will aim to continue their winning momentum in the next game and storm into the ‘Super 4’ stage in an emphatic fashion.
Probable Playing XI: Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Ibrahim Zadran, Najibullah Zadran, Karim Janat, Mohammad Nabi (c), Rashid Khan, Azmatullah Omarzai, Naveen-ul-Haq, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi
Bangladesh is coming into this tournament facing back-to-back defeats against West Indies and Zimbabwe. They lost the series against West Indies by 2-0 and against Zimbabwe by 2-1. The team has opted for a new leader in Shakib-Al-Hasan, who has replaced Mahmudullah as the captain of the T20I side.
Bangladesh will be hoping for a change of fortunes under their new leader and will make a fresh start in this tournament. They managed to reach the finals of the last two editions of the Asia Cup but failed to win the competition. They will finally look to break the jinx and get their hands on the coveted trophy at last.
Probable Playing XI: Mohammad Naim, Anamul Haque, Shakib Al Hasan (c), Afif Hossain, Mahmudullah, Sabbir Rahman, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehidy Hasan, Mohammad Saifuddin, Nasum Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman
Asia Cup 2022 3rd match Group B, Bangladesh vs Afghanistan
Date – 30th August 2022, 7:30 pm
Venue – Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
Live Broadcast and Streaming – The game can be watched live on TV on Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 Hindi while the live streaming will be available on Hotstar.
The wicket in Sharjah Cricket stadium has been a batting paradise of late as seen in the Indian T20 League. The batters can go absolute bonkers right from the word go. However, the behaviour of the wicket will get more clear as the game progresses. The captain winning the toss might look to bowl first as both the games in the tournament so far have been won by teams batting second.