Afghanistan A’s hopes of winning the unofficial ODI series against Bangladesh A got delayed by the rain. The 4th match of the series got washed out after 48.2 overs of play. The game was reduced to 44 overs-a-side due to wet outfield. It was further reduced to 40 overs when Bangladesh were 173/7 in 38.4 overs. Hosts resumed their innings and were bowled out on the last ball of the 40th over.
They could only add three more runs to their total with Naveen-ul-Haq bagging his maiden List A 5-wicket haul. However, the Duckworth-Lewis Stern method revised the target to 187. Afghanistan A began their chase aggressively as the openers added 57 runs in only 8.2 overs. Unfortunately, the rain returned and no more play was possible. Ibrahim Zadran scored his 7th consecutive 25+ on this Bangladesh tour as he scored an unbeaten 30.
The 5th and final game of the 5-match Unofficial ODI series between Bangladesh A and Afghanistan A will be hosted by the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Prothisthan Ground in Savar.
The match starts at 9:00 AM local time (3:30 AM GMT) (8:30 AM IST).
The Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Prothisthan Ground in Savar was no different from Chattogram as there was early help for the pacers. The venue has not hosted a List A game or a Youth ODI in the last ten years until the washed-out game on Friday. Scores around 240 can be expected in this match.
Average first innings score: N/A
Record of chasing teams: N/A
Probable Playing XIs:
Imrul Kayes (C), Naim Sheikh, Zakir Hasan, Fazle Rabbi, Afif Hossain, Jaker Ali (WK), Shafiqul Islam, Mahedi Hasan, Abu Hider Rony, Abu Jayed Rahi, Nazmul Islam.
Bench – Minhajul Abedin Afridi.
Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (WK), Usman Ghani, Nasir Jamal (C), Shahidullah Kamal, Darwish Rasooli, Karim Janat, Fazal Niazi, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Fareed Malik, Zia ur Rahman Akbar.
Bench – Munir Ahmad, Qais Ahmad, Naveen ul Haq, Sayed Ahmad Shirzad, Mirwais Ashraf.
(Will be added when there is an update)
Naveen ul Haq in List A cricket since the start of 2017:
18 wickets from 11 matches at an average of 36.22 and a strike rate of 32.89. He took a 4-wicket haul and a 5-wicket haul in those 11 games.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options – Ibrahim Zadran, Afif Hossain, Karim Janat, Fazle Rabbi
Vice-Captain Options – Abu Jayed Rahi, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Imrul Kayes, Sharafuddin Ashraf
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Rahmanullah Gurbaz
Batsmen – Ibrahim Zadran (C), Imrul Kayes, Nasir Jamal, Fazle Rabbi
All-Rounders – Afif Hossain (VC), Mahedi Hasan, Sharafuddin Ashraf
Bowlers – Karim Janat, Abu Jayed Rahi, Naveen-ul-Haq
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Jaker Ali
Batsmen – Usman Ghani, Ibrahim Zadran, Imrul Kayes
All-Rounders – Afif Hossain, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Shahidullah Kamal
Bowlers – Abu Hider Rony, Abu Jayed Rahi (C), Karim Janat (C), Qais Ahmed
With the series result on the line, neither of the teams are expected to make major changes. Afghanistan A brought back main bowlers in the previous match but rain spoiled their efforts. In case of delayed start and late updates of the toss, picking core players will be helpful.
Afghanistan A is expected to win this series, with a 3-1 lead if the weather permits.
*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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