249/7 (50.0 ov)BAN
VS
AFG 246/7 (50.0 ov)
CRR: 4.92 | Bangladesh beat Afghanistan by 3 runs

BAN beat AFG by 3 runs | Bangladesh vs Afghanistan, Highlights And Cricket Score Super Four - 4 ODI Match

Asia Cup, 2018

Date: Sep 23, 2018 Start Time: 17:00 IST | 11:30 GMT | 15:30 Local
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Bangladesh vs Afghanistan Highlights And Cricket Score Super Four - 4 Match - ODI Summary

End of Over : 50.0 AFG: 246/7

Bangladesh win and keep themselves in the hunt. A good showing with the ball in the death, along with some fine batting from the middle order puts them in a virtual semi-final when they face Pakistan in a few days. Also, another Afghanistan game, another thrilling contest. It's been a roller coaster ride for them in this tournament, but there's still one more game to go. This team has taken great strides forward in its progress, so they'd like to cap it off with a win. They face India on Tuesday in Dubai at 1530 local (1130 GMT). Do join in for it. Till then, cheers!

Man of the Match, Mahmudullah says that the weather was hot and he was feeling a bit tired while he was batting. Adds further that they did well at the end to keep their nerves and eventually win it. Credits Mustafizur for how he finished the last over even after his cramps and calf strain. Reckons that Afghanistan have some good hitters but feels his bowlers did a really good job to win it for them today. States that he always feels happy to contribute for his team. Admits that Imrul Kayes and himself had a good partnership in the first innings when Bangladesh were in a spot of bother. Ends by saying that they will need to bring their A game out on the 26th if they are to have any chance of beating Pakistan as they are playing some good cricket.

Mashrafe Mortaza, the Bangladesh captain says, end of the match must was like a magician. We could no9t score 8-9 runs, but this time we defended. Shakib bowled really well in the death, Must focus was to look for wicket and stop run flow. Mahmudullah and Kayes played really well on this slow and sticky pitch not the best for batting, they played well to get that total. Must was running a bit slow and bowled cutter as he was not able to bowl the yorkers because of his calf strain,. This win will instill confidence and we hope to take it ahead in the tournament.

Afghanistan captain, Asghar Afghan thanks the almighty first. He then congratulates the Bangladesh team and states that they played well. Admits that to make 8 runs off the last 6 balls was not difficult. Feels that Gulbadin Naib was their main batsman who could have taken them across the line in the last over but sadly he failed to do so. Also feels that Mustafizur Rahman is a very good bowler with lots of variations and he bowled really well in the death overs. Mentions that during the middle overs they were progressing well and on course while executing their plans. Adds further that they had enough wickets at the end and that was the initial plan. Reckons that if their batsmen had taken singles and doubles instead of looking for the big shots in the final over, they would have got over the line. Also says that chasing a total of 250 is not very difficult on this ground and feels they should have got the job done. Ends by saying that they have learnt a lot by playing against full member teams.

Bangladesh were good with the ball for the most part. Started well, were frugal but just lost it a bit towards the end when Nabi decided to take the attack to them, but a phenomenal last over from Mustafizur ensured they got maximum points from this game. Mortaza was good in his second spell when he came back on, the rest were decent, but Mustafizur was sensational. A lot of the credit for the win goes to him. Earlier in the day, Bangladesh got close to 250 on the back of a century stand between Mahmudullah and Kayes, with both of them scoring a fifty each. It eventually proved enough for their opposition.

Chasing a target of 250, Afghanistan didn't get off to the best of starts losing two early wickets. Post that, the Bangla bowlers kept applying the pressure and kept the run flow very much in check. There were two good partnerships in the middle, one between Shahzad and Shahidi and the next between Shahidi and Asghar, but the former went at a slow rate and that hampered things quite a lot. Still, despite that, some big hitting towards the end from Nabi saw his team come close, but it wasn't to be.

Death bowling at its best. The left-armer Rahman shows once again why he's one of the best in the business. Afghanistan came close, but just couldn't get themselves over the line. For the neutral, it made for some excellent viewing. One to remember for a good while.

49.6 0

Mustafizur Rahman to Samiullah Shenwari. And that's it! BANGLADESH WIN BY 3 RUNS! What an over from Mustafizur Rahman. Still so young but has so much experience already and he's shown that here tonight. Superb stuff. He angles it across the batsman on a back of a length, Shenwari goes for the big pull. Misses the ball and the bat slips out of his hands as well.

