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Bangladesh will be going as a favorite to win the match as they have a better record in a test match, and the last match they played was against Ireland, in which they won the match by 7 wickets on day 4th of the test match, which shows the dominance of them in that match.
Their batting and bowling unit is quite good, but against the big teams, they fail to win many matches, and even they lost against Afghanistan in the test match. The match points will be added to the World Test Championship points table for 2025.
Bangladesh is once again finding their rhythm back to get into the top 8 ranked team in the ICC ranking because recently they started to lose more and only won in their home series with turning tracks. They are in the 9th position in the test ranking, played 18 matches, and gathered 805 points from it.
Afghanistan will be positive to go against Bangladesh in the test match because they won their last test match against them, but it’s been a long time since Afghanistan played test cricket. The last time they played a test match was against Zimbabwe in 2021.
Afghanistan won their last match against Zimbabwe by 6 wickets, in which Hashmatullah Shahidi became the player of the match after scoring a double century in the 1st innings of the match. Asghar Afghan also scored 164 runs in that match, and Rashid Khan took 11 wickets in that match to help his team to win the match.
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) also considered giving more breaks in the test match between Bangladesh vs Afghanistan as the temperature will be above 40 degrees which are going to make it very hard for the players to perform, especially for fast bowlers and wicketkeepers who have to work harder in comparison to other players.
BCB agreed to give more breaks in the series against West Indies ‘A’, and they also said that the temperature is quite high, which is why we need to give more breaks because the players need them to keep performing well throughout the match as during the summertime it is very hard for the bowlers to bowl more the 5 overs in one spell.
Bangladesh vs Afghanistan will be an exciting match. Do know the playing 11, pitch report, team prediction, and player’s stats.
Bangladesh vs Afghanistan Head-to-Head Record
Bangladesh and Afghanistan played only one test match against each other in which the Afghanistan team came as winner, which is surprising because Bangladesh has been in test cricket for a long time. Afghanistan won the match by 224, which is a huge margin in test cricket. Rashid Khan was the player of the match after taking 11 wickets and scoring 75 runs in the match, showing his all-round performance.
Bangladesh vs Afghanistan: Test Match Pitch Report of Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka
|Match Played||25 matches|
|Batting first won||12 matches won|
|Batting second won||10 matches won|
|Average 1st innings scores||331 runs|
|Average 2nd innings scores||319 runs|
|Average 3rd innings scores||234 runs|
|Average 4th innings scores||175 runs|
|Highest Team innings total||730/6 by Sri Lanka|
|Lowest Team innings total||87 by Bangladesh|
Shere Bangla National Stadium pitch is quite neutral, but it does favor more to bowlers as the average first innings score is 331 runs and the 4th innings score is 175 runs. The pace bowlers do have more wickets on this ground compared to spin bowlers.
Bangladesh’s pitch always favored spinners more, which is why most foreign teams like England and Australia lost the ODI and T20 matches in Bangladesh.
The last match played on this pitch was between Bangladesh vs Ireland, in which spinners performed quite well from both sides. Spinners took 20 wickets out of 33 wickets fell in that match which clearly a sign that spin bowlers will have the advantage.
Bangladesh vs Afghanistan: Team Preview of Bangladesh Test Team
Bangladesh will be confident to play against Afghanistan at home ground, but they need to be careful because Afghanistan has some quality spinners who can hurt them if the pitch is going to favor spinners more in the match.
Bangladesh’s team needs to perform better if they want to gain some rank in the ICC Test Ranking. The batters are not performing well for the team, and most of the matches that the team won are because of their bowlers.
Important players who can perform well against the Afghanistan team in the only test are:
1- Shakib Al Hasan is one of the best all-rounders in the world of cricket and one of the main players who kept Bangladesh in the top 10 ranking in tests and ODI because he does everything for his team. He is ranked 3rd in the world and was ranked 1st not long before. He played 66 test matches in which he scored 4454 runs with an average of 39.07 and also took 233 wickets which clearly shows his dominating performance. In the last match against Afghanistan, He scored 87 runs and took 2 wickets.
2- Mehidy Hasan Miraz is another all-rounder from Bangladesh who can be crucial for the team as he can contribute with bat and ball. He took 9 wickets in the last match against Ireland and also scored 55 runs. He played 38 test matches, scoring 1197 runs with an average of 19 and taking 148 runs.
3- Mushfiqur Rahim is one of the most experienced batsmen in the Bangladesh team and one of the best, as in the last 7 matches, he scored 625 runs with an average of 56.81.
4-Taijul Islam has become the core member of the Bangladesh team in test matches as he took 31 wickets in 6 matches, and that too with an economy of just 2.60.
Bangladesh vs Afghanistan: Team Preview of Afghanistan Test Team
Afghanistan Cricket team has been one of the most prolific teams in the world right now, and how they are rising their performance is just commendable. They are the 12th team in the world who are a test-playing nation, and in the span of 5 years, they did quite well in test matches.
They even defeated Bangladesh in the past by a huge margin of 224 which clearly shows their ability to perform in the hardest format of the game. There are lots of amazing players in the Afghanistan team who are playing in many big leagues like Big Bash and IPL.
One of the bad news for Afghanistan is that Rashid Khan will not be going to play in the test match, which was one of the best players for the Afghanistan cricket team.
Important players who can perform well against the Bangladesh team in the only test are:
1- Ibrahim Zadran has been in sensational form recently, as he scored 3 centuries in 11 ODI matches and recently also scored 98 against Sri Lanka in the 1st ODI. However, he played 4 test matches and scored 356 runs with an average of 44.50, which is quite well for any batter. He also took one wicket in test matches, which surprised him.
2- Yamin Ahmadzai is one of the underrated players from the Afghanistan side, as he has played quite a few matches till now, but he did leave some impact in every match he played. He picked 11 wickets in 5 matches in the test, but his first-class record is quite good, and if there will be some assistance for the pace bowler, then he can make use of it.
3- Amir Hamza has been sensational in the test match, and in just 3 matches, he picked up 16 wickets which is one of the best start anyone can get.
It will be an exciting match between two lower-rank teams, and they will fight for the win in the match.
Full Squad of Bangladesh for the test match against Afghanistan
Litton Das (c & wk), Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Zakir Hasan (wk), Tamim Iqbal, Taijul Islam, Mominul Haque, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Taskin Ahmed, Khaled Ahmed, Ebadot Hossain, Shahadat Hossain, Musfik Hasan, Shoriful Islam.
Full Squad of Afghanistan for the test match against Bangladesh
Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Rahmat Shah (vc), Afsar Zazai (wk), Ikram Alikhil (wk), Ibrahim Zadran, Karim Janat, Izharulhaq Naveed, Yamin Ahmadzai, Zahir Khan, Amir Hamza, Bahir Shah, Abdul Malik, Mohammad Ibrahim, Nasir Jamal, Nijat Masood. Reserves: Noor Ali Zadran, Azmatullah Omarzai, Sayed Shirzad, Zia-ur-Rehman.
Bangladesh vs Afghanistan: Probable Playing 11 of Bangladesh
Tamim Iqbal, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mominul Haque, Shakib Al Hasan(c), Mushfiqur Rahim, Litton Das(w), Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taijul Islam, Ebadot Hossain, Shoriful Islam, Khaled Ahmed
Bangladesh vs Afghanistan: Probable Playing 11 of Afghanistan
Ibrahim Zadran, Javed Ahmadi, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Nasir Jamal, Afsar Zazai(w), Asghar Afghan(c), Shahidullah Kamal, Noor Ali, Amir Hamza, Sayed Shirzad
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