ICC CRICKET WORLD CUP 2019
Bangladesh have to get all their three final games to set up themselves within the hunt for a space within the semifinals © Getty
Twice on this World Cup, Afghanistan have manoeuvred themselves into a successful situation. In Cardiff, in opposition to Sri Lanka, they had been in pursuit of a manageable dawdle of lawful 201. On Saturday, in opposition to India in Southampton, they had been 166-5 needing 47 more runs. Each instances they lost. Each instances they would possibly well now not moderately get the job. Each instances they potentially have to restful have completed. Their World Cup campaign will seemingly be in a vastly a quantity of space if that they had held their nerve.
As it is, they are with out a enjoy from six matches and face an in-form Bangladesh group on the Hampshire Bowl on Monday who restful have faint hopes of qualification for the knock-out stages. Mashrafe Mortaza’s males have lost to Current Zealand, England and Australia but have beaten West Indies and South Africa. If they enjoy their final three games, they might be able to secure to eleven capabilities and that *would possibly perchance* be adequate to look for them by.
Esteem Afghanistan, however, Bangladesh also lost their final sport. Australia’s 381-5 at Trent Bridge proved too unparalleled to dawdle down despite the truth that the Bangladeshis made a fist of issues with 333 in retort. It used to be, no topic the defeat, one other sturdy showing, one other impressive rebuttal to the notion they are any one’s whipping boys. They’ve been among the suitable substances of this tournament to this level.
Basically the most most modern conferences between the two facets have to restful give Afghanistan belief, however. In two games in final year’s Asia Cup, they beat Bangladesh by 136 runs within the neighborhood stage and then lost, agonisingly, by three runs within the Clear Fours.
Unsurprisingly, those games, held within the UAE, had been dominated by lumber and the gradual bowlers would possibly wisely be a key characteristic in Southampton too given the game will seemingly be played on the the same surface which hosted the match between India and Afghanistan. In Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman, the Afghans will absolutely bowl now now not lower than 30 overs of lumber and there is the allotment-time stuff of Rahmat Shah too. Bangladesh will potentially throw all their spinners into the mix too.
The match-up between Khan and Shakib Al Hasan wishes to be mesmerizing. Bangladesh’s quantity three has 425 runs within the tournament and has been among the standout gamers whereas Rashid, who has now now not been at his very ultimate, kept India’s powerhouse batting line-as a lot as lower than four runs an over on Saturday and removed MS Dhoni. It urged he used to be getting issues relief heading within the suitable route.
He would possibly furthermore procedure inspiration from the efficiency of Nabi in opposition to Virat Kohli’s males. Similarly aloof to this level on this World Cup, he nearly hauled his group at some level of the dual carriageway with a ideal innings. He also bowled smartly. It used to be no coincidence that once Nabi and Rashid effect on their ultimate reveals of the tournament, Afghanistan came closest to successful. If they and the the rest of their teammates can give a identical efficiency to the one they managed in opposition to India, a 2d ever World Cup victory will seemingly be on the playing cards.
When:Monday June 24, 2019. 10.30am Native Time
The set:Hampshire Bowl, Southampton.
What to dwell up for:The Southampton surfaces have been slower than many belief they’ll seemingly be and the pitch for this sport is expected to present identical challenges for batsmen given it has been aged ahead of. The spinners will seemingly be elated despite the truth that, and whenever you also non-public in tips the huge boundaries, a high-scoring sport will seemingly be now now not really. Sadly, some rain is forecast for the the afternoon which can curtail play despite the truth that there have to restful restful be time to secure a outcome.
After leaving him out in opposition to Australia, Bangladesh would possibly non-public in tips bringing relief Mosaddek Hossain to add one other lumber bowling approach to their line-up. Mohammad Saifuddin, who has 9 wickets on this World Cup, would possibly furthermore attain relief into competitors after Rubel Hossain’s rusty first showing within the tournament in opposition to Aaron Finch’s males. He conceded 83 runs from his 9 overs in Nottingham.
That you simply might additionally remember XI:Soumya Sarkar, Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Liton Das, Mahmadullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehidy Hasan, Rubel Hossain/Mohammad Saifuddin, Mushrafe Mortaza, Mustafizur Rahman,
Frankly, who is conscious of what the Afghans would possibly perchance attain with their group. They’ve made some irregular changes at some level of this tournament. Leaving our Mujeeb Ur Rahman in opposition to Current Zealand used to be one, for instance. Presumably they would possibly recede for an unchanged group in an strive to repeat their gleaming showing in opposition to India.
That you simply might additionally remember XI:Hazratullah Zazai, Gulbadin Naib, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Rashid Khan, Ikram Alikhil, Aftab Alam, Mujeeb Ur Rahman.