49.5 1

Mustafizur Rahman to Gulbadin Naib. Another leg bye. 4 needed to win now for Afghanistan. If the heat in Abu Dhabi wasn't enough, this game just brought a whole lot more with it. The left-armer lands a length ball on the stumps, Naib moves across his sticks to scoop it over the keeper's head but it goes off his pads towards short fine leg and the batsmen cross over.

49.4 0

Mustafizur Rahman to Gulbadin Naib. Beaten! Length delivery hurled across, Naib swings and misses.

49.3 1

Mustafizur Rahman to Samiullah Shenwari. Everyone is appealing for a catch but the umpire signals a leg bye. Interesting. Length ball around leg, the cutter, Shenwari looks to clear short fine leg but apparently misses and the ball lobs towards the same position. Mortaza takes the catch and all appeal, but in vain. A leg bye is taken.

49.2 W

Mustafizur Rahman to Rashid Khan. OUT! Rashid doesn't last very long! Mustafizur cramps Khan for room seeing him back away. Bangs it short and the batsman looks to swing across the line. Gets it off the top half and it pops back to the bowler who gobbles it up. Still 6 in 4. Still some batting left for Afghanistan. The game, still very much in the balance.

49.1 2

Mustafizur Rahman to Rashid Khan. Superbly placed. Length delivery around off, Khan backs away and slaps it past the diving extra cover fielder. That instantly means an extra run and the batsmen take two as the sweeper mops it up.

End of Over : 49 11 Runs 50.0: 242/6
48.6 1

Shakib Al Hasan to Rashid Khan. High full toss on the stumps and Rashid misses out. He slaps it over covers and the batsmen just take the one. Khan wanted the second but his partner refused. 8 off the final over to win for Afghanistan.

48.5 2

Shakib Al Hasan to Rashid Khan. Played to the point region by the batsman. Two runs added to the total.

48.4 1

Shakib Al Hasan to Samiullah Shenwari. Fuller around leg, Shenwari swings and it goes off the back of the bat past the keeper down the leg side. A single is collected.

48.3 W

Shakib Al Hasan to Mohammad Nabi. OUT! Gone next ball! What's going to happen here? Nobody can tell. Can go either way. Nabi takes it on the full and looks to clear wide long off. Doesn't get enough elevation on it and it flies towards Shanto there. He moves to his left and takes a good diving catch. Nabi departs, but he's brought his team in a good position.

48.2 6

Shakib Al Hasan to Mohammad Nabi. SIX! Take a bow, Mohammad Nabi. Doing it for his team and taking it home. Beautiful. Shakib floats it up and Nabi gives the charge. Connects sweetly and sends it sailing deep into the long off stands for a biggie.

48.1 1

Shakib Al Hasan to Samiullah Shenwari. Good running. Samiullah works it down in front of mid-wicket and within no time calls for the run. Both batsmen take off and complete the run.

Summary

Afghanistan and Bangladesh will be meeting each other, again, only in a few days at Asia Cup 2018. However, unlike their previous encounter which was a dead-rubber, this would be a crucial contest, as it would be a ‘Super 4’ round match. A loss here would see Afghanistan virtually out of the race for final of 2018 Asia Cup.

 

In Afghanistan’s context, the team has already lost one match in Super 4, against Pakistan. The last over thriller would have hurt Afghanistan as they had the game in their grip most of the time. Pakistan escaped a narrow defeat as senior player Shoaib Malik played a calm finisher’s role and saw his side home.

 

Bangladesh would be coming off from a loss against India and would be looking to make amends against Afghanistan. Their previous loss by 136 runs would still be hurting them. However, Bangladesh had rested three players then.

 

Come Sunday; it will be interesting to see which side wins at the end of the night. As a loss for any team would mean falling out of the Asia Cup 2018 final’s race.

 

Afghanistan Asia Cup 2018 squad: Asghar Afghan (c), Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Ihsanullah Janat, Javed Ahmadi, Rahmat Shah, Hashmat Shahidi, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Najibullah Zadran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Aftab Alam, Samiullah Shinwari, Munir Ahmad Kakar (wk), Sayed Ahmad Sherzad, Sharafudin Ashraf, and Yamin Ahmadzai.

 

Bangladesh Asia Cup 2018 squad: Masrafe Bin Mortaza (c), Shakib Al Hasan (vc), Tamim Iqbal Khan, Mohammad Mithun, Litton Kumar Das, Mushfiqur Rahim, Ariful Haque, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain Saikat, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Nazmul Islam Apu, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, and Abu Haider Rony.

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