Bangladesh vs Afghanistan Asia Cup 2023: Bangladesh’s Remarkable Comeback Secures Convincing Victory Over Afghanistan in Asia Cup 2023.

Bangladesh vs Afghanistan Asia Cup 2023: "Bangladesh Clinches an Impressive Win Against Afghanistan in Asia Cup 2023"

Bangladesh vs Afghanistan Asia Cup 2023: "Mehidy Hasan and Najmul Hossain Shine as Bangladesh Dominates Afghanistan"

Bangladesh vs Afghanistan Asia Cup 2023: "Afghanistan's Struggles and Bangladesh's Strong Comeback in Asia Cup Clash"

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     Bangladesh vs Afghanistan Asia Cup 2023:

Current ODI forms of Both the Teams.

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Bangladesh vs Afghanistan Asia Cup 2023:

  These are the Key Players of both the Teams.

Bangladesh vs Afghanistan Asia Cup 2023:  Head to Head.

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     Bangladesh vs Afghanistan Asia Cup 2023:  Summary of the Match.

     Bangladesh Stages a Stunning Comeback to Triumph Over Afghanistan

     In a thrilling Asia Cup 2023 encounter, Bangladesh made a remarkable comeback, securing an emphatic 89-run victory over Afghanistan. This win proved crucial for Bangladesh, as they had suffered a crushing defeat in their opening match against Sri Lanka.

     Batting Brilliance: Mehidy Hasan and Najmul Hossain Shine for Bangladesh

     Bangladesh’s resurgence was powered by outstanding batting performances from Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Najmul Hossain Shanto. These two stalwarts both scored centuries, propelling Bangladesh to a commanding total of 334/5 in their allotted 50 overs. Mehidy’s aggressive 112(119) and Shanto’s composed 104(105) set the tone for Bangladesh’s resurgence. They formed a remarkable partnership, adding 194 runs together in 190 deliveries.

     Captain Shakib Al Hasan contributed an unbeaten 18-ball 32, further strengthening Bangladesh’s innings.

     Afghanistan Struggles to Counter Bangladesh’s Dominance

     In response, Afghanistan faced early setbacks as Shoriful Islam removed Rahmanullah Gurbaz for just 1(7). Rahmat Shah and Ibrahim Zadran tried to rebuild the innings with a 78-run partnership, but Taskin Ahmed’s dismissal of Rahmat Shah for 33(57) halted their progress. Ibrahim Zadran contributed 75(74) before an exceptional catch by Mushfiqur Rahim ended his innings. Hashmatullah Shahidi managed to score 51(60) but eventually fell to Shoriful Islam.

     Despite some resistance, Afghanistan was bowled out for 245 in 44.3 overs.

     This comprehensive victory breathed new life into Bangladesh’s Asia Cup campaign, raising questions about Afghanistan’s reliance on spin and their chances of qualifying for the next stage.

     Practice session of Bangladesh Team at Gaddafi Stadium Lahore.

     Some key points:  “Bangladesh’s Must-Win Challenge”

     After suffering a five-wicket loss, Bangladesh now finds itself in a must-win situation. Another defeat would mean elimination from the tournament. Interestingly, Bangladesh faced a similar predicament in last year’s Asia Cup, which was played as a T20 competition, and they couldn’t advance past the group stage.

     “Afghanistan’s Quest for Redemption”

     The recent series against Pakistan wasn’t entirely lopsided, but the Afghanistan team’s inability to secure a single victory must have been disheartening. They faced a tough 0-3 loss. In the previous edition, Afghanistan had managed to qualify for the Super Fours, but in the fifty-over format, led by Hashmatullah Shahidi, they still have much to demonstrate and prove.

     “Batting Woes Plague Bangladesh”

     In the previous match, Sri Lanka’s spin bowlers effectively squeezed Bangladesh’s top-order batsmen, while Matheesha Pathirana cleaned up the tail. Adding to their woes, the recent record in Lahore indicates that batting won’t be a straightforward task for Bangladesh.

     “Afghanistan’s Recent Success Against Bangladesh”

     In a recent ODI series, Afghanistan secured a noteworthy 2-1 victory over Bangladesh, highlighting their impressive growth on the international cricket scene. This accomplishment gains added significance when considering that not long ago, the Indian cricket team suffered a 1-2 defeat to Bangladesh in an ODI series in December of last year.

     “Formidable Spin Trio Poses a Challenge”

     Bangladesh’s struggles against Sri Lanka’s spinners have raised concerns, and their task won’t get any easier as Afghanistan fields one of the world’s most formidable spin trios. Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, and Mujeeb-ur-Rahman are set to be the key weapons for Afghanistan, making it a challenging prospect for the Bangladesh batters.

