Date & Time: Monday, June 24, 15:00 IST
Venue: The Rose Bowl, Southampton, England
Another low scoring thriller on the cards?
The last time these two sides met in an ODI, we witnessed an edge of the seat thriller in which Bangladesh defeated Afghanistan in the last ball of the match thanks to Mustafizur Rahman’s sensational final over. With the World Cup producing some much needed close contests in the last couple of days, we hope it will be another box office day. Bangladesh is still very much in the race for top 4 spot, whereas Afghanistan will be playing for pride today.
There was a scare in Bangladesh camp after Mehidy Hasan was injured in the net sessions, but we hear that he is fine and available for selection today. They might bring back Mohammad Saifuddin for Rubel Hossain and Mosaddek Hossain for Sabbir Rahman, if they have recovered from their respective injuries. Afghanistan might finally settle in for an unchanged 11, after their impressive performance against India.
There is some rain anticipated in the afternoon, still not much delay is expected because of it. The same pitch which was used for India Vs Afghanistan game will be used in this match, which means spinners will play a big part and another low scoring game can be expected.
Shakib al Hasan has been one of the outstanding performers so far in this edition of the World Cup and he will be one of the contenders for Man of the Tournament if he continues his rich vein of form. He is the second highest run scorer in this World Cup so far with 425 runs in five innings and has picked up 5 wickets so far. It would take some guts for anyone to drop this fine run machine from their Dream11 team.
Bangladesh’s ex-skipper Mushfiqur Rahim is one of the most consistent players for his side in recent times. He has improved leaps and bounds in terms of power hitting and with that he is now able to catch up with the strike rate even if he only rotates the strike at the start. He has scored 244 runs in this World Cup so far at an average of 61 and strike rate of 91.
Afghanistan skipper Gulbadin Naib has been consistently delivering cameos with the bat and ball in the tournament. In fact, he opened the batting for Afghanistan in the last couple of games and scored 37 and 27. He has also picked up 5 wickets in his last two matches and he has picked up more wickets than his fellow pace bowling all-rounders such as Ben Stokes and Hardik Pandya.