Afghans stun Bangladesh

Debutants pull off 32-run victory

Afghans stun Bangladesh

Afghanistan notched up their first major win against a Test playing nation as they produced an all-round performance to script an upset 32-run victory over Bangladesh in their Asia Cup match here on Saturday.

Chasing 255 for victory, Bangladesh could not recover from a top-order collapse and kept on losing wickets at regular intervals to be bundled out for 222 in 47.5 overs at Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium to slump to their second consecutive loss in the five-nation regional tournament.

Barring Mominul Haque (50), Nasir Hossain (41) and Ziaur Rahman (41), none of their batsmen showed enough patience to stay at the crease and grind it out.

Rahman tried to change the course of the game with a few lusty blows towards the end but his efforts could not stop Afghanistan from creating a cricketing history.

Afghanistan’s inexperience at the international level was on full display when their butterfingered fielders dropped as many as four catches and gave away few easy runs.

But the gutsy team from the strife-torn nation held its nerve to pull off a dramatic victory over Bangladesh, kicking off jubilant celebrations in their camp.

This was after rearguard half-centuries from Asghar Stanikzai (90 not out) and Samiullah Shenwari (81) took the visitors to 254/6 after being put in to bat.

Afghanistan were once in trouble at 90/5, but Stanikzai and Shenwari got together and added 164 from 138 balls for the sixth-wicket partnership to take Afghanistan past 250.

Bangladesh conceded 107 runs from last 10 overs as the duo of Stanikzai and Shenwari first stressed on building the innings and then unleashed an array of powerful strokes at the death to post a competitive total.

Bangladesh started their run chase on a disastrous note, losing openers Shamsur Rahman (0) and Anamul Haque (1) with just one run on the board.

Mominul and Mushfiqur Rahim (23) tried to resurrect the innings with a 68-run stand for the third wicket but both were dismissed in quick succession to leave Bangladesh reeling at 88/4 halfway through their innings.

Momimul was castled by Samiullah Shenwari just after the batsman completed his half-century, laced with six fours. Hossain cashed in on two dropped chances to score a patient 60-ball 41 and also raised a 73-run stand for the fifth wicket with Naeem Islam (35) to provide stabilitity to the floundering innings.

AFGHANISTAN
Md Shahzad lbw R Hossain    2
Sadiq c&b Sunny    12
N Zadran b Sunny    21
Stanikzai (not out)    90
Mangal (run out)    24
Nabi c N Hossain b M Haque    7
Shenwari (run out)    81
Ashraf (not out)    0
Extras (B-1, LB-6, W-10)    17
Total (for 6 wkts, 50 overs)    254
Fall of wickets: 1-6, 2-40, 3-43, 4-74, 5-90, 6-254. Bowling: R Hossain 10-0-61-1, Razzak 10-1-57-0, Sunny 10-0-44-2, Gazi 0.3-0-0-0, N Hossain 2.3-0-8-0, M Haque 10-0-38-1, Rahman 7-0-39-0.
BANGLADESH
Anamul lbw Hassan    1
Shamsur b Zadran    0
Mominul b Shenwari    50
Rahim lbw Nabi    23
Nasir c Shenwari b Ashraf    41
Islam c Mangal b Hassan    35
Rahman b Nabi    41
Razzak (run out)    0
Sunny c Shahzad b Zadran    0
Rubel c Mangal b Nabi    17
Gazi (not out)    2
Extras (B-4, LB-2, W-6)    12     Total (all out; 47.5 overs)     222
Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-1, 3-69, 4-88, 5-161, 6-165, 7-165, 8-165, 9-205. 
Bowling: Zadran 8-0-39-2, Hassan 6.1-1-26-2, Sadiq 2-0-9-0, Ashraf 9-0-51-1, Nabi 9.4-0-44-3, Hotak 7-0-24-0, Shenwari 6-0-23-1.

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