Man of the Match: Shakib Al Hasan
Resurgent Bangladesh eye a strong comeback against Afghanistan
Our Prediction is Bangladesh to win the match!
Bangladesh will be desperate for a strong comeback against Afghanistan in the 31st game of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in Southampton on Wednesday.
Having lost their previous game against Australia, Bangladesh will be keen to get back to winning ways in this fixture. The side certainly needs to raise their game with the bat in order to break their losing streak in the competition. Captain Mashrafe Mortaza and co. will need to play their best cricket in order to beat Afghanistan in this contest.
In their previous match, Bangladesh suffered defeat at the hands of Australia. With this result, Bangladesh is lying in the bottom half of the league table with six points to their name. Mashrafe Mortaza and co. will have to learn from their mistakes and make a strong comeback against Afghanistan. Chasing a mammoth 382 runs to win, Bangladesh produced a valiant effort with the bat, courtesy splendid performances from Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah and Tamim Iqbal.
The big positive for Bangladesh was opening batsman Tamim Iqbal finding a form with the bat against Australia. He looked fluent in his innings and scored 62 of 74 balls with the help of six boundaries. Left-hander will be keen to continue his good form in the remaining games of the competition.
Shakib Al Hasan also continued his excellent form and produced a run-a-ball 41 runs against Australia. He is currently Bangladesh’s leading run-scorer in the competition with 425 runs in 5 matches at an average of 106.25.
There seems to be over-reliance on Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim to do the bulk of the scoring. The duo once again delivered notable scores for the side against Australia. Rahim scored 102 not out off 97 balls with the help of nine fours to see Bangladesh fight till the end in the chase.
Mahmudullah played exceedingly well once again and put on a 127-run partnership with Rahim to see Bangladesh produce a splendid batting performance effort against Australia. He scored 69 off 50 balls with the help of five fours and three sixes.
Rubel Hossain an experienced campaigner for Bangladesh, and he needs to raise his game with the ball in the next match. He conceded a lot of runs against Australia and will be keen to make a strong comeback against Afghanistan.
Fast-bowler Mashrafe Mortaza bowled well against Australia and conceded 56 runs from his eight overs. Mehidy Hasan Miraaz and Soumya Sarkar bowled well and picked up crucial wickets for Bangladesh in their previous game played against Australia.
Mashrafe Mortaza (captain), Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Liton Das, Mahmudullah, Mustafizur Rahman, Sabbir Rahman, Mohammad Saifuddin/Rubel Hossain, Mehidy Hasan Miraz.
Mashrafe Mortaza, Mahmudullah, Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Mosaddek Hossain, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mustafizur Rahman, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan, Soumya Sarkar, Tamim Iqbal
On the other hand, Afghanistan will rue the fact that they should have won their previous game against India. They lost wickets in crucial stages of the game to lose the game by 11 runs. Captain Gulbadin Naib will be pleased with his side’s performance against a formidable side like India.
The biggest disappointment has been the lack of runs from swashbuckling opener Hazratullah Zazai, who has clearly struggled with the bat in this World Cup. He has scored only 96 runs in 5 matches at an average of 19.20. Zazai needs to produce a decent score if Afghanistan aims to topple Bangladesh in this contest.
Hashmatullah Shahidi will certainly be relishing the chance to face Bangladesh, as last time, he produced a crucial half-century to see Afghanistan register an emphatic win in the Asia Cup game played in the UAE last year.
Rahmat Shah played well against India and scored 36 off 63 balls with the help of three boundaries. He will be keen to produce a decent score for the side in this game. Middle order needs to stand up and deliver with the bat as Asghar Afghan and Najibullah Zadran will need to produce runs for the side in this contest.
All-rounder Mohammad Nabi was the standout performer with the bat and ball against India. First, he bowled well and finished with figures of 2 for 33 from his nine overs. In the chase, Nabi scored a much-need half-century to see Afghanistan take the game down to the wire. He scored 52 off 55 balls with the help of four fours and a six. Captain Gulbadin Naib also chipped in with a decent score in the previous game. He bowled well as well and picked up key wickets of Kedhar Jadhav and Mohammad Shami.
The spin duo of Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Rashid bowled exceedingly well against India and conceded less than four runs an over in the game. Mujeeb dismissed Rohit with a peach of delivery while Rashid made a strong comeback with the ball against India.
Gulbadin Naib (captain), Ikram Al Khil (wk), Asghar Afghan, Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Aftab Alam.
Ikram Ali Khil, Asghar Afghan, Gulbadin Naib, Dawlat Zadran, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Samiullah Shenwari, N Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Rahmat Shah
The wicket will certainly provide assistance to the spinners while the batsmen will need to work hard for their runs. The weather forecast for the game on Monday is expected to see early showers in the day. The chance of rain is almost 50 percent.
The Rose Bowl Cricket Stadium in Southampton is going to host its final World Cup game between Afghanistan and Bangladesh. Afghanistan will take heart from the fact they have beaten Bangladesh in the Asia Cup competition played last year. In their previous meeting in a World Cup played in 2015, Bangladesh registered a comprehensive 105-run win over Afghanistan.
Both the teams will be looking to win the toss and bowl first on this wicket. The first half of the game does provide assistance to the slow bowlers due to variable bounce from the surface
Based on current form, Bangladesh will be clear favorites to win their game against Afghanistan. With the likes of Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan showing excellent form with the bat, Bangladesh will be looking to deliver another clinical batting performance against Gulbadin Naib’s Afghanistan. Expect Bangladesh to overcome Afghanistan in this contest.
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