Afghanistan Elects to Bat in Pursuit of Series Sweep in Bangladesh

Afghanistan’s captain, Hashmatullah Shahidi, won the toss and decided to bat in their quest for a series sweep in Bangladesh. This strategic move was made for the final match of the three-match ODI series.

Afghanistan made changes to freshen up the winning lineup from the second game by resting star spinner Rashid Khan and fast bowler Saleem Safi. Making their one-day international cricket debuts, pace bowler Abdur Rahman and left-arm spinner Zai-ur-Rehman took their places.

Bangladesh Aims to Avoid 3-0 Loss in ODI Series at Home

Following a 17-run defeat in the rain-affected series opener and a crushing 142-run loss in Game 2, Bangladesh is determined to secure a victory and prevent its first 3-0 loss in an ODI series at home since 2012.

To bolster their team, the hosts made three changes. Fast bowlers Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, and left-arm spinner Taijul Islam were included in the lineup, replacing Mustafizur Rahman, Ebadot Hossain, and Hasan Mahmud.

Afghanistan’s Dominant Performance in the Second Game

In the second game, Afghanistan batted first and displayed dominance, mainly through their openers Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran. The duo achieved a remarkable 256-run opening partnership, with both players scoring centuries.

The match resulted in Bangladesh’s most significant defeat by runs against Afghanistan, marking only the third ODI series loss for Bangladesh at home since 2015.

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