Afghanistan had put together a winning streak of 12 matches in the T20I format before they had to face a series of defeats. The last one is at the hands of Bangladesh in the 6th match of the Tri-series being played in Bangladesh. Afghanistan will be looking to set things straight and the tri-series title is at stake. They are waiting for a report on the fitness of their ace spinner Rashid Khan as they prepare for the finals tomorrow. If you take into account the head to head between the two teams for this series, they are locked at one all. Afghanistan won the first match by 25 runs while Bangladesh did the trick in the second by 4 wickets. These are two evenly matched sides going up for the tri-series title and it is a mouthwatering final on the cards as a result.
Afghanistan team preparations
Afghanistan who looked invincible at one stage in the series has beaten twice in a row now. The world record 12 match winning streak was brought to a grinding halt by Zimbabwe. To make matters worse Bangladesh handed them another defeat in the last match of the league stage. The fitness of their skipper and main bowling weapon Rashid Khan will be another worry for them. He had to pull up with an injured left hamstring in the last match between these two countries. They were limited to 138 for 7 in their last match against Bangladesh mainly because of a superb spell of bowling by Afif Hossain taking 2 wickets for 9 runs in 3 overs. Afghanistan handed some early blows to Bangladesh but Shakib Al Hasan ensured that his 45 ball 70 was enough to guide Bangladesh to a win.
Bangladesh team preparations
Bangladesh had to work hard for their first win of the series but then they have become more comfortable with their team combination and are looking in good shape going into finals of the tri-series. The last two victories have been relatively more comfortable. Batting department has been a little disappointing for them with only Mahmudullah collecting runs in the excess of 100 runs for the series. The Bangladesh spinners have also been surprisingly low key in the tournament and have not made a major contribution so far. Their paceman Mohammad Saifuddin has been superb so far as he picked 7 wickets with an average of 13.71 which included a 4 wicket haul. Will the spinners step up for the final and support him? It remains to be seen.
Bangladesh performance during the last few months has not been up to mark in the T20I arena. Afghanistan, on the other hand, has played out of their skins and have a record that will be an envy to more established sides. All-in-all I will go with Bangladesh for the final keeping in mind the home ground advantage and current form.
The Venue, Match Timing, and TV & Live Streaming
Venue: Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka.
Timing: Tuesday, September 24, 2019, 6 PM IST, 12.30 PM GMT.
TV: Star Sports.
Live Streaming: Hotstar.