Bangladesh will lock horns with Afghanistan in their seventh ICC World Cup 2019 match on Monday at Southampton. This is another match which has turned out to be a ‘do or die’ game for Bangladesh.
Bangladesh and Afghanistan faced each other only seven times over the years. The reason behind this is that Afghanistan team is fairly new in the international arena. Afghanistan got their ODI status in 2011. They faced Bangladesh in 2014 and surprised everyone by beating the tigers in their first meeting.Bangladesh is currently number eighth ranked team in the ODI and Afghanistan is at the tenth position. Bangladesh is also doing well in the ICC World Cup, currently sixth in the points table and searching for a place in the semis. On the other hand Afghanistan are at the bottom of the table with no points. They are searching for their first win in this World Cup and will try their best to secure a win after they lost against India just by 11 runs in a close fought contest. Bangladesh will also try not to slip against Afghanistan as they need to win all of their remaining three matches to qualify for the semifinal.
Now let’s look at some of the interesting stats between these two sides:
Last 5 Matches: Bangladesh won three of their last five matches against Afghanistan. Bangladesh and Afghanistan played an ODI series with each other in 2016 at Bangladesh. In that series, Bangladesh won 2-1. Bangladesh also faced Afghanistan twice in the Asia Cup 2018-2019, Afghanistan won the first encounter by 141 runs and then Bangladesh bounced back with a 3-run win over Afghans.
Total Matches: Bangladesh and Afghanistan faced each other only seven times in their ODI history, Bangladesh won four matches and Afghanistan won three. In these seven matches, they played each other four times in a neutral venue and in neutral venues both won two matches each. Bangladesh will face Afghanistan in Southampton, which is a neutral venue also.
In World Cups: These two cricketing nations faced each other just once in the World Cup. In ICC World Cup 2015 in Australia, Bangladesh won against Afghanistan by 105 runs. Batting first, Bangladesh posted 267 runs on board, Shakib Al Hasan scored 63 runs and Mushfiqur Rahim scored 71 runs from 56 balls. In reply Afghanistan managed to accumulate just 162 runs. For Bangladesh, Mashrafe Mortaza was the pick of the bowlers, he picked up 3 wickets by giving only 20 runs in 9 overs.
Overall best: For Bangladesh, Mahmudullah Riyad is the highest scorer against Afghanistan. He scored 247 runs against them with an average of 48.60. Tamim Iqbal has the highest Individual score against the Afghans 143 runs.Hashmutullah Shahidi is the highest scorer for Afghanistan against Bangladesh. He scored 215 runs against the tigers at an average of 43.
In bowling, Shakib Al Hasan picked up 13 wickets in six matches against Afghanistan. And for the Afghans Mohammad Nabi is the pick of the bowlers s he picked up 11 Bangladeshi wickets in seven matches.