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Cricket World Cup 2019: Hum To Doobey Hain Sanam, Tumko Lekar Doobenge - AFG Captain Gulbadin Naib Warns Bangladesh

Afghanistan are already out of the Cricket World Cup 2019 after losing all their six matches so far, while Bangladesh need to win against Gulbadin Naib's side to remain in contention for a semifinal berth.

Cricket World Cup 2019: Hum To Doobey Hain Sanam, Tumko Lekar Doobenge - AFG Captain Gulbadin Naib Warns Bangladesh
Afghanistan have improved steadily over the last couple of Cricket World Cup matches and Gulbadin Naib believes his team, which has some highly-rated spinners, have what it takes to topple Bangladesh. | Twitter
Cricket World Cup 2019: Hum To Doobey Hain Sanam, Tumko Lekar Doobenge - AFG Captain Gulbadin Naib Warns Bangladesh
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2019-06-24T15:14:25+05:30

"We are already drowned darling, but we'll take you with us," Afghanistan captain Gulbadin Naib said, cheekily warning Bangladesh ahead of their ICC Cricket World Cup clash on Monday.

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Afghanistan are already out of the tournament after losing all their six matches so far while Bangladesh are still in the reckoning with five points from six matches. The Tigers will need to win against Afghanistan to remain in contention for a semifinal berth.

"Hum to doobe hai sanam, tumko lekar doobenge (We are already drowed darling, but we'll take you with us)," a smiling Gulbadin said when asked about the match against Bangladesh.

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?"

(PTI)

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