Russell Domingo, Mahmudullah Riyad,
Mahmudullah Riyad. (Credit: Roton Gomes)

Bangladesh has suffered a huge blow as their talisman batsman Mahmudullah is a doubtful starter for the must-win match against India. The right-handed batsman had suffered a calf injury in Bangladesh’s last match against Afghanistan. Subsequently, it was discovered that Mahmudullah had picked a grade one tear.

Hence, it could be a big blow for Bangladesh as Mahmudullah is a crucial player for them. The right-hander has provided the finishing touches to Bangladesh’s innings. Mahmudullah has thus far scored 190 runs in the five innings at an average of 47.50 in the ongoing tournament. The right-hander has scored his runs strike rate of 93.60.

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ICC World Cup 2019: Mahmudullah Doubtful For Must-Win Match Against India

This could be a huge blow for Bangladesh.

The right-hander had struggled during his knock of 27 runs against Afghanistan. He was seen limping when he was batting in the middle. The right-hander has the skills to score quick runs.

After the injury, Bangladesh physio Thihan Chandramohan had said Mahmudullah would be under observation for a few days.

BCB chief selector Minhajul Abedin stated that it is going to be difficult for Mahmudullah to make it to the playing XI. Meanwhile, Sabbir Rahman or Mohammad Mithun is likely to get a chance in the final XI in place of Mahmudullah.

Mahmudullah Riyad, Asia Cup 2018
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‘’I don’t think he can make it,’’ BCB chief selector Minhajul Abedin told Cicfrenzy on Monday.

Bangladesh has two matches remaining against India and Pakistan. The Tigers have seven points under their bag after three wins and one no-result game. Hence, they need to win their remaining two matches to stand a chance to qualify for the semifinals. Furthermore, Bangladesh will need to hope that New Zealand beats England in their last league match of the tournament.

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Bangladesh will face India at Edgbaston, Birmingham on 2nd July. Mashrafe Mortaza-led side will play their last match against Pakistan at Lord’s, London on 5th July.

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