ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019
Venue: The Rose Bowl, Southampton
Date & Time: 24 June 2019
RR: 4.25 | Bangladesh beat Afghanistan by 62 runs
That ends game number 31. Bangladesh keep their hopes of a semi-final alive while Afghanistan are fighting hard to avoid the wooden spoon. Tuesday sees another eagerly awaited clash of this World Cup - not the Ashes exactly but a contest of a similar genre. It is Australia against England and it will be exciting to see who becomes the lord of Lord's. Join us on June 25, 2019, at 10.30 am local (0930 GMT). ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
Victorious Bangladesh captain, Mashrafe Mortaza, smiles when asked about the crowd. Thanks them from the bottom of his heart. Is not short of words when asked to praise Shakib, calling him as one of the most important players in the team. On Rahim-Shakib's partnership, Mash says that it was short but very important. Praises Tamim and Mahmudullah for their contributions. On the latter's injury, Mashrafe says that there is a week to go before their next match against India, so Mahmudullah will be assessed gradually. On their upcoming games against India and Pakistan, Mortaza says that Bangladesh will give their best and hope for the best.
Afghanistan captain, Gulbadin Naib, says that the India match was a close one but in this one, blames the poor quality of fielding. Adds that they gave away 30-40 runs extra but does not want to take any credit from Bangladesh's batting or Shakib. On Najibullah batting so low down the order, Naib deflects the question, stating that he is an experienced player and can hit the ball long and blames Ikram Ali Khil for not rotating the strike while batting above him. On Afghanistan's journey so far, Gulbadin says that the team has been suffering from injuries which is why they have not been able to perform well consistently.
SHAKIB AL HASAN HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH. Shakib says that the support for Bangladesh has been great throughout this World Cup as the crowd has been right behind them. On asked what gave him more happiness - 50 or 5-fer, Al Hasan mentions the five wickets made him more happy as it was important but he had to work hard for his half ton too. States Rahim played really well and without him the score would not have been possible. Further adds Tamim's and Mosaddek's contributions were also important. Tells they had to bat well as Afghanistan have got really good spinners. On his good batting form, Shakib says that he does not know how he is playing so well, but he worked hard and was prepared for it and it is paying off. Ends by saying he wants the form to continue in the matches ahead and they have big games coming up, against India and Pakistan.
7th loss in a row for Afghanistan. They equal the record set by Zimbabwe in 1992, becoming the second team to lose 7 straight matches in a single edition of the World Cup. They started nicely with the ball but then took the foot off the hook. Their batting has never come good in this tournament and it did not come good here either. It is sad to see this performance because after the India game, one would have expected a better show than this one. Please stay tuned for the presentation...
Shakib's day. Mushfiqur's day. Bangladesh's day. They get the 2 points they desperately were searching for. The Tigers move to 5th spot, with 7 points in as many games. The day began with Shakib and Rahim keeping Afghanistan at bay with a 61-run stand, with Rahim capping the innings off with a fine 83. And then with the ball, the number 1 all-rounder in the world in this format strut his stuff, taking a 5-fer. Only the second player ever, to score a fifty and take a 5-fer in the same World Cup game. These are also his best ODI figures.
Comprehensive. Victory by 62 runs. Bangladesh have defeated Afghanistan in a clinical fashion and have re-staked their claim for the semi-final spot. Final 4 decided, you say? Think again.
Mohammad Saifuddin is back on for the final rites. 7-0-28-0 so far.
Mujeeb Ur Rahman is the last man in for Afghanistan.
Dawlat Zadran is the new man in. This is going downhill pretty quickly now.
Rashid Khan walks in next, at number 9. No slouch but the Afghans need a miracle.
82 needed from 51. Looks like a close finish again for Afghanistan. They will be hoping a positive one this time around.
POWERPLAY 3 time. 5 fielders allowed outside the 30-yard circle till the end. 97 needed. What can Afghanistan do to bring the game alive? Shakib Al Hasan is back on. Can he get a 5-fer? 7-1-10-4 so far.
Mohammad Saifuddin is back on! His figures till now 5-0-15-0.
Mosaddek Hossain is back!
Najibullah Zadran walks out to bat next.
An appeal for a run out has been taken upstairs. Ikram looked like he did not ground his bat. This could be close.
Mehedi Hasan is back!
DRINKS! It is becoming tough for Afghanistan and they would want both Samiullah Shinwari and Ikram Ali Khil to stay till the end. The required rate is creeping up and they need many big overs. On the other hand, Bangladesh need just 5 wickets to win the match. They have kept it very tight till now. Afghanistan need 131 runs in 90 balls to win the match. Also, this is an extended Drinks Break as the Zing bails are not working and the umpires are waiting for the other ones to come out.
Mustafizur Rahman is back! He has 7 overs left. It keeps getting tougher for Afghanistan.
Ikram Ali Khil is the new man in.
Mashrafe Mortaza is back!
Samiullah Shinwari is the new man in at number 6, replacing Nabi.
Mohammad Nabi walks in at number 5, replacing his skipper.
You don't often see this in limited overs cricket. Silly point has been drafted in. Liton Das is the man.
Mohammad Saifuddin is back on. 2-0-5-0 so far.
Shakib Al Hasan is back on. 2-0-2-1 so far.
Asghar Afghan walks in at number 4, replacing Shahidi.
Stumping appeal! Is that gone? Our colleague Louis is certain the batsman is a goner. It has been referred upstairs and just one replay should be enough. The foot has not come back in.
Naib may be suffering from cramps! The physio is out and some stretching is going on. In the meantime, the umpires have called for DRINKS! Afghanistan are going at a steady rate but would want to step up. They have lost just one wicket and would want this partnership going. On the other hand, Bangladesh have kept it tight and would want quick wickets to put pressure on Afghanistan. Afghanistan need 203 runs in 204 balls to win the match.
Mosaddek Hossain is into the attack.
Mehedi Hasan is on now! Spin from both ends.
BREAKING NEWS - Andre Russell has been ruled out of the tournament due to a knee injury. Sunil Ambris has been called up as his replacement. How will that affect West Indies' chances, if they had any?
Hashmatullah Shahidi is the new batsman in.
Shakib Al Hasan is on now!
Powerplay 2 begins! No more than 4 fielders allowed outside the 30-yard circle till the 40th over.
Why was Zazai dropped? If there's one attack he can dominate with his no footwork, it is Bangladesh's.
Mohammad Saifuddin is on now!
A direct hit and the umpire has taken it upstairs. No Bangladesh player seems excited.
Mustafizur Rahman to bowl with the second new ball.
We are back for the chase! Gulbadin Naib and Rahmat Shah are the openers for Afghanistan. Mashrafe Mortaza has the first new ball in hand. Here we go...