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07-Oct-2023 11:04:00 GMT
Afghanistan vs Bangladesh - 3rd Match, Dharamsala

Allround Miraz and Shakib star in Bangladesh easy win

Bangladesh 158 for 4 (Shanto 59*, Miraz 57) beat Afghanistan (Gurbaz 47, Miraz 3-25, Shakib 3-30) by 6 wickets

Dharamsala: Exceptional performances in all three departments helped Bangladesh to a win over Afghanistan in their opening ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023 encounter in Dharamsala.

An inspired performance with the ball saw Bangladesh bowl out Afghnistan for just 156 and that total was never going to be enough as Shakib Al Hasan's side cruised to victory in the 35th over.

After being rattled early on in their innings, Bangladesh managed to gain ascendancy in their contest against Afghanistan in Dharamsala.

They were assisted by some errors made by Afghanistan fielders.

Earlier, Bangladesh bowlers showed top form against Afghanistan and bowled out their Asian rivals for 156. Shakib Al Hasan (3/30), Mehidy Hasan Miraz (3/25), and Shoriful Islam (2/34) starred with the ball.

Opener Rahmanullah Gurbaz top-scored for Afghanistan with 47, but he received little support from his teammates.

Defending a modest target of 157, Afghanistan got the near perfect start at the back of some sharp work in the field. A direct hit from Najibullah Zadran caught Tanzid Hasan (5) short of his ground in the fifth over. A couple of overs later, Fazalhaq Farooqi bowled Litton Das.

Afghanistan missed out on a close third chance, when Mehidy Hasan Miraz was dropped off the bowling of Farooqi. This, and another drop off his bat in the 12th over, helped Mehidy to get his groove in and take the Bangladesh innings ahead.

The all-rounder had struck four out of seven boundaries for his side by the 20 over mark. He added 97 runs for the third wicket with Najmul Hossain Shanto. His knock of 57 finally came to an end courtesy a brilliant one-handed take from Rahmat Shah at mid-off.

However, Bangladesh were already far ahead in the game at this stage. Shanto reached his half-century in the 34th over and his side packed up the game in the 35th over.

The Afghanistan openers made a fast start and reached 47 without loss until Ibrahim Zadran (22) was caught off the bowling of Shakib following a mis-timed sweep into the deep.

Afghanistan were still well-placed at the end of the Powerplay on 50/1 with Gurbaz building a composed innings.

Rahmat Shah (18) joined Gurbaz at the crease and they took the score to 83 before Shakib struck again with the first ball after the drinks break.

Afghanistan looked set to make the most of a patient approach until Bangladesh hit back to dismiss Hashmatullah Shahidi (18) and then claim the big wicket of Gurbaz (47) both with the score on 112.

Afghanistan's slide continued beyond the middle over mark. Shakib struck in the 29th over to clean up Najibullah Zadran. In the very next over, aggressive all-rounder Mohammed Nabi was bowled by Taskin Ahmed.

Afghanistan's hopes then rested on their all-round star, Rashid Khan. And a 24-run stand for the seventh wicket seemed to stabilize the Afghanistan innings. However, Rashid's loss in the 35th over to Mehidy Hasan Miraz, ended their resistance. The tail failed to wag, and added merely six runs after Rashid's dismissal.

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