Asia Cup 2018 Afghanistan Vs Bangladesh Match Highlights:
∙ Afghanistan defeated Bangladesh by 136 runs in the final group match of the tournament
∙ Batting first they made 255-7 before dismissing Bangladesh for 119
∙ Rashid Khan took 2-19 and made 57
∙ The win meant Afghanistan topped Group B
Coming back to Asia Cup 2018 Afghanistan Vs Bangladesh, disrupters Afghanistan came out with another massive result on Thursday after they trashed Bangladesh by 136 runs in their final group B encounter. After having earlier knocked-out Sri Lanka to enter the Super 4, Afghanistan ensured themselves of pole position in Group B with a well-deserved victory over Bangladesh.
The match was all about Rashid Khan’s brilliance. Having delivered the goods many times with the bat and ball in the Indian Premier League, Khan was at his best for the national side yesterday. His all-out attacking innings of 57 off just 32 balls propelled his side to 255. Not done with his contributions, Khan came out to bowl a spell of 2-19 off 9 overs to suffocate Bangladesh’s chase in a match-turning performance that saw him bag the man of the match award.
Stepping out to bat first, Afghanistan knew they could send a real statement to the remaining teams in the tournament ahead of the Super 4 stage with a win over Bangladesh. Aside that was frothing with intensity and the will to establish themselves as a major cricket playing nation went about delivering an A rated performance that speaks volumes about the character and talent of the side.
An innings that saw Shahidi stabilize things with his 58, suffered a mild innings collapse that left Afghanistan reeling at 160-7. However champion sides are all made up of spectacular players who have the ability to take the onus on themselves when the going gets tough. And that is just what Afghanistan’s poster boy Rashid Khan did. Partnering with Gulbalin Naib, Khan took on Bangladesh’s bowlers in the dying overs of the game which saw him smash the likes of Mortaza and Hossain for 15+ overs. Putting on a partnership of over 80 runs, Khan (57) and Naib (42) changed the complexion of the match, taking their side to 255 off their allotted overs.
The chase was never going to be easy for Bangladesh, a team that had failed with the bat against Sri Lanka. However, the way they crumbled to hand over Afghanistan a 136 run win is simply embarrassing. Nothing can be taken away from Afghanistan’s bowlers though who for two matches now have lived up to their reputation as one of the most lethal line-ups in the businesses.
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