Bangladesh set 263 to win for Afghanistan
Bangladesh have put on 262/7 on board against Afghanistan on a tough wicket at The Rose Bowl, Southampton in the must-win game of Cricket World Cup 2019.
Afghanistan opted to bowl first on a slow Southampton pitch after rain delayed the toss. Both sides made changes to their playing XI. Hazratullah Zazai was left out from Afghanistan while Mohammad Saifuddin and Mosaddek Hossain returned for Bangladesh.
Bangladesh changed their plans by sending Liton Das to open in place of Soumya Sarkar. Liton faced the first ball of the innings off Mujeeb Ur Rahman. Liton managed 16 as he was ‘controversially’ caught at short-cover by Hashmatullah Shahidi.
In-form Shakib Al Hasan once again stepped up with Tamim Iqbal, who is yet in search of his best form. Mohammad Nabi went through Tamim to break 59-run stand as the left-hander departed for 53-ball 36 runs.
Meanwhile, Shakib registered his third fifty of this World Cup and also came back on top in leading run-scorers list. He turned out to be first Bangladeshi to surpass 1000 runs in World Cups, the 19th overall to do so.
Mujeeb brought Afghanistan back into the game with two quick wickets of Shakib (51) and Soumya (3). Mahmudullah Riyad struggled with his hurt calf. Yet he chipped in with 27 runs.
Mushfiqur Rahim continued on from where he left on in the previous match against Australia where he scored a ton. The wicket-keeper batsman was on course for another century but that was not to be as he skied off a Dawlat Zadran delivery in the penultimate over. He made 87-ball 83 runs hitting just 4 fours and a six.
Bangladesh 262/7 in 50 overs (Mushfiqur 83, Shakib 51; Mujeeb 3/39, Dawlat 2/56)
Afghanistan need 263 runs to win