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ICC World Cup 2019: Bangladesh vs Afghanistan – Pitch Report & Playing XI

ICC World Cup 2019: Bangladesh vs Afghanistan – Pitch Report & Playing XI

Date & Time: Monday, 24th June, 3:00 PM IST

Venue: Hampshire Bowl, Southampton

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At 3:00 PM IST and 10:30 AM Local Time, Bangladesh will take on a very aggressive Afghanistan team, vying to reach the semi-finals. Team Afghanistan failed to garner any points in this World Cup, while Bangladesh has had 2 wins, one washout and 3 losses out of 6 games. Catch the action on Monday, June 24th at the Hampshire Bowl, Southampton.

Bangladesh

After having dropped Mosaddek Hossain during the match against Australia, team Bangladesh may try to add to their spin bowlers’ list when they bring him back. After Rubel Hossain’s rusty first showing in the tournament against Aaron Finch’s men, Mohammad Saifuddin, who has nine wickets in this World Cup, could also come back into contention. Bangladesh, in their last three completed games, have conceded to scores more than 320.

Probable Playing 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

Afghanistan

It was no cake walk for Afghanistan, but they seem to be learning a lot from experience. Throughout the tournament there have been repeated changes and some distressing ones like dropping Mujeeb Ur Rahman against New Zealand. But they did have a great show against India, so, considering that they may not even alter their lineup, yet.

Probable Playing XI:

Hazratullah Zazai, Gulbadin Naib, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Rashid Khan, Ikram Alikhil, Aftab Alam, Mujeeb Ur Rahman.

Pitch Report

While the weather is expected to be fairly sunny, the pitch at Southampton is extremely slow offering challenges to both batsmen and bowlers alike. It has been used before, yet it will make the spinners happy, as it will work in their favor. Although, if the boundaries are big and the scores are high, a win might just not be on the cards. A rain forecast could curtail the game for a short while.

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