The continuous stride of Afghanistan onto the ladder of success has everyone in awe. They defeated Hong Kong comprehensively and look poised to win the 2015-17 ICC Intercontinental Cup. On the other hand, another minnows Bangladesh have also done well recently. They have registered their maiden Test wins over England and Australia recently and are giving tough fight to top teams in limited-overs cricket.
Cricwizz takes a look at few common things between the two teams.
Competitive spirit: Both the teams are equally competitive in all departments of the game. They do not go down without a fight. Whenever their backs are against the wall, they will come up with an inspiring performance to lift the team and take it across the line. Samiullah Shenwari has done the job for Afghanistan whenever chips are down. For Bangladesh, Shakib Al Hasan is the rescuer, having taken his team across finish line on many occasions.
Attacking set of batsmen: Afghanistan have attacking batsmen in Mohammad Shahzad, Javed Ahmadi, Asghar Stanikzai, Rahmat Shah. The list is endless. Bangladesh too boast of few world-class batsmen in Tamim Iqbal, Sabbir Rahman, and skipper Mushfiqur Rahim himself. Their batting is one of their biggest strengths. They usually look to bat the opposition out of the match.
Quality all-rounders: If Afghanistan have Mohammad Nabi as an inspiring all-rounder, then Bangladesh boast of the No 1 all-rounder in world cricket in Shakib Al Hasan. Although Nabi is still a work-in-progress, Shakib has a rich experience of international cricket. Shakib is a match-winner who can win a match on either of his skills. However, Nabi is more of an impact player, contributing to the team’s cause with his cameos.
World-class spinners: Afghanistan have Rashid Khan who is currently regarded as one of the best leg-spinners in world cricket. Rashid has made rapid strides in all forms of cricket. Bangladesh have Shakib and Mehedi Hasan Miraz as their trump cards. But none of the two Bangladesh players match the success of Rashid Khan in recent times.
A quality limited-overs team: Afghanistan have just been given the Test status and hence, they are yet to be tested in the longer version of the game. But when it comes to limited-overs cricket, they have one of the best records among associate nations. They narrowly lost an ODI series against Bangladesh the last time. Bangladesh too have grown into a quality limited-overs team. There is not much to separate the two teams.