When the second T20I is played between Afghanistan and Bangladesh at Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Dehradun, Uttarakhand, cricket lovers are going to be looking on with enthusiasm. The Bangladesh cricket team has been putting up an impressive performance in the recent months. Besides having wicket-taking medium pacers, the team now also has some of the best spinners of the world to complement their batting. For Afghanistan to make a difference and win the game, they have to keep their nerves and their celebrated players will have to put up impressive performances.
The pitch curator has always said that he wants to make the pitch a fair one for all types of bowlers rather than favoring one. With five main pitches, you can expect the Stadium to favor all types of bowlers. Hence, this match is going to keep everyone on their toes.
Afghanistan is higher ranked than Bangladesh, and they also have the world’s best spin bowler – young Rashid Khan. Mujeeb ur Rahman is the other spinner, who has impressed everyone with his spinning prowess. The other spinners are Amir Hamza Hotak and Zaheer Khan. While Afghanistan has a great bowling line up with spinners, their batting is dependent solely on skipper Ashgar Stanikzai, Mohammad Shahzad and all-round Mohammad Nabi.
While it is always difficult to predict the winner of a T20 match, in this instance, it is predicted that Bangladesh will come up on top even though it is ranked a couple of places below Afghanistan. Here are some reasons why Bangladesh will have a winning match:
While Bangladesh will not have the services of Mustafizur Rahman due to injury, they still have wicket-taking bowlers
Mossadek Hossein has received a call and his spinning bowling will come handy
Taskin Ahmed, the medium pacer, will be expected to take wickets and curtain Afghanistan’s score
Bangladesh has a flamboyant captain in Shakib Al Hasan, who has had a great run during the recently concluded VIVO IPL 2018
Afghanistan does not batting depth and relies primarily on the captain Stanikzai and opener Mohammad Shahzad.
Looking at all the above points, Bangladesh team has better chances of winning the second T20I when they play Afghanistan.