T20 World Cup 2024, AFG vs BAN: Probable XI & Players to watch out for | Afghanistan vs Bangladesh

Jun 24, 2024

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Afghanistan are gearing up for a pivotal clash against Bangladesh in the final Super 8 match of the T20 World Cup 2024 at Arnos Vale Ground, Kingstown, St Vincent. This Match holds significant implications for both teams’ semi-final aspirations.

Afghanistan eyes semi-final berth after Australia upset

After a thrilling 21-run victory over Australia, Afghanistan are riding high and aiming to secure a spot in the semi-finals. Afghanistan’s pathway to the semi-finals is now clearer, but it is not solely in their hands. They must deliver a strong performance in their upcoming match against Bangladesh. Victory in this match is crucial for Afghanistan, but their fate will also depend on the outcome of another critical encounter: India versus Australia. Afghanistan’s hopes will be significantly buoyed if India manages to defeat Australia, thereby reducing the competition for the semi-final slots.

Bangladesh’s slim semi-final chances

Bangladesh, on the other hand, finds itself in a precarious position after losing both of their Super 8 matches. These losses have heavily dented their semi-final aspirations, placing them on the brink of elimination. To stay in contention, Bangladesh must not only secure a win against Afghanistan but also overcome the significant challenge posed by their low net run rate. This scenario requires Bangladesh to win by a substantial margin, which would boost their net run rate and keep their slim hopes alive. Even with a win against Afghanistan, their low net run rate poses a considerable obstacle to advancing further in the tournament.

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Afghanistan’s probable playing XI for the Super 8 game against Bangladesh:

Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk)
Ibrahim Zadran,
Hazratullah Zazai
Gulbadin Naib
Najibullah Zadran
Azmatullah Omarzai
Mohammad Nabi
Rashid Khan (c)
Noor Ahmad
Fazalhaq Farooqi

Key players to watch out for Afghanistan:

Rashid Khan (C):

Spin Bowling Maestro: Rashid Khan is Afghanistan’s premier spin bowler and captain. His ability to bowl accurate leg-spin with variations in pace and flight makes him a constant threat to opposition batters. Rashid not only contains runs but also picks up crucial wickets in all phases of the game.
Leadership: As the captain, Rashid provides strategic guidance and boosts team morale. His experience in international cricket and tactical acumen play a pivotal role in Afghanistan’s performance.

Mohammad Nabi:

All-round Consistency: Mohammad Nabi is known for his all-round abilities, contributing with both bat and ball. His off-spin bowling is effective in restricting opposition batters, particularly in the middle overs. Nabi’s experience and calm demeanor add stability to Afghanistan’s middle order batting.
Finisher: Nabi’s role as a finisher in the batting lineup is crucial. His ability to accelerate the run rate and score quick runs towards the end of innings often proves decisive in close matches.

Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk):

Wicketkeeper-Batter: Rahmanullah Gurbaz provides solidity as a wicketkeeper-batter at the top of the order. His aggressive batting style and ability to score quick runs give Afghanistan momentum in the powerplay overs.
Fielding Skills: Gurbaz’s role behind the stumps ensures the team maintains high standards in fielding. His agility and quick reflexes contribute to crucial dismissals and prevent extra runs.

Bangladesh’s probable playing XI for the Super 8 game against Afghanistan:

Liton Das (wk)
Tanzid Hasan
Nazmul Hossain Shanto (c)
Shakib Al Hasan
Towhid Hridoy
Mahedi Hasan
Taskin Ahmed
Rishad Hossain
Tanzim Hasan Sakib
Mustafizur Rahman

Key players to watch out for Bangladesh:

1. Shakib Al Hasan:

All-round Excellence: Shakib Al Hasan is a pivotal player for Bangladesh, known for his exceptional all-round abilities. With the bat, he provides stability in the middle order and can accelerate the scoring rate when required. As a left-arm spinner, Shakib is equally effective, often picking crucial wickets and maintaining control in the middle overs.
Experience and Leadership: Shakib’s experience and leadership qualities add immense value to the team. His tactical acumen and ability to perform under pressure make him a vital asset in both batting and bowling departments.

2. Mustafizur Rahman:

Left-arm Seam Bowling: Mustafizur Rahman is Bangladesh’s premier fast bowler, renowned for his deceptive variations and ability to bowl effective slower deliveries. His skills in the death overs, including yorkers and cutters, make him a potent weapon for restricting opposition batters.
Wicket-taking Ability: Mustafizur has a knack for breaking partnerships and taking key wickets at crucial junctures. His ability to swing the ball both ways adds an extra dimension to Bangladesh’s bowling attack.

3. Liton Das:

Wicketkeeping and Batting: Liton Das is an important player as the wicketkeeper-batter for Bangladesh. He provides stability behind the stumps and contributes with crucial innings in the batting order. Liton’s ability to score quick runs at the top of the order or consolidate the innings as required makes him a key player.
Fielding Skills: Liton’s agility and sharpness as a wicketkeeper add value to Bangladesh’s fielding efforts. His ability to affect dismissals and maintain high standards in fielding contributes significantly to the team’s overall performance.

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