     “Tournament Update: Results Thus Far”

     As of now, Pakistan stands as the sole team to secure a spot in the Super Fours stage, courtesy of their commanding 238-run victory over Nepal in the tournament opener. However, the much-anticipated clash between India and Pakistan in Pallekele on Saturday had to be abandoned due to rain.

     In Group B, Sri Lanka has taken control, achieving a crucial five-wicket win in their opening match.

     “Youthful Squad Gaining Experience”

     Bangladesh’s captain, Shakib Al Hasan, has emphasized that the Asia Cup serves as a valuable learning opportunity for many players in the team who are participating in their first major tournament. Following the recent loss, Shakib noted, “We managed to take wickets but couldn’t put enough runs on the board. There were noticeable nerves when we began the game, especially among the players making their Asia Cup debut. They have earned their place in the dressing room by consistently playing good cricket.”

      “Favorable Weather Conditions in Lahore”

     In contrast to Pallekele, Lahore is currently experiencing clear and hot weather conditions. This indicates that we can anticipate a full day of play for the Group B match without any weather interruptions.

     “Rahmanullah Gurbaz: A Potential Game-Changer”

     During the pre-match show, Andy Flower highlighted Rahmanullah Gurbaz as a pivotal player for Afghanistan in the batting department. Flower expressed, “They are an extremely formidable team. Gurbaz and Zadran make a formidable opening pair. If Gurbaz finds his form, he has the potential to dismantle any bowling attack.”

     “Debut for Shamim Hossain”

     In an exciting development, Bangladesh has awarded a debut cap to all-rounder Shamim Hossain just ahead of the toss.

     Head-to-Head ODI Record:

     Total Matches Played: 14

     Bangladesh Wins: 8

     Afghanistan Wins: 6

     The highest first innings ODI total at Gaddafi Stadium was recorded by Pakistan, scoring 375/3 against Zimbabwe in the year 2015.

Bangladesh vs Afghanistan Asia Cup 2023:

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     “Bangladesh’s Trio of Alterations”

     While the detailed team lineup is pending, the Bangladesh captain announced three changes in the team just before the toss. One of these changes includes the introduction of debutant Shamim Hossain into the starting XI.

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     “Bangladesh Opts to Bat First After Winning Toss”

     Captain Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh has won the toss and decided to bat first. He believes the pitch favors batting, coupled with favorable weather conditions, characterized by the heat and an expectation of minimal assistance for bowlers. Shakib underscores the importance of their batsmen performing well and setting a competitive total. He mentions that the team has had a chance to regroup after their previous loss and has developed new strategies they are determined to execute effectively. Shakib also notes that they have made three changes to the team, possibly aiming to bolster their lineup for this crucial match.

     “Afghanistan Captain Open to Batting First”

     Hashmatullah Shahidi, Afghanistan’s captain, conveys his inclination towards batting first but acknowledges that the toss outcome is a facet of the game. He alludes to their recent series against Pakistan, indicating that they possess a solid understanding of the pitch’s behavior and have tailored their strategies accordingly. He implies that Afghanistan has a well-structured game plan crafted to deal with the pitch conditions in this pivotal match.

     “Pitch Analysis by Deepdas Gupta”

     Pitchside expert Deepdas Gupta (DDS) offers insights into the pitch conditions. He notes that the wicket seems dry but contains some grass, indicating the potential for seamers to find early assistance. Despite favorable overhead conditions for batting, the initial overs with the new ball are expected to be critical.

     Gupta suggests that as the match progresses, the role of spinners is likely to become more prominent. This could explain why both captains chose to bat first. The information underscores the evolving nature of the pitch conditions throughout the match, necessitating adaptability from both batting and bowling sides.

     Time for National Anthems: The players and match officials will gather on the field for the national anthems. The sequence will commence with Afghanistan’s national anthem, followed by the national anthem of Bangladesh, setting the stage for the upcoming contest.

     “Action Gets Underway!”

     Following the national anthems, the players step onto the field. Bangladesh’s opening pair, Mohammad Naim and Mehidy Hasan Miraz, are set to take the crease. Fazalhaq Farooqi will initiate proceedings with the ball for Afghanistan, signaling the start of the action-packed match.

