Afghanistan and Bangladesh will play the second match of the day when India takes on Pakistan in Dubai. No one imagined that Sri Lanka would be out of the Asia Cup before the tournament started. But, they were first shocked by Bangladesh and then Afghanistan took their best effort to defeat the once mighty Asian team. After an exciting group match on 20th September, Bangladesh and Afghanistan are meeting again for a Super Four Match. The last time they played, the match had no consequence. Both teams had already qualified. However, stakes are much higher this time. The win for any of these teams would mean moving closer to the final spot.
Can Afghanistan deliver here again? The rise of Afghanistan in the cricketing field has been appreciated b everyone. From nowhere today they are a test team. And their rise is not yet over. They have one of the best bowling units today. And this unit becomes more deadly if the pitch is spin friendly. Can you think of any spin trio as deadly as Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi and Mujeeb Ur Rahman in the recent history? Rashid Khan is already touted as the best ODI spinner of his generation. These names are already on people’s lips. They are known faces and regularly play in International circuits. However, the batting department of Afghanistan is not as strong as this bowling unit. Their opening pair can be demolished. The middle order and lower middle order does not have a strong name. In such condition, they need to perform as a unit. And then wish their spin trio strikes terror among the opposition batting unit.
|Match||Afghanistan vs Bangladesh, Super Four, Match 4|
|Date||23 September 2018 (50-over match)|
|Time||11:30 AM GMT / 03:30 PM LOCAL|
|Venue||Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi|
Bangladesh has seen what Afghanistan is seeing today. Once a minnow, they are a rising power today. They can defeat any team on any day. In past, India, Pakistan, England, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand have tasted defeat. They regularly beat West Indies today. They have a stronger betting lineup with the likes of Tamim, Mushifiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, and Mithun. The bonus is Shakib who is still among the world’s best all-rounders. Mustafizur, Mortaza and Shakib can also counter the bowling trio of Afghanistan and match them equally.
The match will be between two rising powers of cricket. Afghanistan might have the millions of prayers behind them. They are loved by everyone and everyone wants them to win, but Bangladesh might be slightly ahead of them.