Bangladesh will be up against Afghanistan in the 4th match of the Asia Cup 2023 at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on September 3. Bangladesh have already played a game in the tournament, which they lost, but they would be looking forward to making a comeback. Afghanistan, on the other hand, have not played any matches in this tournament so far. They don’t have the current form with them as well, as they have lost four of their last five games in this format.
Bangladesh had squared off against Sri Lanka in their last match, where Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bat. It was not a good decision as they did not start as they would have hoped for. Najmul Hossain Shanto did play a fine knock at one end, but he did not get enough support from the other end, and as a result, they were bowled out at a mere total of 164. In the chase, Sri Lanka also lost early wickets and looked in trouble, but the fifties from Samarawickrama and Asalanka put them back on track and won the match by five wickets.
Afghanistan had played against Pakistan in their last match, where Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat. Choosing to bat was not too bad a decision as they had a decent opening stand, but what stood out was the third wicket partnership where Babar and Rizwan both went on to score fifties. Their knock helped Pakistan push to a total of 268 runs. Afghanistan, in reply, did not start as they needed to and kept losing wickets. Even though Mujeeb smashed the fastest fifty by an Afghan player, the total still seemed to be more, and they lost the match by 59 runs.