Our Pick Bangladesh are favourites to win
Afghanistan managed to give Bangladesh a scare in the opening game of the ODI series, but the hosts eventually went on to win by seven runs on the final ball of the match. The home team have taken a 1-0 lead in the three-match series and will be taking on Afghanistan again on September 28 at the same venue - Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur. The match is scheduled to begin at 2:30 PM local time.
Read on for our betting tips and match prediction for Bangladesh vs Afghanistan 2nd ODI...
Over 250 runs were scored in both the innings of the previous match and the 265 by Bangladesh almost got chased down. The wicket is unlikely to behave any different from what we saw on Sunday and so anything in the range of 275-300 can be considered as a good first-innings score.
There is a clear toss bias here. Seven of the last twelve day-nighters have been won by the side batting first. Moreover, the win in the last match was the fourth consecutive by a team batting first at this ground. So the toss-winning team may prefer setting up a target for the opposition.
Bangladesh now have four wins in a row here while batting first. So winning the toss and batting first will certainly boost their chances of a win.
Predicted Score: Around 275
Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Mahmudullah and Shakib Al Hasan are going to be the four key batsmen in their lineup. All of them contributed in the last match with Tamim and Mahmudullah scoring half-centuries. Bangladesh should get to around 275 if they are able to replicate their performance. Tamim has been the best batsman for them at this ground and is a favorite to top-score again.
The biggest threat for the hosts is going to come from pace bowler Dawlat Zadran and off-spinner Mohammad Nabi, both of whom bowled outstandingly well in the match before. Pick of the lot was Zadran - Afghanistan's leading ODI wicket-taker - who took a four-for and he is expected to be their top bowler again. Nabi picked up a couple of scalps and suffocated the Bangladeshi batsman with disciplined spells. If the two bowl well again and take early wickets, especially that of Tamim's, Afghanistan could restrict Bangladesh to less than 260.
Predicted Score: Around 260
Rahmat Shah and Hashmatullah Shahidi had a great game on Sunday with both scoring in 70s while Mohammad Shahzad and Mohammad Nabi scored in 30s each. Once again, the onus will be on these four to take Afghanistan to 260 and beyond. Mohammad Shahzad has got runs for his side on a consistent basis while Nabi is their highest run-scorer in 50-overs cricket. We feel that either could top-score in this match.
Mashrafe Mortaza, Taskin Ahmed and Shakib Al Hasan bowled Bangladesh to victory in the last match. The trio shared eight wickets between them and they should be backed again to pick up the lion's share of the wickets to fall during Afghanistan's innings. Shakib was a real miser in his ten overs with figures of 2 for 26. The leading wicket-taker at this venue is now also the leading wicket-taker for Bangladesh in ODIs aside from being a likely prospect for finishing as the best Bangladeshi bowler in this match.
In the three one-day internationals played between the two teams, Bangladesh have won two matches while Afghanistan have won one. The former have wins in the last two face-offs, including the recent victory on Sunday at the Shere Bangla National Stadium.
A win in the last game would have made a slight improvement in Bangladesh's ordinary overall ODI record at the Shere Bangla and they will be looking to improve it further come Wednesday. However, their recent record here is fantastic with 13 wins from their last 15 games. Also, Sunday's narrow victory meant five successive wins for them at this ground.
Afghanistan did really well to expose the rustiness of the hosts who were playing their first ODI in eleven months. There was even a point when it seemed that they had the game in their pocket. It was only in the slog overs that the home team managed to pull things back. Afghanistan were cruising before that. This kind of a fight is surely going to lift their spirits and instill a self-belief in the team that they have what it takes to beat the hosts.
Afghanistan will be raring to go and one can expect an even stronger challenge from them. But we feel that the more vastly experienced Bangladesh will come better prepared and win this second one-day international.
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