Bangladesh v Afghanistan: Tigers out to apply the pressure

By Sports Desk June 23, 2019

Afghanistan will be out to strike a big blow to Bangladesh's semi-final hopes after almost pulling off a monumental Cricket World Cup shock against India.

Mohammed Shami took a final-over hat-trick at the Rose Bowl on Saturday to give India a dramatic 11-run win after Mohammad Nabi's half-century gave Afghanistan a great chance of sensationally beating Virat Kohli's side.

A sixth defeat out of six dashed any semi-final hopes Afghanistan may have had, but they have three more chances to register a win.

Bangladesh are three points behind fourth-placed England and will see Monday's encounter in Southampton as a great opportunity to boost their bid for a top-four finish.

The Tigers have shown their quality with the bat, but the bowlers must step up after coming in for more treatment in a high-scoring defeat to Australia last time out.

Bangladesh won the only previous World Cup encounter between the two nations by 105 runs four years ago.

 

TOURNAMENT SO FAR

Bangladesh started with a superb victory over South Africa and also piled on the runs to defeat West Indies. They were narrowly beaten by New Zealand before going down to England and Australia, also having a game against Sri Lanka washed out.

That tense tussle with India is as close as Afghanistan have come to a win, having lost to Australia, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, South Africa and England.

WHAT THEY SAID

Afghanistan captain Gulbadin Naib: "I think we're now getting better and better day by day. This is the team I wanted actually. Also in the batting side. So this is a good sign."

Tigers batsman Mohammad Mithun: "Everyone is expecting that we will win. Every match is the same in that we play to win. But I think we should be more careful in this game."

OPTA FACTS

- This will be the eighth time that Bangladesh and Afghanistan will have faced off in an ODI, the Tigers winning four and losing three.

- Mahmudullah has made more runs in ODI matches between his country and Afghanistan than any other batsman; scoring 243 in six knocks.

- Shakib Al Hasan has more wickets in 50-over games between the two nations than any other bowler, claiming 13.

- All-rounder Shakib has averaged 106 from his five innings so far in the tournament.

Related items

  • Sri Lanka bring back Dickwella for Bangladesh ODI series Sri Lanka bring back Dickwella for Bangladesh ODI series

    Sri Lanka have recalled Niroshan Dickwella for the three-match ODI series against Bangladesh.

    A surprise omission from Sri Lanka's Cricket World Cup squad, wicketkeeper-batsman Dickwella is one of 22 players selected for the 50-over fixtures on home soil.

    Akila Dananjaya, Danushka Gunathilaka and Lakshan Sandakan also return, while Nuwan Pradeep - who returned home early from England due to chickenpox - is fit enough to be included.

    However, Suranga Lakmal and Jeevan Mendis are left out after featuring at the tournament, along with Milinda Siriwardana and Jeffrey Vandersay.

    Colombo is the venue for the trio of fixtures, which start on July 26. The teams meet again just two days later before concluding the short series on July 31.

    Lasith Malinga is also set to feature. The paceman said in March he plans to retire from cricket after next year's T20 World Cup in Australia.

     

    Sri Lanka squad: Dimuth Karunaratne (captain), Kusal Perera, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Lahiru Thirimanne, Shehan Jayasuriya, Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella, Danushka Gunathilaka, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Akila Dhananjaya, Amila Aponso, Lakshan Sandakan, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Pradeep, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, Lahiru Madushanka

  • Triple H honours England's World Cup winners with WWE title belt - but who gets to keep it? Triple H honours England's World Cup winners with WWE title belt - but who gets to keep it?

    England's triumphant squad have received plenty of praise since lifting the Cricket World Cup - and now they have been honoured with a one-of-a-kind championship belt from an unlikely fan.

    As a 14-time champion, WWE superstar Triple H knows a thing or two about winning in big situations. And the man with a finishing move called the 'Pedigree' was certainly impressed with the standards shown by Eoin Morgan's side against New Zealand on Sunday, when the tournament hosts prevailed following a dramatic Super Over at the home of cricket.

    The wrestler, whose real name is Paul Levesque, tweeted out a message of congratulations to the new ODI champions, along with a picture of a customised world heavyweight championship belt made to mark their success.

    "An incredible tournament, an awe-inspiring final, and a team of worthy champions. Congratulations to England Cricket for winning the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2019! This custom WWE Championship is YOURS!" Triple H wrote.

    The unique strap includes the words "World Cup champions", with the England and Wales Cricket Board's official logo appearing twice, placed either side of the central WWE badge.

    However, the generous gift to mark England's achievement does create a problem - who gets to keep it?

    Jos Buttler, who was in partnership with Ben Stokes in the middle during England's Super Over, had an on-topic suggestion to decide the owner, tweeting: "Royal rumble lads last man standing keeps the belt?" 

    If Buttler's idea comes to fruition, Morgan and his team-mates would have to forget about boundary ropes and focus on the top rope instead. Perhaps Triple H could make an appearance during the upcoming Ashes series against Australia to crown England's new wrestling champion, too.

    The Game at a game of cricket? We can only hope...

  • England captain Morgan to lead Dublin in Euro T20 Slam England captain Morgan to lead Dublin in Euro T20 Slam

    England's Cricket World Cup winning captain Eoin Morgan will play for the Dublin Chiefs in the inaugural Euro T20 Slam.

    Ireland-born Morgan was on Friday drafted as Dublin's 'icon player' and will lead the side in the first continent-based T20 league.

    The Chiefs also pulled off the big signing of Babar Azam, the top-ranked batsman in the world in the shortest format, and his Pakistan team-mate Mohammad Amir.

    Afghanistan's new captain Rashid Khan was picked up by the Rotterdam Rhinos at the draft in London.

    Vastly experienced duo Imran Tahir and Shane Watson will be team-mates for the Amsterdam Knights.

    All-rounders Shahid Afridi and JP Duminy will represent Belfast Titans, while Glasgow Giants snared Brendon McCullum and Dale Steyn.

    The six-team competition runs from August 30 until September 22.

© 2018 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.