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Bangladesh & Afghanistan: Opposite ODI Ends

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Bangladesh & Afghanistan: Opposite ODI Ends

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Bangladesh and Afghanistan will face off in the third and final ODI of their series today in Chattogram. Currently, Bangladesh and Afghanistan are at opposite ends of the 3rd ODI, with Afghanistan confident and looking to build on their series lead, while Bangladesh are hoping to learn from their mistakes and improve ahead of the World Cup.

Afghanistan have been the better team in the series so far, winning the first two matches by comfortable margins. They have been particularly impressive with their spin bowling, with Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Rashid Khan, and Mohammad Nabi all taking wickets in each of the matches. Bangladesh, on the other hand, have struggled against spin, and their batting has looked out of sorts in both matches.

In the press conference ahead of the third ODI, Bangladesh head coach Nic Pothas admitted that his team had struggled to pick the Afghan spinners. “It is not a question of whether we struggled,” he said. “It is a question of how the world struggles to pick them.”

Pothas said that Bangladesh would need to work on their spin bowling before the World Cup, but he also stressed that the team needed to be patient and learn from their mistakes. “These things take time,” he said.

Afghanistan, on the other hand, are feeling confident ahead of the third ODI. Bowling coach Hamid Hassan said that his team had been one step ahead of Bangladesh in the series so far, and he was hoping that they could continue their good form.


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“We played positive cricket, one step ahead of Bangladesh maybe,” he said. “And that’s why maybe Bangladesh couldn’t catch our bowlers or batters early. That was maybe the key point.”

“Beating Bangladesh in Bangladesh is not easy, but we worked really hard behind that, practicing in training for five to six hours. And the most important thing, believing in the team, in ourselves. That’s the most important thing for anyone. If you believe in yourself, you can beat anyone,” he added.

Hassan said that Afghanistan were also thinking about the World Cup, and he was confident that his team could have a good tournament. “This time we are thinking bigger, hoping for a very good result given the way the team is performing,” he said.

The third ODI is a must-win for Bangladesh if they want to avoid a series whitewash. However, it will be a tough task against an Afghanistan team that is playing with confidence and momentum.

In addition to the differences in the two teams’ performances, there are also some key differences in their preparation for the World Cup. Bangladesh have been playing a lot of domestic cricket in recent months, while Afghanistan have been playing more international cricket. This has given Afghanistan the opportunity to gain more experience against top-quality opposition, which could be a major advantage for them in the World Cup.

The third ODI is a crucial match for both teams. Bangladesh need to win to avoid a series whitewash, while Afghanistan need to win to maintain their momentum and confidence ahead of the World Cup. The match is sure to be a close contest, and it will be interesting to see which team comes out on top.


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