Here are all the important points that you should know before watching Bangladesh vs Afghanistan match of the Asia Cup 2022.
On Tuesday, August 30, at the renowned Sharjah Cricket Ground, Bangladesh will play the strong Afghans in their opening encounter of the 2022 Asia Cup. With the responsibility of turning around Bangladesh’s woes in the game’s shortest format, Shakib Al Hasan, the newly chosen captain, will be the center of attention.
In the previous two Asia Cup competitions, including the 2016 edition, which saw the tournament’s debut use of the T20I format, Bangladesh, not Pakistan, not Sri Lanka, or even India, came in second place.
Bangladesh has had a bad record recently
The recent past, however, has not been kind to Bangladesh in the game’s shortest version. Since the T20 World Cup last year, Bangladesh has only won two of the thirteen games it has played, and it enters the Asia Cup having lost a T20I series to Zimbabwe 1-2.
Bangladesh was placed in Group B, the group of death, and can’t afford to make a mistake right away because only two of the three teams in the group advance to the Super 4s. A victory on Tuesday will enable Mohammad Nabi’s team secure progression, therefore Afghanistan will be seeking to secure a spot in the Super 4.
It won’t be simple for Bangladesh to defeat Afghanistan, who will enter the match with a lot of confidence after crushing Sri Lanka by 8 wickets in their Asia Cup 2022 opener.
Afghanistan has a strong bowling
Bangladesh will play a confident Afghanistan in the Asia Cup on Tuesday, looking to improve its mediocre T20 record. The backbone of Sri Lanka’s batting had been destroyed by Afghanistan’s pacers Fazalhaq Farooqi and Naveen-ul-Haq, and their batters had successfully chased down the 105-run goal in 10.1 overs.
The spin three of Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, and Mujeeb Ur Rahman dominated Sri Lanka and will be eager to test their mettle against Bangladesh’s hitters, who are lacking in confidence as the continental championship approaches.
Dasun Shanaka, the captain of Sri Lanka, made fun of the Tigers by suggesting that Bangladesh was easier to defeat than Afghanistan in the lead-up to Bangladesh’s opening match. Mehedy Hasan, an all-rounder for Bangladesh, stated his squad would like to answer Shanaka’s statement on the field in a pregame interview.
Bangladesh vs Afghanistan, Asia Cup 2022 Squads
Mohammad Naim, Anamul Haque, Shakib Al Hasan (captain), Afif Hossain, Mushfiqur Rahim (wicketkeeper), Mahmudullah, Sabbir Rahman, Mahedi Hasan, Mohammad Saifuddin, Nasum Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Mosaddek Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Ebadot Hossain, Parvez Hossain Emon.
Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wicketkeeper), Ibrahim Zadran, Najibullah Zadran, Karim Janat, Mohammad Nabi (captain), Rashid Khan, Azmatullah Omarzai, Naveen-ul-Haq, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Samiullah Shinwari, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Afsar Zazai, Fareed Ahmad Malik, Usman Ghani, Noor Ahmad