Afghanistan vs. Bangladesh: ICC World Cup Match 31 Preview
Afghanistan vs. Bangladesh: ICC World Cup Match 31 Preview

Bangladesh take on Afghanistan in the 31st match of ICC World Cup 2019 at Southampton. While Afghanistan have been knocked out of the tournament after their narrow loss to India over the weekend, Bangladesh are still in there by a whisker, hoping to stage another win to challenge the top-four. They have been superb in this tournament with runs coming from their premier batsmen, but will need to step up with the ball too as they take on the only winless team of the tournament.

Pitch and weather conditions: The Rose Bowl has a slow, sluggish wicket on which spinners thrive. India and Afghanistan fought out a close game on Saturday and Bangladesh will know their batsmen will find it tough against Afghanistan's array of spinners.

Player Recommendations:

Wicket-keeper: Mushfiqur Rahim (10 credits)

Rahim led Bangladesh's charge against Australia in a massive run-chase and after the scintillating hundred, is in fine form for the sub-continental side. An anchor in the middle-order, Rahim is among Bangladesh's best and will be banked upon to counter Afghanistan's spinners.

Batsman: Rahmat Shah (9 credits)

Rahmat Shah is the only Afghanistan batsman to clock over 1,000 runs since the last ICC event—the Champions Trophy in 2017—and is a reliable batsman in the middle-order for them. Back Rahmat to do it for Afghanistan on a pitch he is familiar with.

All-rounder: Mohammad Nabi (9 credits)

Nabi wrestled back the game for Afghanistan against India at this very ground two days ago. A fighter in the middle-order

Want to Read More?
Subscribe to RotoWire to see the full article.

We reserve some of our best content for our paid subscribers. Plus, if you choose to subscribe you can discuss this article with the author and the rest of the RotoWire community.

Get Instant Access To This Article Get Access To This Article
RotoWire Community
Join Our Subscriber-Only Cricket Chat
Chat with our writers and other RotoWire Cricket fans for all the pre-game info and in-game banter.
Join The Discussion
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Rohit Sankar
A cricket enthusiast striving to convey the finer details of the game in a capsule. Rohit hopes to present a bird's eye view of the game. He has written for a handful of prestigious websites including Cricbuzz, The Independent, The Hindu, CricketNext, Firstpost and others.
India vs South Africa 3rd Test: Onus on South Africa to show grit and fight
India vs South Africa 3rd Test: Onus on South Africa to show grit and fight
Guyana Amazon Warriors vs. Barbados Tridents: CPL Finals Preview
Guyana Amazon Warriors vs. Barbados Tridents: CPL Finals Preview
India vs. South Africa: Second Test Preview
India vs. South Africa: Second Test Preview
Pakistan vs. Sri Lanka: Third T20I Preview
Pakistan vs. Sri Lanka: Third T20I Preview