A effective efficiency from the spinners and an impactful cameo from Najibullah Zadran helped Afghanistan report a seven-wicket win over Bangladesh within the Asia Cup at Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Tuesday. Afghanistan’s star spinners Mujeeb Ur Rahman (3/16) and Rashid Khan (3/22) ran by a reckless Bangladesh batting line-up to limit the opposition to 127. Bangladesh stifled Afghanistan within the run chase earlier than Najibullah’s belligerent 43 not out off 17 balls, comprising six sixes, received his crew over the road in 18.3 overs.
Ibrahim Zadran additionally contributed with 42 off 41 balls as he shared an unbeaten 69-run stand off 36 balls with Najibullah.
With their second win in as many video games, Afghanistan additionally turned the primary crew to qualify for the Super 4s. Like Bangladesh, Afghanistan too discovered it onerous to push the scoring fee.
Skipper Shakib Al Hasan opened the bowling for Bangladesh and returned with spectacular figures of 1 for 13 in 4 overs. The opposite bowlers too had been correct with Afghanistan batters not in a position to put them away.
After the autumn of openers Hazratullah Zazai (23) and Rahmanullah Gurbaz (11), Afghanistan discovered themselves needing 80 off the final 10 overs.
With the batters struggling to search out the massive hits, it appeared the sport would go all the way down to the wire. Nevertheless, a barrage of sixes from Najibullah rapidly change the course of the sport.
It was solely becoming that the left-hander completed the sport with a six.
Earlier, Mossadek Hossain (48 not out off 31 balls) was the only Bangladesh batter who performed well and saved Bangladesh the blushes.
It was the pacers who rocked Sri Lanka in Afghanistan’s earlier match however the crew’s conventional power, the spin, wreaked havoc right here as Mujeeb and Rashid shared three wickets every. The spinners had a transparent plan to focus on the stumps and Bangladesh batters selected to play cross-batted strokes in opposition to them, resulting in their downfall.
Mujeeb broke the spine of Bangladesh batting by placing thrice within the powerplay. He used the slider successfully to get by left-handed Mohammad Naim’s (6) stumps earlier than Anamul Haque (5) went for the slog sweep solely to be trapped in entrance of the stumps.
Mujeeb’s third scalp was of opposition skipper Shakib Al Hasan (11) who performed a poor shot to see his stumps dislodged.
Primary spinner Rashid then joined the social gathering by eradicating the seasoned Mushfiqur Rahim (1) with a googly. He removed left-handed Afif Hussain (12 off 15 balls) with a leg-break, leaving Bangladesh in dire straits at 53 for 5. The short tempo each the spinners bowl at didn’t give the batters time to free their arms.
The skilled Mahmudullah (25) and Hossain tried to stabilise the innings however the harm was already carried out.
Medium pacer Azamatullah Omarzai was introduced into the assault within the twentieth over during which he did effectively to concede simply seven runs.
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