Afghanistan, Bangladesh Win Warm-Ups
Afghanistan beat the Netherlands and Bangladesh beat the United Arab Emirates as the warm-up matches ahead of the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh got underway.
Afghanistan dismissed the Dutch for just 86 on their way to a 35-run win on the Duckworth/Lewis method while Bangladesh were pushed hard by UAE before winning by four wickets.
UAE, set to play at the ICC WT20 for the first time, made good progress with the bat and scored 142 for seven thanks to Faizan Asif's 31 in 22 balls and Khurram Khan's 44 in 35.
Farhad Reza took two for 25 to lead Bangladesh's fightback and they just about kept UAE in check.
In reply, fit-again Tamim Iqbal blasted 43 in 30 balls but Anamul Haque (0) and Shakib Al Hasan (9) fell to Manjula Guruge.
Mushfiqur Rahim made 27 in 20 balls but Bangladesh stuttured again. Mushfiqur fell to Kamran Shahzad, Tamim was caught and bowled by Rohan Mustafa and Amjad Javed removed Nasir Hossain for 15 and then Mominul Haque for four.
Next warm-up fixtures
Afghanistan v Zimbabwe,
Bangladesh v Ireland,
Hong Kong v Netherlands,
Nepal v United Arab Emirates
That left them at 112 for six, but they got home thanks to Mahmudullah hitting 29 not out in 18 balls and Farhad an unbeaten 14 in seven balls.
Afghanistan made a poor start to their game against the Netherlands but recovered spectacularly to post 150 for seven.
Mohammad Shahzad was caught off Michael Swart from the first ball of the game and Nawroz Mangal was bowled by Pieter Seelar for nine to leave them at 47 for two.
Karim Sadiq (39 in 33 balls), Shafiqullah (39 in 26) and Mohammad Nabi (40 in 25) then launched into the Netherlands bowlers while Najibullah Zadran was unbeaten on 14.
Bad weather reduced the Netherlands' target to 122 in 15 overs but they never got anywhere near it.
Swart top scored with 20 as they lasted just 12.3 overs before being bowled out. Aftab Alam led the way for Afghanistan with four for 25, Hamza Hotak took three for 16 and there was a wicket apiece for Karim Sadiq and Nabi.
Wesley Barresi (15), Stephanus Myburgh (14) and Michael Rippon (11) were the only others to reach double figures.
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