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  • 10:58 PM IST

    Shakib Al Hasan: It’s been great (fans’ support) throughout this World Cup. They have been supporting us from the first game and luckily we have started well and they gave been supporting us all through so far. Hopefully it will continue in the next few games as well. Five wickets obviously (which was special). It was important to bat deep and I had to really work hard for my 50 runs. Without Mushy (Mushfiqur Rahim) we would not have got where we got. Others chipped in with the bat as well. Overall, it’s a team effort and we know its gonna get tough with three spinners. Before this World Cup, I was fully prepared and its paying off. A combination of hardwork and luck I guess (about his form in the ongoing World Cup 2019). Two more important games are coming up for us. India and Pakistan, we have to play to the best of our ability to won those matches but this win will give us a lot of confidence.

  • 10:47 PM IST

    This pretty much sums it up how the game unfolded:

  • 10:43 PM IST

    THAT’S IT! Shakib Al Hasan’s allround show has powered Bangladesh to a 62-run win over Afghanistan. This win keeps their hopes of making it to the semifinals alive.

  • 10:36 PM IST

    OUT! Edge and taken. Dawlat departs as Rahim takes an easy catch. Afghanistan nine down.

  • 10:26 PM IST

    EIGHT DOWN! Rashid Khan departs as Mustafizur Rahman strikes. Bangladesh move closer to victory.

  • 10:20 PM IST

    FIVE-WICKET HAUL! This is brilliant from Shakib. Najibullah dances down the track, Shakib throws one wide and Mushfiqur does the rest.

  • 10:12 PM IST

    SIX! Quite a shot! Shinwari clears the long-off without much fuss as Afghanistan near 180.

  • 9:46 PM IST

    RUN OUT! Liton Das’ direct hit ends Ikram’s stay in the middle. Afghanistan six down.

  • 9:27 PM IST

    OUT! It is raining wickets in Southampton for Shakib Al Hasan. Asghar Afghan departs for 20. Holes out in the deep. Afghanistan in freefall.

  • 9:21 PM IST

    Fifty with the bat and now three wickets, Shakib is making merry:

Match highlights, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, Match 31: Shakib’s allround show powers Bangladesh to victory over Afghanistan

Hello and welcome to our live match coverage of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Match 31 between Afghanistan and Bangladesh at the Rose Bowl, Southampton on Monday.

AFG vs BAN PREVIEW

Eager to keep the semi-final hopes alive, a desperate Bangladesh will have their work cut out when they take on a spirited Afghanistan in a do-or-die World Cup encounter at the The Rose Bowl, Southampton on Monday.

England’s defeat at the hands of Sri Lanka on Friday breathed air into Bangladesh’s hopes of securing a semifinal berth and the ‘Tigers’ will be keen on making the most of the situation starting with a win over the bottom-placed Afghanistan.

The Mashrafe Mortaza-led side, which is currently placed at sixth spot with five points, has batted pretty well so far in the tournament. After hunting down a target of 322 against West Indies in just 41.3 overs, Bangladesh fought admirably in a 382-run chase against Australia, finishing with an impressive 333/8.

The promotion of Shakib Al Hasan up the order has been one of the highlights of the World Cup. The all-rounder is just 22 runs behind Australia’s David Warner, who is the tournament top scorer.

The bowling, however, has been their undoing, as Bangladesh have conceded scores in excess of 320 in each of their last three completed games and the bowlers will have to step up to make life easier for their batsmen.

On the other hand, Afghanistan, who are still in search of their maiden win in the tournament, will be drawing a lot of positive from their previous game against India. The Afghans fell agonisingly short of India’s target, losing by 11 runs on Saturday. But the team will take a lot of confidence from the fact that they restricted the famed Indian batting unit to 224 for 8. Given their experience of the conditions here, captain Gulbadin Naib will expect his spinners to weave their magic once again against an in-form Bangladesh batting line-up on Monday.

The weather is expected to be warm. The dryness of the pitch is expected to bring spin into play, much like it did during the game between India and Afghanistan. The Afghan batsmen though, will have to focus on staying at the crease for longer periods to get the desired result. Against England, they played out 50 overs for the first time in the tournament.

“We lost badly in the first half of the tournament, but we have played some good cricket in the second half and I am happy with the way the team has performed. This is tough cricket against high-ranking teams, and you have to fight your best,” Gulbadin Naib said after the loss to India.

Squads:

Afghanistan: Gulbadin Naib (captain), Aftab Alam, Hazratullah Zazai, Asghar Afghan, Rashid Khan, Mohammed Nabi, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Dawlat Zadran, Najibullah Zadran, Hamid Hassan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Samiullah Shinwari, Rahmat Shah, Noor Ali Zadran, Ikram Alikhil.

Bangladesh: Mashrafe Mortaza (captain), Shakib Al Hasan, Soumya Sarkar, Tamim Iqbal, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mosaddek Hossain, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Abu Jayed, Liton Das, Mahmudullah, Mehidy Hasan, Mohammad Mithun.

Editorial team of CricketCountry.