     After the first over, Bangladesh is at 14/0. In the over:

  • Mohammad Naim hits a FOUR, guiding the ball to the point boundary.
  • Afghanistan concedes 5 WIDES, gifting Bangladesh extra runs.
  • Mohammad Naim follows up with another FOUR, this time getting an under edge that goes between the slips.
  • The over concludes with a single.
  • Fazalhaq Farooqi 1-0-14-0

     After 2 overs, Bangladesh is 22/0. Mohammad Naim and Mehidy Hasan Miraz are the opening pair. Afghanistan’s bowler Mujeeb Ur Rahman struggled with 5 wides but recovered with two dot balls to finish the over. Mujeeb Ur Rahman 1-0-8-0.

     After 3 overs, Bangladesh is at 30/0. Mohammad Naim plays a fine off-drive for four after edging one that didn’t carry to the slip. Farooqi is the bowler, and Naim is looking in good touch. Fazalhaq Farooqi 2-0-22-0

     After 4 overs, Bangladesh has reached 33/0. In the fourth over bowled by Mujeeb Ur Rahman, both Mohammad Naim and Mehidy Hasan Miraz collected singles, adding three runs to the total. Mujeeb Ur Rahman 2-0-11-0

     After 5 overs, Bangladesh remains at 33/0. In the fifth over bowled by Farooqi to Mehidy Hasan Miraz, it’s a maiden over. Farooqi impressively gets the ball to move back into Mehidy and even manages to beat the batsman on a couple of occasions. A tight over from the bowler. Fazalhaq Farooqi 3-1-22-0

     After 6 overs, Bangladesh is at 37/0. In the sixth over bowled by Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Naim, and Mehidy collected singles and twos, while Rashid Khan had a moment of injury concern but looked ready to continue. Mujeeb Ur Rahman 3-0-15-0

     After 7 overs, Bangladesh has progressed to 47/0. In the seventh over bowled by Farooqi, Mehidy Hasan Miraz played some elegant shots. He started with a couple of runs, then hit a FOUR with a well-timed drive through extra cover, and added another FOUR with a stylish cut through point. Fazalhaq Farooqi 4-1-32-0

     After 8 overs, Bangladesh has reached 50/0. In the eighth over bowled by Mujeeb Ur Rahman, both Naim and Mehidy Hasan Miraz picked up singles, contributing to the steady progress of the Bangladesh innings. Mujeeb Ur Rahman 4-0-18-0

     After 9 overs, Bangladesh has progressed to 54/0. In the ninth over delivered by Gulbadin Naib, Mohammad Naim struck a well-placed FOUR through the covers. There were appeals from Afghanistan as Naim was beaten by a delivery that moved away, and an excellent stop at extra cover prevented a boundary.Gulbadin Naib 1-0-4-0

      First Wicket for Afghanistan: A much required wicket for Afghanistan, fall in form of Mohammad Naim.

     After 10 overs, Bangladesh is at 60/1. In the 10th over bowled by Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Mehidy Hasan Miraz hit a FOUR through covers. A wide added to the over’s tally, and a single was taken to fine leg. However, Mohammad Naim was dismissed by a Mujeeb googly, bowled out for 28 runs. Mujeeb Ur Rahman 5-0-24-1

     Another wicket for Afghanistan: Afghanistan strike again.

     After 11 overs, Bangladesh is at 63/2. Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Towhid Hridoy were the batters. In the 11th over, Mehidy took a single, two leg byes were added, and there were appeals for an lbw that was not given. Unfortunately, Towhid Hridoy was dismissed for a duck, caught by the first slip off Gulbadin Naib’s bowling.

     After 12 overs, Bangladesh is at 68/2. Najmul Hossain Shanto, who has just come to the crease, begins his innings with a FOUR, elegantly clipping the ball off his pads over the infield for a boundary.

     After 13 overs, Bangladesh has moved to 77/2. In the 13th over bowled by Gulbadin Naib, Mehidy Hasan Miraz survived an edge that went wide of the slip fielder, and there were appeals for a faint tickle that was denied by the umpire. Najmul Hossain Shanto contributed with two well-executed boundaries in the over, one lofted over long-on and the other driven through covers.

     After 14 overs, Bangladesh has reached 80/2. In the 14th over bowled by Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Mehidy Hasan Miraz started with a single to long off. There was a half-chance for a caught and bowled opportunity, but the batters collected a single as the bowler couldn’t gather the ball cleanly. Mehidy added one more run with a shot to deep mid-wicket.

     After 15 overs, Bangladesh has progressed to 86/2. In the 15th over bowled by Gulbadin Naib, Mehidy Hasan Miraz opened the over with a single to deep cover. Najmul Hossain Shanto hit a FOUR with a heave over mid-on, and then Naib deceived him with a slower delivery, resulting in a leading edge but no real trouble. Shanto managed to take a single.

