It was unfortunate for Bangladesh in the first ODI as rain completely demolished the plans of the hosts and Afghanistan won the hard-fought battle by 17 runs on the basis of the DLS Method. In the 2nd ODI, Bangladesh will be looking forward to a comeback, and Afghanistan on the other will be planning to cliche the series by scoring a win in the 2nd ODI.
Bangladesh will be disappointed but motivated to bounce back in the 2nd ODI. It was not an expected ending for the hosts in the first ODI. The cricket betting sites have odds with them for this ODI.
Afghanistan were in control of the first ODI since the beginning of the match. The bowlers didn't allow the hosts to dominate the fixture and the batters gave a solid start to the team.
The loss in the first ODI has raised some big questions for Bangladesh ahead of ODI World Cup. Tamim Iqbal, Litton Das, and Najmul Hasan Shanto completely failed to give the team a stable start. It was Towhid Hridoy who handled the innings at number by scoring 51 off 69 balls but the damage was already done. Shakib Al Hasan and Taskin Ahmed picked up one wicket each but that was not enough to control the run rate of the opposition.
Towhid Hridoy will be the key player for Bangladesh in the 2nd ODI.
Predicted Lineup: Tamim Iqbal (c), Litton Das, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Shakib Al Hasan, Towhid Hridoy, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Afif Hossain, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Hasan Mahmud
A positive start in the foreign pitch will be a major boost to the Afghan players. Getting an opportunity to bowl first, Fazalhaq Farooqi picked up 3 wickets at an economy of 2.77. Mujeeb ur Rahman and Rashid Khan picked up 2 wickets each and overall kept the opposition under control. Ibrahim Zardan was seen in a good rhythm of scoring runs for his team before as he remained on the pitch with 41 runs off 58 balls at a strike rate of 70.69. His momentum will be helpful for Afghanistan in the 2nd ODI as well.
Skipper Hashmatullah Shahidi won’t be making any changes in the team for the 2nd ODI.
Predicted Lineup: Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Azmatullah Omarzai, Mohammad Saleem Safi
Even though rain completely hampered the first match between the two teams, Afghanistan displayed good momentum since the first ball. However, Bangladesh have a much stronger team and we predict a win for the hosts in the second ODI.