Venue Details & Pitch Report - Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala

Average First Innings Score at Dharamsala in ODIs: 214

Batting First vs Batting Second at Dharamsala in ODIs: Win Bat 1st - 20%, Win Bat 2nd - 80%

AFG-BAN Players in the top 10 leading run-scorers list in ODIs: None

AFG-BAN Players in the top 10 leading wicket-takers list in ODIs: None

Ground dimensions: The venue has 70m straight boundaries, 64m & 63m square boundaries, 57m Third Man & 70m Cow-Corner, and 57m Fine Leg & 68m Deep-Extra-Cover boundaries.

Pitch Report: The last ODI at Dharamsala was played way back in 2017 (6 years ago). In those ODIs, we saw great assistance for fast bowlers, especially with the new ball. Although considering that changes have been made at the ground and for the fact that this game will start much more earlier in the day, only the official report ahead of the toss can provide us clarity regarding the conditions at the ground.


Predicted Playing XI - Afghanistan vs Bangladesh, Match 3, ICC Cricket World Cup 2023

Afghanistan: Rahmanullah Gurbaz (WK), Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi (C), Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Azmatullah Omarzai, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Naveen-ul-Haq

                       Bench: Ikram Alikhil, Noor Ahmad, Riaz Hassan, Abdul Rahman

Bangladesh: Tanzid Hasan, Litton Das, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Shakib Al Hasan (C), Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mushfiqur Rahim (WK), Towhid Hridoy, Nasum Ahmed, Taskin Ahmed, Shoridul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman

                      Bench: Tanzim Hasan Sakib, Hasan Mahmud, Mahedi Hasan, Mahmudullah


Stat Box - Afghanistan vs Bangladesh, Match 3, ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 Prediction

AFGHANISTAN

Performances of Afghanistan players in ODI since 2023:

Ibrahim Zadran: Inns - 11, Runs - 478, Avg  - 48, 50s - 4, 100s - 1

Rahmanullah Gurbaz: Inns - 11, Runs - 376, Avg - 34, 100s - 2

Hashmatullah Shahidi: Inns - 11, Runs - 270, Avg - 30, 50s - 3

Rahmat Shah: Inns - 9, Runs - 186, Avg - 21, 50s - 1

Mohammad Nabi: Inns - 10, Runs - 185, Avg - 23, 50s - 1, Wickets - 10

Fazalhaq Farooqi: Inns - 11, Wickets - 16

Mujeeb Ur Rahman: Inns - 11, Wickets - 14

Rashid Khan: Inns - 8, Wickets - 9

Azmatullah Omarzai: Inns - 6, Wickets - 2

BANGLADESH

Performances of Bangladesh players in ODIs since 2023:

Najmul Hossain Shanto: Inns - 14, Runs - 698, Avg - 50, 50s - 5, 100s - 2

Mushfiqur Rahim: Inns - 15, Runs - 595, Avg - 46, 100s - 1, 50s - 4

Litton Das: Inns - 16, Runs - 338, Avg - 24, 50s - 3

Towhid Hridoy: Inns - 15, Runs - 518, Avg - 37, 50s - 5

Shakib Al Hasan: Inns - 15, Runs - 549, Avg - 39, 50s - 5, Wickets - 14

Mahedi Hasan: Inns - 5, Wickets - 6

Mahmudullah: Inns - 5, Runs - 141, Avg - 28

Tanzid Hasan: Inns - 4, Runs - 34, Avg - 8

Mehidy Hasan Miraz: Inns - 13, Runs - 290, Avg - 24, Wickets - 12

Nasum Ahmed: Inns - 7, Wickets - 7

Mustafizur Rahman: Inns - 11, Wickets - 15

Shoriful Islam: Inns - 8, Wickets - 16

Hasan Mahmud: Inns - 11, Wickets - 17

Taskin Ahmed: Inns - 10, Wickets - 21


Fantasy Notes - Afghanistan vs Bangladesh, Match 3, ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 Prediction

Points to Consider

  • Shakib Al Hasan missed Bangladesh's warm-up matches due to an ankle injury but he is expected to feature in this match.
  • In the two IPL matches played at Dharamsala earlier this year, we saw higher-scoring matches, unlike the pitch which used to make it difficult for the batters. Depending upon the information in the official pitch report ahead of the toss, we will make a decision on whether to load up on pacers or batters.
  • If the pitch is batting-friendly, we will back Rahmanullah Gurbaz despite his tricky matchup against Taskin Ahmed in the powerplay. He is also coming into this match on the back of a century in the warm-up match. Given that he is a hit-or-a-miss batter, we can only take a punt if the surface aids run scoring. Make sure to rotate him in multiple teams.
  • Rahmat Shah was not part of Afghanistan's Asia Cup starting XI but he might have made his case in the warm-up match with an excellent half-century. One Day is his best format and given that he is selected in just 19% of the teams, you can back him as a differential.
  • If Bangladesh bowls first, consider backing Shoriful Islam (16%) as a differential. On the other hand, if Afghanistan bowls first, Fazalhaq Farooqi (21%) can be tried instead. This is because the pitch tends to get better for the batters as the match progresses.

Fantasy XI - Afghanistan vs Bangladesh, Match 3, ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 Prediction

WK: Mushfiqur Rahim

BAT: Najmul Hossain Shanto, Ibrahim Zadran

AR: Shakib Al Hasan, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mohammad Nabi

BOWL: Rashid Khan, Taskin Ahmed, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Shoriful Islam

C/VC: Shakib Al Hasan, Taskin Ahmed

Differentials: Fazalhaq Farooqi (21%), Shooriful Islam (16%), Rahmat Shah (19%)

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