On June 24, the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will witness a battle between Bangladesh and Afghanistan. While Bangladesh have registered 2 wins from 6 games, including one washed out, Afghanistan failed to win a single game. Though they were quite close to winning twice, once again Sri Lanka in Cardiff and the other one against India in Southampton. It would be interesting to see whether they could pull it off this time.
Though both the sides never met before in the history of the ICC World Cup, they faced in the Asia Cup last year where Afghanistan beat Bangladesh by 136 runs in the group stage but lost by three runs in the Super Fours.
Predicted Playing 11
Bangladesh: Soumya Sarkar, Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Liton Das, Mahmadullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehidy Hasan, Rubel Hossain/Mohammad Saifuddin, Mushrafe Mortaza, Mustafizur Rahman
Afghanistan: Hazratullah Zazai, Gulbadin Naib, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Rashid Khan, Ikram Alikhil, Aftab Alam, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Weather and pitch report
There could be rain tomorrow in the afternoon according to the forecast. There is a possibility that could curtail the overs as well. However, the Southampton pitch is expected to be slow, because of which batsmen might get challenges. However, spinners will be happy as they will get help from the surface.
Prediction for match result
The pressure will be on both the sides, though more will be on Bangladesh. If they could register a win, their hope of qualifying for the semi-finals will be there. On the other hand, Afghanistan nearly took the side to the home against India and they had earlier defeated Bangladesh as well in last year’s Asia Cup. Though one single win can’t help them to reach the semi-finals, they are capable enough to make an upset.
In conclusion, this Bangladesh vs Afghanistan game in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 should go in Bangladesh’s favour. Even though Afghanistan can be dangerous, Bangladesh have some players like Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfique Rahim etc. who single-handedly win the games for their side.