World Cup 2019: We are drowned darling, but we'll take you with us, Gulbadin warns Bangladesh

Published: Jun 24, 2019, 11:42 IST | mid-day online desk

All hopes of Afghanistan qualifying for the semi-finals of the World Cup 2019 have been dashed after losing to India on Saturday. Afghanistan have now lost all six games that they have played so far in the tournament.

World Cup 2019: We are drowned darling, but we'll take you with us, Gulbadin warns Bangladesh
Gulbadin Naib

"Hum toh dubey hai sanam, ab tum ko bhi leke jayenge," Afghanistan captain Gulbadin Naib said, cheekily warning Bangladesh ahead of their World Cup clash on Monday.

All hopes of Afghanistan qualifying for the semi-finals of the World Cup 2019 have been dashed after losing to India on Saturday. Afghanistan have now lost all six games that they have played so far in the tournament. 

Bangladesh, on the other hand, are currently sixth on the table with an outside chance of making it into the semis. Out of the six games played, Bangladesh have won 2 and have 5 points on board. A win against Afghanistan will take them to 7 points and to fifth spot on the table.

Afghanistan have improved steadily over the past couple of matches and Gulbadin believed his team, which has some highly-rated spinners, have what it takes to topple the world's best.
Although yet to win a match, Afghanistan sparked over the past week, losing by just 11 runs to fancied India in Southampton on Saturday.

Boasting the top-ranked T20 bowler in the world in the form of Rashid Khan as well as the considerable threat of Mohammad Nabi and Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Gulbadin's side restricted a star-studded India line-up to just 224 at the Hampshire Bowl, their lowest total in this World Cup.

Despite falling just short in their response, the Afghanistan skipper was optimistic about his spinners as they seek their first win of the competition.

"You saw against India. India has the best batting attack all over the world. So if the wicket helps our spinners, maybe it's very difficult for everyone, not only Bangladesh," he said ahead of Monday's match.

"I know Bangladesh also have showed their skills in this tournament, how they played, and they chased 320 against West Indies. Our spinners are one of the best spin attacks in the world. When the wicket is suitable for us, it's very difficult, not only for Bangladesh, but for everyone."

Key to the upturn in Afghanistan's fortunes has been the Hampshire Bowl pitch that is conducive to spin, and they are set to play their second successive game in the same venue.

"We struggled a lot in these conditions in the first three or four games .The surface and the wickets are totally different. We didn't expect it. It's totally different in the last two games. It's a very good wicket for us especially, so it's like Asian conditions, the ball turning, especially in the last game against India.

"Everyone is just trying to do well, especially the senior players. They have pressure, but every tournament together we're discussing the small, small things. What's wrong? What do we want to do to get better?"

With inputs from PTI

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