Bangladesh Beat Afghanistan by 89 Runs in Asia Cup


Bangladesh Beat Afghanistan by 89 Runs in Asia Cup

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Bangladesh secured a convincing 89-run victory over Afghanistan, keeping their hopes alive for the Super 4 stage of the Asia Cup on Sunday. Bangladesh chose to bat and posted a formidable total of 334 for 5 in their allotted 50 overs, thanks to centuries from Najmul Hossain Shanto and Mehidy Hasan Miraz. In response, they bowled out Afghanistan for 245 in 44.3 overs. Taskin Ahmed (4/44) and Shoriful Islam (3/36) were the standout bowlers for Bangladesh in this match. Bangladesh had previously lost their opening match to Sri Lanka by five wickets.

Mehidy Hasan Miraz, opening for the first time since the Asia Cup final in 2018, put on an outstanding display by scoring 112 runs. Meanwhile, Najmul Hossain Shanto continued his impressive batting form with a brilliant 104. Their partnership was a significant factor in Bangladesh’s formidable total of 334-5, all achieved under the scorching heat of Lahore.

The Bangladesh fast bowlers, Taskin Ahmed and Shoriful Islam, were exceptional as they collectively took seven wickets. Taskin Ahmed claimed four wickets, conceding 44 runs, while Shoriful Islam took three wickets, giving away 36 runs. Their efforts were instrumental in dismissing Afghanistan for a total of 245 in 44.3 overs.

Ibrahim Zadran contributed a resilient 75 runs, and the captain, Hashmatullah Shahidi, scored a determined half-century with 51 runs. However, Bangladesh managed to keep taking wickets at crucial intervals throughout the innings. Eventually, Taskin Ahmed played a pivotal role in wrapping up the Afghan innings, helping Bangladesh secure their victory.


Bangladesh, despite losing their first Group B match to Sri Lanka, has secured a spot in the Super Fours stage of the Asia Cup. Pakistan had previously qualified from Group A, making Bangladesh the second team to advance to the next phase of the tournament.

Bangladesh opener Mohammad Naim displayed a lot of aggression during the powerplay phase of their innings. This aggressive approach came against Afghanistan’s erratic bowling, as Bangladesh’s skipper Shakib Al Hasan won the toss and opted to bat first.

Bangladesh maintained a scoring rate of approximately one run per ball in the initial 10 overs of their innings. However, Mohammad Naim’s innings came to an end when he was bowled by a delivery from Mujeeb Ur Rahman that disturbed the off stump. Bangladesh’s decision to send Towhid Hridoy in at No. 3 didn’t yield positive results, as he was superbly caught by a diving Ibrahim Zadran at lone slip off seamer Gulbadin Naib.

The partnership between Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Najmul Hossain Shanto was pivotal for Bangladesh. They took control and dominated the spin trio of Mujeeb Ur Rahman (1-62), Rashid Khan (0-66), and Mohammad Nabi (0-50) during the middle overs of the innings. Their remarkable partnership yielded a substantial 194-run stand, which significantly contributed to Bangladesh’s imposing total.

Mehidy Hasan Miraz reached his century, scoring 100 runs off 115 balls, with a single off a mistimed pull against Gulbadin Naib. However, he had to retire hurt after hitting a fantastic inside-out six off Mujeeb Ur Rahman due to cramping in his finger.

Najmul Hossain Shanto also completed his century, reaching 100 runs off 101 balls. Unfortunately, his innings was cut short as he was run out while attempting a run off a reverse sweep against Mujeeb in the 45th over.

Shoriful Islam’s exceptional bowling performance was instrumental in restraining Afghanistan during the powerplay. The left-arm fast bowler managed to dismiss the dangerous Rahmanullah Gurbaz, trapping him leg before wicket in an eventful first over. Gurbaz had a close lbw call earlier in the over, which Bangladesh chose not to review, but he was eventually dismissed in a similar manner in the same over.

Ibrahim Zadran and Rahmat Shah formed a partnership but consumed a significant number of deliveries, over 16 overs, for a 78-run second-wicket stand. This was due to some steady bowling by the Bangladesh team.

Mushfiqur Rahim pulled off a spectacular one-handed catch, diving low to his right, to dismiss Zadran in the 37th over. Shortly thereafter, Shahidi mistimed a big shot and was caught at third man, leading to Afghanistan losing their last five wickets for just 49 runs.

Final Scores:

Bangladesh 334/5 in 50 (Mehidy Hasan Miraz 112, Najmul Hossain Shanto 104, Shakib Al Hasan 32*) beat Afghanistan 245 in 44.3 (Ibrahim Zadran 75, Hashmatullah Shahidi 51; Taskin Ahmed 4-44, Shoriful Islam 3-36) by 89 runs.


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