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Shakib Al Hasan has been in sublime form in the tournament

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Huge scalp

Mujeeb has again lifted Afghanistan by taking the prized scalp of Shakib!! It was Mujeeb's trademark carrom ball that was pushed through. It whistled past the inside edge of Shakib and rapped on the front pad. Rightly adjudged LBW.

Shakib's amazing run!!

Another normal day in the office for Shakib Al Hasan! He has cracked his third fifty of the tournament so far. Remember, Shakib has also accumulated two hundreds and picked up wickets at regular intervals. On his way to receiving the Man of the tournament award? He is certainly make a good case for it.

It has been typical innings from the all rounder. A single here, a double there and the occasional boundary. Rahim and Shakib are set and the pair would aim to pilot their side to a sizeable total on an used-up pitch.

Nabi - smart and tactical nous

Drama and action. Tamim was cleaned up by Nabi. The smart cricketer went slightly wide of the crease and bowled with a round arm to get one past Tamim. Shakib then was adjudged lbw off Rashid. However, the all rounder took the review and replays suggested the ball would go over the stumps. Huge moment in the game.

Tami, Shakib in fine touch

After a rather sedate start, Tamim has upped the ante. He skipped down the track and thumped Naib for a boundary. And followed it up with a pull. Shakib, too, has looked in fine touch. The pair has helped Bangladesh to recover after the early setback.

It is hard to fathom why would Afghanistan field in these conditions?

Mujeeb breaks through

For a while Liton looked in fine touch, punching and driving. Tamim, on the other hand, played a couple of airy-fairy shots. At 25 for no loss, Bangladesh seemed to have paddled through the initial phase.

However, against the run of play, Liton cracked a drive to the fielder at covers and was dismissed. It was the carrom ball from Mujeeb but the way Liton crunched the drive, he seemed to have picked it quite early. Unfortunately, he couldn't keep the drive down. Another of those starts Liton hasn't been able to convert. He has dollops of skill, but hasn't fulfilled his potential so far.

Meanwhile, Mujeeb continues to pick up scalps with the carrom ball. One of the key reasons for his success is he pushes it through quicker. On a slow track like in Southampton, a spinner has to ideally make his own pace.

Dimensions report and pitch analysis: "It's arguably among the bigger grounds in England with huge square boundaries and also straight at one end. Only behind the batsman at one end is a bit short. There is no wind either and hence, hitting won't be that easy. The surface looks dry and even though there was some rain, conditions should remain the same. There was a lot of help for the spinners in the last game and that should remain the same as the same pitch is being used." reckon Mel Jones and Ian Bishop.

Toss and teams

Afghanistan have elected to field. Interesting decision as it is an used up pitch. Maybe Naib believes there would be some moisture underneath.

Naib: We want to bowl first. Conditions look good for bowling and we played a game here, so we know the pitch. In the second innings against India, it looked alright throughout and this looks similar. We want to restrict Bangladesh to a chaseable total. We had a good chance to beat India and we're confident that we can do better today.

Mortaza: We like to bat first as it's a used pitch, so want to put runs on the board. Two changes - Saifuddin and Mosaddek in for Rubel and Sabbir. The pitch here has been different from the others, has been slow and spun a bit. It's a used pitch as I said and that's why we wanted to bat.

Bangladesh (Playing XI): Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim(w), Liton Das, Mehidy Hasan, Mosaddek Hossain, Mahmudullah, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mashrafe Mortaza(c), Mustafizur Rahman

Afghanistan (Playing XI): Gulbadin Naib(c), Samiullah Shinwari, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Ikram Ali Khil(w), Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman

Prelude:

Cricket in Bengal goes back a long way. In 1792, Englishmen living in the districts of Barrackpore and Dum Dum most likely played a cricket match opposite the Raj Bhavan in then Calcutta.

More than 100 years later, a team representing Bengal played against RF Vernon's XI. Even after the Eastern Wing of Bengal became a part of Pakistan, roots of cricket continued to exist. From 1955 onwards, the National Stadium in Dhaka began to host Test matches.

After Bangladesh's Independence and their qualification for the 1999 World Cup, cricket has blossomed further. However, passionate support also heightens the expectations. Fans would expect their team to do well all the time. To their credit, Bangladesh have done well over the last few years, qualifying for the semifinals of the Champions Trophy 2017.

In the ongoing World Cup, despite a few slip ups, Bangladesh have managed to keep their hopes of progressing to the last-four alive. However, for that to happen, the Asian country has win all their remaining three game, including today's match versus Afghanistan. Even then, they have to depend on other results.

Can the Mortaza-led side continue to march along? What about Shakib Al Hasan's wonderful run? Or will Afghanistan put up another fine show after coming so close to beating the fancied Indian side? Can Nabi, Mujeeb and Rashid Khan combine once more to put Afghanistan in the ascendancy? We will have all the answers in a while.

With the track in Southampton again expected to offer something for spinners, both teams are set to go in with spin-heavy playing XIs.

For a while there seemed to be a slight drizzle but rain has stopped for now. The groundsmen are busy taking the covers off. Unfortunately, the toss has been delayed and will take place at 10.10 AM local time.

Here's our detailed preview for the game.

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