The 6th match of the T20I Tri-Series 2019 will be played between Bangladesh and Afghanistan at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram.
The match starts at 6:30 PM local time (12:30 PM GMT) (6:00 PM IST).
This series will be live on Star Sports. Live streaming is available on Hotstar.
We are down to the final league stage match of the T20I tri-series with hosts Bangladesh taking on Afghanistan at Chattogram. Both sides have already qualified for the finals reducing the match to essentially a dead-rubber. However, both sides will be looking to use this game as a dress rehearsal for the main event, especially the Tigers.
Bangladesh would be relieved from their performance in the last game against Zimbabwe. The under-fire batting order finally came good with Liton Das , Mushfiqur Rahim  and Mahmudullah  taking the mantle upon themselves to help their side post an eventual match-winning total of 7-175. But they’d know sterner tests awaits them in the form of the Afghanistan who are flying high on a 12-match winning streak.
The last time these two sides met, Mohammad Nabi, via a swashbuckling 54-ball-84, was the wrecker-in-chief for the Afghans with the bat, as was Mujeeb Ur Rahman [4-15] with the ball, and the duo along with skipper Rashid Khan will once again be the players to watch out for, come Saturday.
Inclement weather could continue to play spoil-sport at Chattogram. With the maximum temperature hovering around 31 degrees and a minimum of around 26 degrees, there are 50 percent chances of thunderstorms predicted for Saturday.
The pitch at Chattogram has been good for batting thus far in the series. However, with a lot of rain around there could be moisture in the pitch for the fast bowlers to exploit.
Average First Innings score: 145 (Last 18 T20Is)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 8, Lost -10
Probable Playing XIs
Liton Das, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Shakib Al Hasan (C), Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mahmudullah, Afif Hossain, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Taijul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman.
Bench – Mohammad Naim, Aminul Islam, Rubel Hossain, Shafiul Islam.
Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Hazratullah Zazai, Najeeb Tarkai, Ashgar Afghan, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Karim Janat, Rashid Khan [c], Fareed Malik, Mujeeb Ur-Rahman
Bench- Shafiqullah Shafiq, Fazal Niazai, Naveen-ul-Haq, Dawlat Zadran, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Shahidullah Kamal
Leg-spinner Aminul Islam suffered an injury on his debut game. He got injured while returning a ball of Masakadza’s shot resulting in him ending with three stitches in his hand.
Bangladesh: Liton Das , Mushfiqur Rahim  and Mahmudullah  finally came good with the bat in the last game, and the same would be expected of them against the rampaging Afghans. Aminul Islam suffered three stitches on his hand during the last game. Bangladesh might not want to risk him for the finals. Mohammad Saifuddin [6 wickets in 3 games] could be worth a punt in grand leagues.
Afghanistan: Once again Superman Nabi [122 runs in 2 games]- the leading run-scorer of the series- will be the one to watch out for on Saturday. Along with Nabi, Ashgar Afghan [54 in 2 games] and Najibullah Zadran [74 runs in 2 games] will spearhead the batting line-up. Rashid Khan [4 wickets in 2 games] and Mujin Ur-Rahman [4 wickets in 2 games] will lead the bowling unit.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection
Captaincy Options: Mohammad Nabi, Shakib Al Hasan, Asghar Afghan
Vice-Captaincy Options: Mahmudullah, Mushfiqur Rahim, Rashid Khan
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues
Wicket-keeper– Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Liton Das
Batsmen– Asghar Afghan, Najibullah Zadran, Mahmudullah [vc]
All-Rounders- Mohammad Nabi [c], Shakib Al Hasan
Bowlers– Rashid Khan, Mustafizur Rahman, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mujeeb ur Rahman
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues
Wicket-keeper– Rahmanullah Gurbaz
Batsmen– Asghar Afghan, Hazratullah Zazai, Mahmudullah
All-Rounders- Mohammad Nabi [vc], Shakib Al Hasan [c], Gulbadin Naib, Mosaddek Hossain
Bowlers– Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Farid Malik, Mohammad Saifuddin
With a lot of rain around, there could be moisture for the fast bowlers to exploit. Thus making a fast bowler as captain/vice-captain could be worth a punt.
Afghanistan is in red-hot form and has been no match to any side in the competition thus far. However, with Bangladesh showing signs of regaining form in the last fixture, one can expect a tough fight from them, unlike the previous game that these two sides played. Afghanistan still starts as favourites going into tomorrow’s encounter.
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