Bangladesh vs Afghanistan Match Highlights – Bangladesh still have a chance of making it to the semi-final spot. They beat Afghanistan by 62 runs. It was a collective team effort which produced a convincing win over Afghanistan.
Bangladesh Vs Afghanistan – Match Highlights – Match Summary
This was a must-win game for Bangladesh, they were in need of those 2 points which helped them go ahead in this world cup 2019. Bangladesh batted first and they promoted Liton Das to open the innings with Tamim Iqbal. But the start wasn’t good, Das with Iqbal could only 23 runs on the board. It was Mujeeb Ur Rahman to do the trick for Afghanistan. Liton Das was out for just 16 runs.
Then came the in-form player Shakib Al Hasan. He and Iqbal batted for a while and shared a small partnership between them. This partnership of 45 runs kept Bangladesh in the game. It should have been a long stand for Bangladesh, but it wasn’t to be. Mohd Nabi broke this stand and brought Afghanistan back into the contest. Tamim Iqbal was out for 36 runs.
Then Bangladesh steadied the ship and made a strong grip in the match. The partnership between Bangladesh’s two experienced players made Afghanistan sweat for their wicket. Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim’s 61 run stand helped the Bangla Tigers to be in a stronger position. Sakib reached his yet another fifty in this tournament. His glorious run continued in this match too. But he couldn’t convert that fifty into the three-figure mark. He was out soon after he reached his personal milestone. Shakib was out for 51 runs.
Bangladesh vs Afghanistan Match Highlights
Bangladesh’s senior pro Mushfiqur Rahim continued to hold the innings together. He batted through the tough phrases and the other players like Soumya Sarkar and Mahmudullah batted around him. But the idea of opening the innings from Liton Das and sending Soumya Sarkar down the order didn’t work for them. Both of them failed to make a mark in this game. Sarkar was out for just 3 runs. Mahmudullah Riyad played a slow knock that didn’t help Bangladesh to score quickly. The Afghans bowled some tight line that made him difficult to score runs and at last Mahmudullah’s innings was ended skipper Naib for 27 runs which he scored from 38 balls.
It was Mosaddek Hossain and Mushfiqur Rahim who took Bangladesh beyond 250 run mark. Bangladesh needed a few more of lusty blows but Mushfiqur was out after scoring 69 runs. It was an innings from Mosaddek Hossain which gave Bangladesh a score of 262 runs from their 50 overs. Mosaddek was the last man to be dismissed for 35 runs.
Bangladesh Vs Afghanistan Match Highlights – Afghanistan’s Bowling
Afghanistan bowed well against India but in this match, they were not at their best. Mujeeb Ur Rahman was the pick of the bowlers for Afghanistan. He took3 wickets, with him Naib took 2 wickets. Zadran and Nabi also took 1 wicket each to their name.
Rashid Khan went wicketless again. He proved to be expensive for Afghanistan in this encounter.
Bangladesh Vs Afghanistan Match Highlights – Afghanistan’s Batting
It wasn’t an easy chase for Afghanistan, their inexperience in batting hurt them here too. The openers showed some patience in the first 10 overs. They had a cautious start to their chase. The openers added 49 runs in 10.5 overs. But once openers were out it was the same old story for Afghanistan. Their batters need to convert the start into a big one. Rahmat Shah was the first one to be dismissed by Shakib for 24 runs.
The Afghan openers played the pacers well but the spin of Shakib Al Hasan did the trick for Bangladesh. Just like the last match, Afghanistan didn’t share any partnerships in their innings. Hashmatullah Shahidi got a beauty from Mosaddek. He was comfortably stumped by Mushfiqur behind the stumps. Shahidi was out for 11 runs.
The wickets continued to tumble for Afghanistan, Shakib kept Bangladesh in the game. Shakib picked up two more wickets that pushed Afghanistan on the back foot. Shakib got the wickets of Naib and Nabi in the same over which helped Bangladesh sneak closer to a comfortable win.
Afghanistan was in all sorts of trouble. Their middle order was blown away by the spin of Bangladesh as Asghar Afghan too perished for a low score. It was the partnership that came late in the innings. This partnership was between Shinwari and Najibullah which took control of the innings. Their 56 run stand kept Afghanistan in the hunt.
Shinwari played well but unfortunately, he didn’t get the right support apart from Najibullah Zadaran. This partnership was broken by Shakib, he was stumped by Rahim behind the stumps. Shakib took a 5 wicket haul and become the first Bangladeshi bowler to take a 5 wicket haul in World Cups and he also becomes the first Bangladeshi and the second player to score a 50 and take 5 wicket haul in the same match.
After this milestone, Bangladesh warped up Afghanistan’s innings. Mustifizur Rahman and Saifuddin finished the job for Bangladesh. Afghanistan were bundled out for 200 runs in47 overs and it was a comfortable victory for Bangladesh by 62 runs.
Bangladesh Vs Afghanistan Match Highlights – Bangladesh’s Bowling
Bangladesh were too good with the ball in this match, they spun a web against Afghanistan’s batsmen and the Pacers finished the job. The star from Bangladesh’s bowling unit was Shakib Al Hasan. He took 5 wickets in the match and won the game for his country.
With Shakib, Mustifizur took 2 wickets while Mosaddek and Saifuddin took 1 wicket each to their name. Bangladesh will face a tougher challenge in India and Pakistan. Shakib Al Hasan was awarded the man of the match for his all-round performance.
Next Match – England Vs Australia at Lords on 25th June 2019.
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