Not often do you see a team so admired before it has even played a single game in the One-Day International World Cup. At the Manuka Oval in Canberra, on Wednesday, almost everyone was egging them on as history was made.
An all-round performance from Shakib Al Hasan and a blazing half-century from Mushfiqur Rahim helped Bangladesh overcome initial lethargy to beat Afghanistan by 105 runs in their opening encounter in Canberra.
From Zimbabwe beating Australia in their first One-Day International match during the 1983 World Cup to Ireland beating England in the last version of the tournament, there has been no lack of unexpected and dramatic results in cricket’s show piece event.
In an exciting bit of news for the Afghanistan and Ireland cricket board ahead of the upcoming cricket World Cup, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced a possibility for direct qualification for the two Affiliate Members for the 2019 cricket World Cup.
Afghanistan who will make their debut at the ICC World Cup this year, are preparing for the big tournament in Kabul. Andy Moles, the team coach said that it would be an incredible effort if their team could make it to the super eights.
Josh Davey scored a half-century and then took six wickets as Scotland bowled out Afghanistan for 63 on their way to a crushing 150-run win in the fourth match of the Associates One-Day International tri-series in Abu Dhabi.