Both teams will play their first ever ODI match at this Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala venue. The highest total of the venue is 330/6 scored by the home team against Windis in 2014. But still it’s not high scoring ground. Because a total of four ODI’s has been hosted at this ground, India scored 112 all out against Sri Lanka in 2017. 190 scored by New Zealand in 2016, India scored 226 runs in 2013.
Pitch and weather:
India collapsed to 29 for 7 in the last ODI held at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Ground six years ago. It suggests swing and seam movement for an early start. There have, however, been big scores in the two IPL matches held here this year. The hilly town is expected to have crisp weather.
Afghanistan vs Bangladesh Highlights 2023, Saturday 7-10, 3rd Match ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala.
“It’s chasing ground and there should be some help for seamers early on,” says Shakib. “It’s exciting to represent your country for the fifth time in the World Cup. We have got the team to perform well. It’s important to start well.”
“We are excited about the World Cup in India,” says Shahidi. “We have got a very good and well-prepared side this time. Some of our players have the IPL experience. Even those who haven’t played the IPL know the conditions because India is our home. So that advantage is there.”
Toss: Bangladesh chose to field.
Afghanistan team: 1 Rahmanullah Gurbaz, 2 Ibrahim Zadran, 3 Rahmat Shah, 4 Hashmatullah Shahidi (capt), 5 Mohammad Nabi, 6 Najibullah Zadran, 7 Azmatullah Omarzai, 8 Rashid Khan, 9 Mujeeb Ur Rahman, 10 Naveen-ul-Haq, 11 Fazalhaq Farooqi.
Bangladesh team: 1 Litton Das, 2 Tanzid Hasan, 3 Najmul Hossain Shanto, 4 Mehidy Hasan Miraz, 5 Shakib Al Hasan (capt), 6 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 7 Towhid Hridoy, 8 Mahmudullah, 9 Taskin Ahmed, 10 Shoriful Islam, 11 Mustafizur Rahman.
Head to Head In ODI’s: 15
Afghanistan Won: 6
Bangladesh Won: 9
Afghanistan ODI Rankings: 9th
Bangladesh ODI Rankings: 8th
(last five completed ODI’s, most recent first)
Match Timings: 5:00 AM GMT | 10:00 AM Local
Umpires – Joel Wilson, Kumar Dharmasena
TV Umpire – Ahsan Raza
Match Referee – Andy Pycroft
Reserve Umpire – Marais Erasmus
Match number – ODI no. 4660
Post Match Presentation
We had a good start but at the middle after fall of first wicket, we had bad shot selection but their bowlers bowled very tight. I think we fought well (in the field) but the score wasn’t enough. Still we had a good fight and we look forward to our upcoming games. We should learn from our mistakes and we have to (focus) on the England game
Shakib Al Hasan:
We didn’t get the start we wanted, everyone believed once we get a wicket, we could get more (quickly). It wasn’t easy but I am very happy the way we bowled. We have been training really hard in the last few days and we didn’t want to make any excuse that the ground isn’t ideal and we talked about that in the dressing room (that we have to adjust and play well despite the conditions) I am happy to contribute with my bowling, as I said all our five bowlers chipped in, they contributed, spinners played a bigger role but it’s a long tournament, I am sure fast bowlers will contribute more. Mehidy, Shanto…these are our inform players; they are always confident and want to do well for the team.
It’s a great moment for me. I did a lot of hard work in the past. The team management deserves credit. I was a little bit cautious in my mind early on while bowling but the captain told me to bowl at the right areas and told me to be consistent and that gave me confidence so credit goes to the captain. (on batting) I go for ball by ball and how to get better on this surface. The wicket was turning a little bit but I tried to stay (on the crease). I always play at number 8 so it was a great opportunity to bat in the top order. I always have the hungriness so definitely it’s a great moment for me to perform.
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