Bangladesh beat Afghanistan by 3 runs in Asia Cup Thriller

Mahmudullah 74 today against Afghanistan
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Bangladesh won the toss and decided to bat against Afghanistan, at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi today, in the Asia Cup.

Bangladesh  249 - 7 (Liton Das 41, Mahmudullah 74, Imrul Kayes 72*; Aftab Alam 3-54)

Afghanistan  246-7 (Mohammad Shahzad 53, Hashmatullah Shahidi 77)

Result  - Bangladesh won by 3 runs

Scorecard

At 18-2 after 5 overs, Bangladesh were in some trouble, however , Liton Das 41, Mahmudullah 74 and Imrul Kayes 72* batted steadily to get Bangladesh to 249-7 after their allotted 50 overs. Aftab Alam 3-54 was the pick of Afghanistan bowlers.

In reply, it was a brave run chase by Afghanistan which all went down to the last over and needing 8 runs to win.

Earlier, the Afghanistan batsmen Mohammad Shahzad 53,   Hashmatullah Shahidi 77,  Asghar Afghan 39, Mohammad Nabi 38 and Samiullah Shenwari had made the improbable seem probable. However, it wasn’t to be and Afghanistan came up just 4 runs short of a famous victory, with Mustafizur Rahman the hero for Bangladesh, conceding just 4 runs in the last over.

 

Afghanistan - Mohammad Shahzad(wk), Ihsanullah, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Samiullah Shenwari, Asghar Afghan(c), Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Aftab Alam, Mujeeb Ur Rahman

Bangladesh - Liton Das, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim(wk), Mahmudullah, Imrul Kayes, Mohammad Mithun, Mashrafe Mortaza(c), Mehedi Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman, Nazmul Islam

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