Afghanistan vs. Bangladesh
|Date & Time||Tuesday September 24, 2019, 8:30 AM (EDT)|
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Bangladesh and Afghanistan will compete against each other in the final of Tri-Nation Series. The match will be played at the Sher-e-Bangla in Dhaka.
Bangladesh finished top of the table following the round-robin stage as the team ended with 6 points and a record of 3-1. In their last game, Bangladesh defeated Afghanistan by 4 wickets with 6 balls in hand. Afif Hossain bowled exceptionally well for Bangladesh as he took 2 wickets at an economy rate of only 3 runs per over. The batting was led by Shakib Al Hassan who scored an unbeaten 70 off 45 balls. Following a loss early in the round-robin stage, Bangladesh have found some excellent form and they will be confident as they enter this match.
Looking at Afghanistan, the team finished the round-robin stage with 4 points and a record of 2-2. Afghanistan won their opening 2 games but enter this match following 2 successive defeats. In both losses, Afghanistan struggled to score enough runs and that ended up costing them the wins. In the loss against Bangladesh in the previous match, Afghanistan simply failed to build enough partnerships which resulted in the team only scoring 138 runs. The bowling was solid from the likes of Rashid Khan and Naveen-ul-Haq but the team didn’t have enough runs to compete.
This pitch at the Sher-e-Bangla should assist the spin bowlers. This should aid both Afghanistan and Bangladesh as both teams have quality spin options.
Taking everything into consideration, I am going to pick Bangladesh to win this match. While Afghanistan have quality bowlers, the batting has been inconsistent and that could be a big problem. Bangladesh have a well-balanced side and they have the advantage of playing on home soil. With that in mind, Bangladesh should be good enough to defeat Afghanistan and win the tournament.