In match 31 of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, Bangladesh take on Afghanistan at Ageas Bowl in Southampton to keep alive in the race of World Cup 2019 semi-finals.
Bangladesh cricket team led by Mashrafe Mortaza's Bangladesh still stuck in the middle of the points table. But they have been one of the most entertaining teams in this World Cup so far. After the dominant run-chase against West Indies where they hunted down 322 with 8.3 overs to spare, the confidence was high when they faced Australia. But the defending champions got the better of the high-flying Bangladesh side by putting up a huge total on the board. They have lost to New Zealand, England and Australia but they have beaten West Indies and South Africa. If they win their remaining three games, they can get to eleven points and it might be enough to see them through to the semi final in WC.
On the other hand, Afghanistan cricket team led by Gulbadin Naib came within an edge of pulling off the shock of the tournament on Saturday as they fell short and loss to India by a narrow margin of 11-runs in Southampton after they produced a superb bowling performance to restrict Virat Kohli?s men to just 224/8. They will have taken great heart from that game and now they will be desperately needed to win their first win in this World Cup against Bangladesh today.
Pitch report: The pitch for this game is expected to offer similar challenges for batsmen given it has been used before. It looks like greenery on this track and have an extra pace and bounce.
Weather forecast: Some rain is forecast for the afternoon which could reduce some play although there should be enough time to get a result in the match.
Head to head in world cups: 1-0 in the favour of the Asian lions Bangladesh.
After the fabulous display by Afghanistan on Saturday where they came ever so close to beating India, they will have to pick themselves up quickly to face Bangladesh at the same venue. But the Asian lions Bangladesh are more likely to be the hot favourites for this game. If we look at the winning probability, then it also tells us that Bangladesh have a higher chance of winning with 81% probability as compared to Afghanistan 19%.
Bangladesh cricket team management are looking for Mohammad Saifuddin and Mosaddek Hossain which both had missed the previous game due to an injury. Now both are available for selection in this clash against Afghanistan.
On the other hand, Afghanistan cricket team management are no injury concerns and they have a full squad to choose from.
Players to Watch Out For
Rashid Khan (AFG): Having been smashed for 110 runs by England, the leg-spinner came back strong against India, recording figures of 1-39. He remains a match winner and will be hard to get away on a pitch that will offer some assistance.
Shakib al Hasan (BAN): The world?s number one ranked all-rounder has taken 5 wickets in the tournament thus far and scored a whopping 425 runs. Expect him to be a danger with both bat and ball on the type of surface he is used to playing on.
Bangladesh Probable XI: Soumya Sarkar, Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (Wk), Liton Das, Mahmadullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehidy Hasan,Mohammad Saifuddin, Mushrafe Mortaza (C), Mustafizur Rahman
Afghanistan Probable XI: Hazratullah Zazai, Gulbadin Naib (C), Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Rashid Khan, Ikram Alikhil (Wk), Aftab Alam, Mujeeb Ur Rahman