Wanting to keep the semi-final hope alive, a desperate Bangladesh will have their work cut off when they include a spirited Afghanistan in a do-or-die World Cup meeting here on Monday.
The defeat of England by Sri Lanka on Friday breathed in the hope of Bangladesh to secure a semi-final berth and the & # 39; Tigers & # 39; will do everything in their power to get the most out of the situation, starting with a victory over underlying Afghanistan.
The party led by Mashrafe Mortaza, which is currently in sixth place with five points, has so far been pretty successful in the tournament. After chasing a target of 322 against the West Indies in just 41.3 overs, Bangladesh fought admirably in a 382-rune chase against Australia, ending with an impressive 333/8.
The promotion of Shakib Al Hasan was one of the highlights of the World Championship. The all-rounder is only 22 runs behind David Warner, the tournament's top scorer. However, the bowling was their downfall, because Bangladesh has admitted scores of more than 320 in each of their last three completed games and the bowlers will have to climb to make their batsmen's life easier.
On the other hand, Afghanistan, still looking for their first victory in the tournament, will draw many positive reactions from their previous match against India. The Afghans fell agonisingly short of the India goal, lost by 11 runs on Saturday. But the team will be very confident that they have limited the famous Indian batting unit to 224 for 8.
Given their experience with the conditions here, Captain Gulbadin Naib will expect his spinners to once again weave their magic into an information for beating Bangladesh on Monday.
The draw between Afghanistan and Bangladesh is the 30th match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. The match takes place at Rose Bowl cricket ground in Southampton. The competition starts today at 3:00 PM IST. It is broadcast live on the StarSports network. Online viewers can log in to Hotstar for all live promotions.
Both teams are expected to play the same XI as their last matches. Afghanistan had given India a run for their money in their previous game, and it is unlikely that they will tinker with the team that nearly slowed the huge upset. Bangladesh comes from a brilliant over the West Indies and would also continue with the winning combination. Mehidy Hasan was hit in the nets, but he is expected to be fit for the game. In the event that he misses, Mohammad Saifuddin can return.
Afghanistan: Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Aftab Alam, Gulbadin Naib (c), Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Rashid Khan, Ikram Ali Khil (wk), Hazratullah Zazai, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Bangladesh: Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudullah, Rubel Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Soumya Sarkar, Liton Das, Mustafizur Rahman, Mehidy Hasan / Mohammad Saifuddin
Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Rahmat Shah, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (WK), Mohammed Nabi, Mustafizur Rehman, Mashrafe Mortaza (C), Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rehman.