Bangladesh 133-8 (Mithun 47) beat
United Arab Emirates 82 (Usman 30) by 51 runs
Third match, Mirpur, Asia Cup
An all-round effort from Mahmudullah helped his team post a total of 133 runs before Bangladesh rattled United Arab Emirates, bowling them out for 82 runs to secure a 51-run victory in the third match of the 2016 Asia Cup in Mirpur.
UAE won the toss and opted to bowl first. Bangladesh got off to a slow start but in the fifth over, Mohammad Mithun (47) struck a six and a four after being dropped.
Soumya Sarkar (21) holed out to mid-on off Mohammad Shahzad (1-38) leaving Bangladesh at 48 for one after the powerplay.
As Mithun played the big shots, Sabbir Rahman (6) failed to get going and his stay at the crease ended when he was caught at midwicket off Rohan Mustafa (1-30).
In the 12th over, three runs short of his fifty, Mithun ventured down the track, failed to middle the ball and was run out by the keeper.
Bangladesh continued to slide further as Mushfiqur Rahim (4) edged a Mohammad Naveed (2-12) delivery to the wicket-keeper leaving Bangladesh four down for 83 runs.
Mahmudullah (36 not out) and Shakib Al Hasan (13) got a partnership going but Amjad Javed (2-34) struck twice in the 18th over to dismiss Shakib and Nurul Hasan (0) whereas Naveed saw the back of Mashrafe Mortaza (0), who was caught at long off.
However, Mahmudullah smashed 17 runs off the final over to boost Bangladesh’s total to 133 for eight in 20 overs. Naveed was the pick of the bowlers, taking two wickets while conceding just 12 runs.
UAE received an early reprieve when Mustafa (18) was dropped in the very first over. UAE lost the wickets of Muhammad Kaleem (0) and Mustafa inside the powerplay and were restricted to 32 for two after six overs.
In the next two overs, Bangladesh picked the wickets of Shaiman Anwar (1), Shahzad (12) and Swapnil Patil (0) as UAE lost half their side with just 34 runs on the board.
There was no respite in sight for UAE as Javed (3) stepped onto the stumps off Mahmudullah (2-5) while Fahad Tariq (0) was stumped off Shakib (2-20).
With the required rate climbing over 10 runs an over, Mahmudullah had Saqlain Haider (2) caught in the covers.
Despite the best efforts of Muhammad Usman (30), UAE were eventually bowled out for 82 runs in the 18th over, conceding a 51-run victory to Bangladesh.
Mahmudullah, Mortaza (2-12), Mustafizur Rahman (2-13) and Taskin (1-24) took two wickets each. Mahmudullah was the man of the match for his all-round efforts.
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