Afghanistan create history in 32-run win over Bangladesh
Afghanistan cricket team created history on Saturday as they beat Bangladesh by 32 runs at Fatullah in an Asia Cup tie, recoring their first-ever win over a Test-playing nation.
Afghanistan cricket team created history on Saturday as they beat Bangladesh by 32 runs at Fatullah in an Asia Cup tie, recoring their first-ever win over a Test-playing nation. All images from AFP and AP.
After being put in to bat, Afghanistan were rocked early as Rubel Hossain struck in the third over of the match, dismissing enterprising wicket-keeper batsman Mohd Shahzad.
Najibullah Zadran looked good in his brief stay at the crease but was bowled by Arafat Sunny. Zadran scored 21.
Arafat Sunny had taken two wickets in quick succession to leave Afghanistan reeling at 43/3 inside 14 overs. Sunny went to be the best Bangladesh bowler, registering figures of 2 for 44.
Former skipper Nawroz Mangal was batting with ease and was looking to rotate the strike and he struck three fours in his 33-ball 24.
Soon Afghanistan were reduced to 90 for 5 after Mangal was run out and skipper Mohd Nabi fell cheaply. This giving joy to all the Bangladesh home fans gathered at Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium in Fatullah.
But then started rear-guard action from Asghar Stanikzai (in pic) and Samiullah Shenwari.
Shenwari was more enterprising, scoring a quickfire fifty, his fourth in ODIs.
The two added 164-run stand to take Afghanistan to more than a respectable total of 254/6. Stanikzai remained unbeaten at 90 and Shenwari scored 81 runs from 69 balls.
Left-arm pacer Shapoor Zadran, who commentator Russell Arnold called as 'Shoaib Akhtar-lookalike', gave a brilliant start to Afghanistan in the second innings as Bangladesh lost opener Shamsur Rahman in the very first over.
Right-arm pacer Hamid Hassan, playing his first match of the tournament, got Anamul Haque out LBW in the second over and Bangladesh were rocked early in chase.
Then Mominul Haque and skipper Mushfiqur Rahim shared 67-run stand before the latter fell to his opposite number Mohd Nabi for 23. Mominul scored his 2nd ODI fifty.
Samiullah Shenwari turned the match on its head when his strighter one got the better of Mominul. Shenwari later got the man-of-the-match award.
Ziaur Rahman (41 off 22, in pic) and Nasir Hossain (41 off 60) did their bit to take the match right down to the wire, raising hopes of the Bangladesh fans but Afghanistan kept hitting back with regular wickets.
Mohd Nabi took the final wicket, ending a total of three wickets to seal the 32-run win.
'The Afghanistan team outplayed us in all departments', said Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim after the match. Afghan captain Nabi, on the other hand, credited his entire team and said, 'fans will be ecstatic back home'.