It’s the season for a lot of test cricket and why not? The first-ever ICC Test Championship kicked off last month and two countries have a new challenge ahead of them, with everyone set to play the same amount of test cricket. Bangladesh recently had a brilliant CWC 2019 after which they toured Sri Lanka and now, they host Afghanistan for a just one test match!
Afghanistan has only ever played 2 Tests in the history of their cricket, losing one to India and winning against Ireland in one. Bangladesh recently played Windies at home for 2 Tests and spinners picked up all 40 Caribbean wickets, so Afghanistan should be ready for a trial by spin. Keep reading for our Dotball (Sign-up and get Rs.51 FREE) fantasy preview of the BAN vs AFG single test match…
- Tournament: Afghanistan Tour of Bangladesh 2019.
- Date: 5-9 September 2019, 9:30am IST.
- Venue: Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chattogram.
- Capacity: 22,000+
- Series status: Only match of the series.
Form (recent first)
- BAN: L L W W W
- AFG: W L (only two tests played so far)
- Bangladesh have won only 2 of their 18 test matches at this ground.
- Mushfiqur Rahim – 1,115 runs in 15 previous tests here.
- Mominul Haque – 1,001 runs in only 8 previous tests here.
- Shakib al Hasan – a massive tally of 55 wickets in 15 tests here.
The home team is a bunch of tigers when they play at home and I’ll be picking all their spinners especially Shakib al Hasan, who is the leading wicket-taker at this ground, more than double the next best. This comes with 700+ runs at this ground. If playing a one-on-one contest for this game, Shakib has to be your captain. In grand leagues, we can experiment with more valuable picks. Shakib picked 11 wickets and scored 606 runs in 8 games at the recent CWC 2019!
Mushfiqur Rahim has been the backbone of this Bangladesh batting attack and he can be your wicket-keeper pick, with 1 century and 7 fifties and also being the leading run-scorer here. However, Mominul Haque has much better numbers here, average 80+ here with 6 centuries in 8 games. With the ball, drop the pacers completely and among the spinner, Taijul Islam is my favourite, who excels in the longest format of the game.
One practice match was played before this test match and it was drawn after Afghanistan put up 280+. Both openers scored fifties – Ihsanullah Janat and Ibrahim Zadran. I’d rather choose experience in my Dotball (Sign-up and get Rs. 51 FREE) fantasy team and that’s why I pick former captain Asghar Afghan/Stanikzai. Afghan had three 40+ scores in the World Cup and it shows that he isn’t afraid to take on any bowling attack in the world.
Of course, you will be wanting Mohammad Nabi in your team as there’s no one more experienced than him, having played in IPL and almost every other T20 league across the world. Nabi has only 4 wickets and 25 runs in 2 Tests so far, so he will want to better his test record. The 20-year old Zahir Khan picked 5/24 in the practice game and this comes after he’s bagged 30 wickets in 5 recent FC games for Mis-Ainak.
BAN vs AFG Betting
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— Read Scoops (@ReadScoops) September 4, 2019