Bangladesh vs Afghanistan rivalry in cricket is a relatively new one, but it has quickly become one of the most exciting and competitive in the world. After dominating Afghanistan in a one-off Test, it is now time for the hosts to face the visitors in the ODI format. The first ODI is scheduled to take place on Wednesday at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong, Bangladesh.
Bangladesh has already qualified for the ODI World Cup and now the preparations have begun for the team. They will be hosting Afghanistan for three ODIs and Two T20 fixtures. The cricket betting sites have one-day international odds with them.
Afghanistan has also confirmed their name for the ODI world cup and they would like to start their preparations on a positive note as they face their arch-rivals Bangladesh in the away set-up.
Bangladesh again showed their strength at the home ground in the longest format of the game against Afghanistan. The hosts will be confident enough to showcase their strength in the 50-over format as well and prepare themselves for the upcoming ODI World Cup challenge. Tamim Iqbal will be the leading man with Taskin Ahmed making a comeback after recovering from his injury.
Shakib Al Hasan was missing in the red-ball format because of his finger injury but he has recovered from the same and will be available to play the first ODI.
Predicted Lineup: Tamim Iqbal ©, Najmul Hossain, Shakib Al Hasan, Litton Das, Towhid Hirdoy, Mushfiqur Rahim (Wk), Afif Hossain, Mehidy Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Ebadot Hossain
Afghanistan has qualified for the 2023 Cricket World Cup, and they will be looking to make a strong showing in the tournament. They have a talented team, and they have the potential to upset some of the bigger teams. It will be a ground for preparation for Hashmatullah Shahidi and his men. Rashid Khan has returned to the team & will be seen in action. Mujeeb ur Rahman, Ibrahim Zadran, and Mohammad Nabi will be the key players for the team.
Spinner Izharulhaq Naveed is the new face of the team but there are very few chances that he will make his presence in the first ODI.
Predicted Lineup: Rahmanullah Gurbaz (Wk), Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi ©, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Azmatullah Omarzai, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Zia ur Rehman
The two teams are evenly matched, and the matches between them are always close and exciting. However, because Bangladesh has always come out as a strong team on their home grounds, we predict a win for Bangladesh in the first ODI.