Favourite Afghans take on Zimbabwe to kick-off Tri-nation T20 mission today
Red-hot favourite Afghanistan will start its Tri-nation T20 mission on Saturday by taking on Zimbabwe at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.
Rashid Khan-led Afghanistan is the top-ranked T20 side in the tournament, staying at 7th in the ICC rankings. Bangladesh are 10th ranked side while Zimbabwe are in 14th place in ICC rankings.
But not the rankings what matters, Afghanistan indeed have the upper-hand over their two opponents-Bangladesh and Zimbabwe-in the tournament.
They have played against Bangladesh four times and won three matches while they won all the seven matches against Zimbabwe they played in this format.
Therefore the stats itself suggested that the Afghanistan starts the tournament as favourite.
Moreover they are high on confidence following their 224-run win against Bangladesh in the one-off Test match. It was somewhat unexpected that they would beat Bangladesh in longer version format in which they came up with the experience of just two Test matches.
However they were impressive throughout the match and the way they won the Test, no one would dare to say that it was upset. They dominated Bangladesh thoroughly in five days of Test to win it like a hot favourite side.
Captain Rashid Khan who made his Test debut as captain made a winning start. And he certainly wants to make a winning start to T20 cricket as captain also.
Afghanistan's T20 side however is completely different to what they used in the Test format against Bangladesh. Only three players -captain Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi and Asghar Afghan-who played Test cricket found their place in the T20 squad.
So there intention is clear that they have enough players for all format of cricket and they can make difference. -BSS