Bangladesh vs Afghanistan ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 Bangladesh wins toss, opts to bowl first.

In the opening match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, Bangladesh, led by Shakib Al Hasan, is all set to face off against Hashmatullah Shahidi’s Afghanistan at HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala on October 7th, beginning at 10:30 a.m. IST.

These two teams have crossed paths 15 times before, with Bangladesh emerging victorious in nine encounters and Afghanistan securing six wins. In their most recent five meetings, Afghanistan holds a 3-2 advantage, having won three of those matches.

This World Cup might mark the final appearance for Bangladesh’s cricket veterans Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, and Mahmudullah. Bangladesh has a chance to claim their third consecutive opening match victory in a World Cup campaign, having previously defeated Afghanistan in 2015 and South Africa in 2019.

To catch the action live, Indian viewers can tune in to Star Sports channels on television or enjoy free live streaming on the Disney+Hotstar app and website, with the match commencing at 10:30 a.m. IST.

Probable Playing XIs

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

Bangladesh (BAN): Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Litton Das, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Shakib Al Hasan (C), Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Towhid Hridoy, Mahmudullah, Mahedi Hasan/Nasum Ahmed, Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, Mustafizur Rahman

Afghanistan has only one World Cup victory under their belt, which came against Scotland in 2015. This match presents an opportunity for them to secure their second World Cup win and showcase their growth over the past eight years.

Rashid Khan, known for his devastating T20 bowling performances, has impressive statistics in ODIs as well, with 172 wickets in 89 innings. He holds a miserly average of 3.91 against Bangladesh, and this match could be his time to shine.

On the other hand, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, a key batter for Afghanistan, has displayed his prowess with five centuries and two half-centuries in his 22 ODIs. His recent knock of 151 off 151 balls against Pakistan in Sri Lanka highlights his potential.

In a previous ODI series during Afghanistan’s tour of Bangladesh, Afghanistan defeated Bangladesh 2-1 in a three-match series. Afghanistan won the first two matches convincingly, but Bangladesh managed to bounce back and claim the third match.

This World Cup marks the fifth consecutive outing for Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan. Bangladesh will aim for a hat-trick of wins in World Cup openers, having previously triumphed over Afghanistan in 2015 and South Africa in 2019.

This match in Dharamsala marks the first ICC World Cup 2023 fixture to be held at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium.


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