Who: Afghanistan vs Bangladesh
The place: HPCA Stadium, Dharamsala, India
When: Saturday, October 7, 10:30am (05:00 GMT)
A month after Bangladesh beat Afghanistan within the Asia Cup, the 2 South Asian groups will face off for his or her opening match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 on the picturesque HPCA stadium in Dharamsala.
It is going to be Afghanistan’s third look at ICC Cricket World Cup since their debut in 2015 after they had been dubbed the rising stars of the sport. They’ve now constructed a fame as world-beaters and boast one of many world’s largest stars in leg-spinning all-rounder Rashid Khan.
Khan shall be ably supported within the spin division by former captain Mohammad Nabi and younger off-spinner Mujib Ur Rahman because the crew look to make it previous the group stage for the primary time.
Afghanistan captain Hashmatullah Shahidi has stated his crew is “completely prepared” for his or her third Cricket World Cup.
“We have now had conferences, we ready ourselves and we all know them [Bangladesh] very nicely, so we’ll play accordingly and we’ll strive our greatest as a crew to bounce again on this recreation in opposition to them.”
In the meantime, their opponents Bangladesh shall be trying to transfer previous the pre-tournament controversies that stemmed from the squad choice and get a win on the board.
The one earlier event when captain Shakib al-Hasan’s aspect made it to the quarterfinals was on the 2015 version in Australia and New Zealand.
Their Sri Lankan coach Chandika Hathurusingha has stated he’ll accept nothing lower than a semifinal end this time as they play in close-to-home circumstances in India.
“Yeah, all of us need to win the World Cup … if we win four-five video games, we give ourselves an opportunity to get to the semifinal – that’s our first intention,” Hathurusingha stated.
Bangladesh will miss the providers of their main ODI batter Tamim Iqbal, who continues to grapple with again points.
Nevertheless, upcoming batter Towhid Hridoy, who has been marked as one of many future, and Tanzid Hasan Tamim of Bangladesh’s Underneath-19 World Cup-winning crew will look to profit from the chance.
ICC Cricket World Cup 2023
Bangladesh 🆚Afghanistan 🏏
Venue: Dharamsala (India) | Date: October 07, 2023 | Time: 11:00 AM(BST)
— Bangladesh Cricket (@BCBtigers) October 6, 2023
Face to face
Bangladesh and Afghanistan performed 15 ODIs, of which Bangladesh have received 9 and Afghanistan six.
Each of their conferences within the ICC Cricket World Cup (in 2015 and 2019) have gone Bangladesh’s manner.
Regardless of holding the higher hand in opposition to Saturday’s opponents, Bangladesh have had their justifiable share of losses in latest ODIs.
Afghanistan have suffered a string of defeats within the recently-concluded Asia Cup regardless of boasting a proficient line-up.
Afghanistan: L L L L L
Bangladesh: L L W L L
Bangladesh: Litton Das, Tanzid Hasan, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mushfiqur Rahim (wicketkeeper), Shakib al-Hasan (captain), Mahmudullah, Mahedi Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Tanzim Hasan Sakib
Afghanistan: Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wicketkeeper), Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Hashmatullah Shahidi (captain), Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Noor Ahmad, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Naveen ul Haq