Afghanistan cricket team is a group of young passionate cricketers. Players from countries like Bangladesh and Afghanistan grow up watching the greats of the Indian and Pakistan cricket teams, but both teams are inspired by Indian players. As in the case of Mohammed Shahzad who considers MS Dhoni his idol. This is the quintessential passion for the game.
Bangladesh has been performing very well lately. However, their victories against (Pakistan, India and South Africa) have been at home and that too in the 50-over format. When it comes to the T20 format, both teams are well matched and are capable of defending or chasing a total.
The Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Dehradun, where the first T20I match between Bangladesh and Afghanistan will be hosted is an international standard stadium. This state-of-the-art stadium has five main pitches and five practice pitches.
The pitch here is perfect for bounce, thanks to the small amount of green. However, even spinners will love this pitch. So, bowlers from both sides should be able to showcase their talent. It will definitely be a game that will be controlled by bowlers. How well the batsmen respond to the challenge will determine the outcome of the match.
While most cricket fans will expect Bangladesh to win the encounter, it will be Afghanistan which will make its mark during the match. Here are some reasons why Afghanistan will have a winning match:
The Afghanistan team has won hearts of cricket aficionados over the last few years. They have showed the world that they have talent and potential.
Rashid Khan is a very special talent who needs to be groomed to take wickets, and IPL 2018 has helped in this regard. Hopefully, with time he will be among the leading wicket-taking bowlers of the world.
Tall Hamid Hassan is a great medium pacer, and will be among the wicket-takers for Afghanistan.
Dawlat Zadran is getting older, but still is a delight to watch. Shenwari and Nabi are decent bowlers and have the experience. They have been representing their country since its inception into the big league.
Afghanistan’s strength is its bowling while Bangladesh is still trying to take wickets and close matches.
Looking at all the above points, Afghanistan has better chances of winning the first T20I match on 3 June 2018.