Bangladesh won the toss and elected to field first. Afghanistan got off to a good start, with Rahmanullah Gurbaz scoring a century. However, Bangladesh bowlers fought back and took wickets at regular intervals. Afghanistan was eventually bowled out for 156 runs in 37.2 overs.
Bangladesh’s chase was not without its challenges. They lost early wickets and were struggling at 64-4. However, Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Najmul Hossain Shanto put on a 73-run partnership to revive the chase.
Bangladesh lost a few more wickets along the way, but Shanto remained unbeaten on 59 runs to guide his team to victory.
Bangladesh’s bowlers key to victory
Shakib Al Hasan
Bangladesh’s bowlers were key to their victory over Afghanistan. They took wickets at regular intervals and kept Afghanistan’s score in check.
Shakib Al Hasan was the pick of the bowlers, taking 2 wickets for 27 runs. He was supported by Mehidy Hasan Miraz, who took 3 wickets for 40 runs.
Shanto’s unbeaten half-century sees Bangladesh home
Najmul Hossain Shanto played a crucial role in Bangladesh’s victory with his unbeaten half-century. He came in at a time when Bangladesh were struggling and helped them to revive the chase.
Najmul Hossain Shanto
Shanto scored 59 runs off 86 balls, including 6 fours. He was patient and composed throughout his innings, and he eventually guided his team to victory.
Key Moments of the Match
Rahmanullah Gurbaz’s Century
Rahmanullah Gurbaz was the star of the show for Afghanistan with a brilliant century. He batted aggressively from the start and hit 18 fours and 3 sixes in his 102-run knock.
Shakib Al Hasan’s All-Round Performance
Shakib Al Hasan had a brilliant all-round performance for Bangladesh. He took 3 wickets for 38 runs with the ball and then scored a half-century with the bat. His knock was crucial in Bangladesh’s chase as he helped them to stabilize their innings.
Liton Das and Mahmudullah Riyad’s Partnership
Liton Das and Mahmudullah Riyad played a crucial partnership for Bangladesh in their chase. They added 72 runs for the fourth wicket and helped Bangladesh to get close to the target. Das was eventually dismissed for 46, but Riyad remained unbeaten on 30 to see Bangladesh through to victory.
Bangladesh’s Winning Run
Bangladesh needed 5 runs to win from the last over. Riyad hit a single off the first ball to bring the required runs down to 4. He then hit a boundary off the next ball to seal the victory for Bangladesh.
Bangladesh’s victory over Afghanistan was a thrilling one. The match went down to the wire, but Bangladesh was able to hold their nerve and chase down the target.
Bangladesh’s bowlers were key to their victory, taking wickets at regular intervals. Najmul Hossain Shanto also played a crucial role with his unbeaten half-century.
This victory will be a morale booster for Bangladesh as they look to continue their good form in the World Cup.