BAN vs AFG- AFG Playing 11 vs BAN (Predicted), Match 03


Asia Cup 2022: BAN vs AFG- AFG Playing 11 vs BAN (Predicted), Match 03. Afghanistan will play against Bangladesh on 30th August, at 7:30 pm in the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Afghanistan brutalized Sri Lanka in the opening encounter to win the match by 8 wickets with nearly 10 overs remaining.

Their team has the capability to challenge any team in the T20 format and will look to win this match and seal their spot in the Super-4s comfortably.  Afghanistan gave a statement by winning their last match (Asia Cup 2022 opening fixture) as they were all over the Sri Lankan team.

Firstly their pace gun Fazalhaq Farooqi almost took a hat-trick and then the young gun Rahamanullah Gurbaz smashed 40 off 18 and led his side to victory. Bangladesh and Afghanistan have faced each other in 8 matches in T20Is. Out of these 8 games, Bangladesh has won 3 whereas Afghanistan has come out victorious on 5 occasions.

Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan
Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan (Credits: Twitter)

Afghanistan openers Hazaratullah Zazai (37 runs) and Rahmanullah Gurbaz (40 runs) took on the opposition attack against Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup 2022 opener scoring 83 runs in the small chase. They have a strong batting line-up with Najibullah Zadran, Ibrahim Zadran, Karim Janat, Mohammed Nabi, and Rashid Khan in their middle order.

Fazalhaq Farooqi
Fazalhaq Farooqi. Image-Twitter

Pace duo of Fazalhaq Farooqi and Naveen-Ul-Haq ran through the opposition top order to claim 3 wickets inside the first 2 overs. Spinners Mujeeb ur Rehman, Mohammed Nabi, and Rashid Khan took control of the middle overs with combined figures of 12-0-50-4 in the match. They have a strong bowling attack in both pace and spin bowling combinations. Fazalhaq Farooqi was MOM for recording figures of 3/11 in 3.4 overs.

Asia Cup 2022
Asia Cup 2022 Photo Credit: (Twitter)

A thrilling all-around performance saw Afghanistan crush Sri Lanka by eight wickets in the first game of the Asia Cup 2022. The bowlers set the foundation, reducing Sri Lanka to 5 for 3, with Fazalhaq Farooqi responsible for most of the carnage.

Despite a brief resurgence in the middle thanks to a 44-run stand between Danushka Gunathilaka and Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Afghanistan struck back hard, running through the lower order.

Naveen-ul-Haq, Mujeeb Ur Rehman, and Mohammad Nabi were all among the wickets, and despite late resistance from Chamika Karunaratne, the 105 Sri Lanka managed was woefully inadequate. It took the Afghan openers just 10.1 overs to take it down; Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Hazratullah Zazai racked up 83 runs in the Powerplay itself effectively ending the game as a contest right there.

Afghanistan 106 for 2 (Gurbaz 40*, Zazai 37, Hasaranga 1-19) beat Sri Lanka 105 all out (Rajapaksa 38, Farooqi 3-11, Nabi 2-14) by 8 wickets

Asia Cup 2022: BAN vs AFG- AFG Playing 11 vs BAN (Predicted), Match 03

Rahmanullah Gurbaz

Rahmanullah Gurbaz
Rahmanullah Gurbaz. Image: ACB

Rahmanullah Gurbaz will be the preferred opener for the Asia Cup 2022 due to the promising start to his career in the international arena. The young player may quickly eliminate the opposition’s momentum and can produce strong starts while batting as the top-order batter in the opening slot.

He has scored 716 runs averaging 25.57 in 28 T20Is, having debuted in T20Is in 2019. He scored 40 runs off only 18 balls (strike rate of 222.22) against Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup 2022 opener hitting 3 sixes and 4 fours before being bowled by Wanindu Hasaranga.


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