Venue: The Rose Bowl, Southampton
Head to Head in World Cup– In 2015 WC, Bangladesh registered a comprehensive win over Afghanistan played at Canberra. Overall, the competition between Afghanistan and Bangladesh has been close. In the Asia Cup, Afghanistan managed to beat Bangladesh in the round-robin game played in the UAE.
Bangladesh vs Afghanistan
Mashrafe Mortaza and co. will be keen to get to winning ways in the competition. Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan and Soumya Sarkar have done well for the side in the on-going World Cup. Shakib is currently the in-form player for the side in this World Cup. Left-hander has scored over 400 runs so far in this competition.
Wicket-keeper Mushfiqur Rahim was the standout performer with the bat in the previous game played against Australia. He scored a defiant century to see Bangladesh fight hard till the final ball of the innings. Mahmudullah also produced a much-needed half-century to see Bangladesh post 330 runs on the board.
In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Mashrafe Mortaza, Mehidy Hasan Miraaz and Mustafizur Rahman to deliver wickets with the ball. Shakib also has done a decent job for Bangladesh
Gulbadin Naib will be look to win their first game of the World Cup competition. The side produced a valiant effort with the bat and ball to push India close in a game played at Southampton.
Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi and Rahmat Shah chipped in with decent scores for the side against India. Hashmatullah Shahidi also played well and will need to post a decent score in this game. Mujeeb Ur Rahman has shown exceptional performance with the ball against India. He picked up key wicket of Rohit Sharma and conceded 26 runs from his 10 overs.
Rashid Khan also produced a strong comeback with the bat and conceded less than four runs an over against a strong side like India.