Bangladesh and Afghanistan will play in match number 3 of Asia Cup 2022 today. This is set to be the first match at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in this competition.
While Bangladesh will begin their campaign with this match, Afghanistan have started off the multi-nation tournament with a bang, registering a record win over 5-time champions Sri Lanka.
Afghanistan had a better record than Sri Lanka as far as the tosses are concerned in the last 5 T20Is and they ended up winning the toss in their first game as well. By contrast, Bangladesh did not win a single toss in their last 3 T20Is. So based on this stat, predicting Afghanistan to win the toss.
The overall head-to-head record suggests the advantage is with Afghanistan in this game. The recent form also suggests the same. While Afghanistan and Bangladesh have played 8 T20Is to date, Afghanistan have won 5 matches compared to Bangladesh who have emerged victorious on just 3 occasions. Moreover, Bangladesh are coming on the back of a series loss to Zimbabwe.
The Team of the Day is Afghanistan who showed that they have what it takes to compete against the best Asian sides. They thrashed Sri Lanka by 8 wickets and with 59 balls remaining and if they can continue their form, they should be able to win the fixture against Bangladesh.
The average powerplay score for Bangladesh in their last T20I series against Zimbabwe was 52.66. Meanwhile, Afghanistan too showed what they are capable of, scoring 83 runs inside the first 6 overs
against Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup opener. So both teams are likely to score around 45-60 runs in the powerplay. 180.33 is the average first innings total at Sharjah in the last 3 T20Is.