Bangladesh vs. Afghanistan
|Date & Time||Monday June 24, 2019, 5:30 AM (EDT)|
Afghanistan 3.76 Bangladesh 1.29
Bangladesh take on Afghanistan in Southampton on Monday. Bangladesh still have a chance of qualifying for the semi-finals whereas Afghanistan are the only team without a point to their name at the tournament so far. They sit bottom of the table whilst Bangladesh are 6thwith 5 points.
Afghanistan produced their best display of this year’s World Cup in their last match. They bowled well against India and limited them to 224/8. However, they could only manage 213 in reply as they were bowled out in the last over of the match.
Mohammad Nabi and Gulbadin Naib picked up two wickets each against India and Nabi in particular was very economical. The other four wickets were shared between the other four bowlers, with Mujeeb Ur Rahman finishing with a very impressive economy rate of 2.60 from his 10 overs.
Afghanistan’s bowlers have performed well so far but their batsmen have really struggled. Their highest score of the tournament is 247 and they simply haven’t picked up enough runs throughout the competition to compete. Mohammad Nabi top scored against India with 52 from 55 but it wasn’t enough to help his side claim their first victory.
On the other hand, Bangladesh have been relatively impressive. They have beaten South Africa and West Indies and will be confident of picking up their third win against Afghanistan. They lost their previous match to Australia by 48 runs and will be keen to bounce back on Monday.
Mushfiqur Rahim top scored with 102 against the Aussies and many of their batsmen are in sublime form. Shakib Al Hasan sits just behind David Warner at the top of the run scoring leaderboard. He has 425 runs to his name including two centuries and is proving to be one of the players of the tournament.
Afghanistan will need to pick up his wicket early on if they are to cause an upset.
Bangladesh’s batsmen have stood out but their bowlers have also been performing well. Mohammad Saifuddin has 9 wickets so far and will be keen to add to his tally against a weak Afghanistan batting line-up. The 22-year-old pace-bowling all-rounder will certainly be one to keep an eye on in the coming years.
Although Afghanistan cannot qualify for the semi-finals, they will be full of confidence after their performance against India and won’t go down without a fight. They will be desperate to put in another good showing against Bangladesh.
With that being said, Bangladesh have a lot to play for and will be fired up for this match. With England surprisingly losing to Sri Lanka, Bangladesh could sneak into the top 4 if other results go their way. They have been playing some good cricket and I expect them to claim the victory against Afghanistan.