Afghanistan A continued their winning spree in Bangladesh as they took 1-0 lead in the 5-match unofficial ODI series after winning the 2-match unofficial Test series by 1-0 margin. The 2nd string Afghan team chased down the target of 202 runs without losing a wicket and 37 balls to spare during the game played in Chattogram. Bangladesh A, who batted first, setlled with only 201/8 in their 50 overs.
Bangladesh A added 52 runs for the first wicket in only 8.2 overs. Once the Afghans got the breakthrough, the home team failed to score quickly and lost wickets as well. Afif Hossain’s 71-ball 59 saved further embarrassment for the hosts. The keeper-batsman Rahmanullah Gurbaz scored an unbeaten 105 from 138 deliveries while his partner Ibrahim Zadran (86* off 125) scored his 3rd consecutive fifty on the tour.
The 2nd game of the 5-match Unofficial ODI series between Bangladesh A and Afghanistan A will be hosted by the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram.
The match starts at 9:30 AM local time (3:30 AM GMT) (9:00 AM IST).
The Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium had seam movement for the pacers during the first innings. A minimum of 260 is needed to win batting first at this venue but Bangladesh A were 50 runs short during the first ODI.
Average first innings score: 246 (Day List A matches since 2017)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 3, Lost – 2
Probable Playing XIs:
Imrul Kayes, Anamul Haque, Afif Hossain, Mohammad Mithun, Sabbir Rahman, Fazle Rabbi, Farhad Reza, Mahedi Hasan, Rubel Hossain, Abu Jayed Rahi, Nazmul Apu.
Bench – Abu Hider Rony, Naim Sheikh, Minhajul Abedin Afridi.
Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (WK), Usman Ghani, Nasir Jamal (C), Darwish Rasooli, Karim Janat, Fazal Niazi, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Qais Ahmad, Naveen ul Haq, Sayed Ahmad Shirzad.
Bench – Zia ur Rahman Akbar, Munir Ahmad, Shahidullah Kamal, Fareed Malik, Mirwais Ashraf.
(Will be added when there is an update)
Ibrahim Zadran scores in the tour of Bangladesh:
In unofficial Tests – 37, 76*, 96
In unofficial ODIs – 86* (125)
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options – Ibrahim Zadran, Afif Hossain, Usman Ghani, Anamul Haque, Qais Ahmad
Vice-Captain Options – Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Farhad Reza, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Darwish Rasooli
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Anamul Haque
Batsmen – Usman Ghani, Ibrahim Zadran (VC), Mohammad Mithun
All-Rounders – Karim Janat, Afif Hossain (VC), Farhad Reza
Bowlers – Qais Ahmad, Naveen ul Haq, Rubel Hossain
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Rahmanullah Gurbaz (VC)
Batsmen – Darwish Rasooli, Ibrahim Zadran, Imrul Kayes, Sabbir Rahman
All-Rounders – Afif Hossain (C), Sharafuddin Ashraf, Farhad Reza
Bowlers – Qais Ahmad, Nazmul Apu, Sayed Ahmad Shirzad
Anamul Haque and Farhad Reza are in the Bangladesh squad for ODI series against Sri Lanka. There is no update about when they will join the main squad for touring Sri Lanka. However, the duo expected to play the 2nd unofficial ODI on Sunday.
Afghanistan A is expected to continue their good form and take a 2-0 lead.
*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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