Asia Cup 2018: Afghanistan bat first against Bangladesh

Sergio Cunningham
September 22, 2018

Bangladesh take on Afghanistan in the third and last match of Group B of the Asia Cup 2018.

Winning the toss and electing to bat, Afghanistan did not have the best of starts as they lost Ihsanullah Janat in the second over of their innings by debutant Abu Hider.

But as soon as Rashid joined No 8 batter Gulbadin Naib in the middle, the duo worked on a last-minute partnership, adding 95 unbroken runs for the eighth wicket and finishing the innings with a competitive total.

Bangladesh will now travel to Dubai where they will take on India while Afghanistan will face Pakistan in the Super Four stage.

Shakib was the pick of the Bangladesh bowlers as he scalped four wickets. Bangladesh eventually were all out for just 119 in 42.1 overs.

The final group stage clash between Bangladesh and Afghanistan ends up in being an exhibition after the schedule of Super Four round being announced.

The next over, pacer Aftab Alam trapped Liton Das (6) LBW with an inswing delivery to reduce Bangladesh to 17 for 2. Let's now take a look at how the two teams line up before we make our Asia Cup prediction for Bangladesh vs Afghanistan.

Rashid's delivery beat Shakib completely for pace as the batsman went back but was a bit late to bring his bat down in the 24th over.

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When Shakib, who did not hit a single boundary in his 55-ball 32, was out, Bangladesh were 79 for 5 then and staring at a defeat.

Bangladesh chasing 256 runs for victory was struggling at 59 for four wickets at the end of 20 overs in their Asia Cup Group B match against Afghanistan at Abu Dhabi.

Rashid smashed four fours in the final over bowled by Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza to reach a brilliant fifty off 31 balls and with it help his team cross the 250-run mark. They came together in the 41st over at 160 for 7 and remained unconquered till the end. However, Rashid (57 not out) and Naib (42 not out) made the final 10 overs count with a flurry of boundaries.

Hashmatullah Shahidi had kept the Afghans in the hunt with a fighting 92-ball 58 after his side were reduced to 28 for 2 in the sixth over itself.

Naib had Mominul Haque (9) caught by wicketkeeper Mohammad Shahzad before disturbing the stumps of Mohammad Mithun (2).

In his column for the Times of India, Sivaramakrishnan wrote, "Afghanistan have been a unsafe limited overs team for a while now, but as they are becoming more consistent with the bat, they are emerging as a serious force that can run any opposition close".

Shakib then added another wicket to his kitty in the 34th over by having Samiullah Shenwari (18) to reduce Afghanistan to 239 for 5.

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