The underdogs, Bangladesh and Afghanistan have given it all in this tournament and have impressed all the fans and teams so far.
Bangladesh now have 2 wins in this tournament. They registered their second win over West Indies last week.
Afghanistan have lost all their played matches so far, but have provided ample stand against all the teams they faced.
This battle will be between two Asian team that are currently not just fighting to leave a mark but to announce a strong presence in the World of cricket.
The spinners have played a crucial role for both the teams and will play a very important role in this match as well.
Bangladesh (Probable XI): Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (WK), Liton Das, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehidy Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza (C),Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman.
Afghanistan (Probable XI): Hazratullah Zazai, Noor Ali Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Gulbadin Naib (C), Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Ikram Ali Khil (WK), Rashid Khan, Aftab Alam, Hamid Hasan.
Shakib al Hasan vs Mohammad Nabi
Shakib is currently Bangladesh’s hero as the maestro is at his best at present. The all-rounder has 2 centuries and 2 half centuries in this tournament so far, along with 5 wickets.
The current best ODI all-rounder has a lot of hopes attached to him this World Cup and is expected to go ahead with his form to register a few more wins.
Nabi is not an unknown name in the World of Cricket. The veteran from Afghanistan is easily one of the best all-rounders in the ODI format at present. Nabi has also been performing for his side consistently with both bat and ball.
His last knock against India showcased his capability as a batsman and a stroke player. The 34 year old will be, however, a key player in this match as the pitch conditions will favour his slow off-spin.
Mehidy Hasan vs Rahmat Shah
The right arm off-spin bowler has been impressive throughout the tournament with his right-arm off-break and his contribution with the bat down the order.
Hasan has been a utility player for his team so far and is expected to play the same role throughout the tournament. The 21 year old has 34 wickets in 33 played ODI matches so far and has an economy of just 4.59.
Hasan has about 7 wickets in this tournament so far. The youngster will be expected to bowl the same way and claim a few scallops in this game as well.
Rahmat Shah is currently on of the most reliable batsman in the Afghanistan squad. The right-hander has been scoring runs at a consistence pace for his team in this tournament so far.
Shah is known for his ability to steer the innings and hold on to one end and give his partner the licence to break free. With an average of over 35 in ODIs, Rahmat is also known for his ability to counter spin.
It will be a real test for there batsman as the pitch condition would favour the slow spinners today.
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Today’s match will be played at Rose Bowl, which will favour the spinners as the pitch starting to open up.
It won’t be a high scoring game but team Cricwizz predicts that the sinners from both the sides will claim a lot of wickets. Shakib Al Hasan, Nabi and Rashid Khan will be expected to get a good grip on the pitch and generate a lot of turn to trouble the batsmen on crease.
It will be a close game but Bangladesh with their current form, will steal the match away from Afghanistan.