     After 16 overs, Bangladesh is at 88/2. In the 16th over bowled by Mohammad Nabi, Najmul Hossain Shanto defended a delivery with a lot of flight. Shanto and Mehidy Hasan Miraz picked up two runs during the over, with Mehidy getting an outside edge that wasn’t stopped by the third man fielder.

     After 17 overs, Bangladesh remains at 88/2. In the 17th over bowled by Rashid Khan, it’s a perfect over with all deliveries effectively handled by Mehidy Hasan Miraz. The over concludes as a maiden, signifying Rashid Khan’s exceptional bowling skills.

     After 18 overs, Bangladesh is at 93/2. In the 18th over bowled by Mohammad Nabi, Najmul Hossain Shanto played a well-executed sweep shot to collect FOUR runs. Shanto ended the over by taking a single to retain the strike.

     After 19 overs, Bangladesh is at 99/2. In the 19th over bowled by Rashid Khan, Shanto and Mehidy Hasan Miraz accumulated runs with well-placed shots and running between the wickets. Shanto managed two runs with a placement wide of deep mid-wicket, and Mehidy contributed with singles and a run to deep point.

     100 up for Bangladesh:

     After 20 overs, Bangladesh has reached 103/2. In the 20th over bowled by Mohammad Nabi, Mehidy Hasan Miraz contributed with a single by pushing a full delivery on the leg side. This single brought up Bangladesh’s 100 runs. Nabi followed it with a dot ball and three more runs were added to the over, as the batters continued to accumulate runs steadily.

     After 21 overs, Bangladesh has reached 107/2. In the 21st over bowled by Rashid Khan, Najmul Hossain Shanto and Mehidy Hasan Miraz managed to score singles and twos by placing the ball effectively and running well between the wickets. The over concludes with a single off the final delivery.

     After 22 overs, Bangladesh has reached 116/2. In the 22nd over bowled by Mohammad Nabi, Mehidy Hasan Miraz struck an impressive SIX by launching forward and getting to the pitch of the delivery, sending it right back over Nabi’s head. The over also included singles taken to deep square, deep mid-wicket, and long-on by the batters, keeping the scoreboard ticking.

     50 up for Mehidy Hasan Miraz:

     After 24 overs, Bangladesh is at 129/2. In the 24th over, Mehidy Hasan Miraz reached his FIFTY by clipping a delivery to square leg. Najmul Hossain Shanto went for a sweep, getting a top edge that fortunately landed safely. Mehidy added two more runs with a couple, followed by a single with a push to deep square. Shanto punched the last ball to long-on for one more run, ensuring the scoreboard continued to tick along steadily.

     After 25 overs, Bangladesh is at 132/2. In the 25th over bowled by Karim Janat, there was a wide delivery. Najmul Hossain Shanto managed to get a single with a flick to mid-wicket, and Mehidy Hasan Miraz added one more run off the final delivery of the over. The over resulted in just three runs, as the Afghanistan bowlers aimed to contain the scoring rate.

     After 26 overs, Bangladesh has reached 135/2. In the 26th over bowled by Mohammad Nabi, a misfield at mid-wicket allowed Mehidy Hasan Miraz to take a single. Najmul Hossain Shanto contributed a single by clipping the ball to short third man. Mehidy added another run by shuffling across and placing the ball to deep square, ensuring that the batters kept the scoreboard ticking with well-placed shots and smart running between the wickets.

     After 27 overs, Bangladesh is at 147/2. In the 27th over bowled by Karim Janat, Mehidy Hasan Miraz started with a delightful punch through covers, collecting FOUR runs as the ball found the fence. Two more runs were taken on the next delivery. Mehidy got off strike with a punch to long-on, and Najmul Hossain Shanto added FOUR more runs by driving a wider ball between cover and mid-off. The over concluded with a single, resulting in a productive over for Bangladesh with a flurry of boundaries.

     After 28 overs, Bangladesh is at 149/2. In the 28th over bowled by Mohammad Nabi, Najmul Hossain Shanto got a single with a drive to long-on. Mehidy Hasan Miraz was struck on the pad but was saved by an inside edge. He then added a single by punching a delivery to long-on. The over resulted in just two runs, with Afghanistan’s bowlers attempting to keep the scoring in check.

     After 29 overs, Bangladesh is at 155/2. In the 29th over bowled by Karim Janat, Najmul Hossain Shanto called for a physio after completing a run, possibly due to a hamstring issue. However, after a brief assessment, he seemed fine to continue and appeared to be running well between the wickets. The over concluded with Mehidy Hasan Miraz adding a couple of runs, resulting in a total of six runs from the over.

     100 run Partnership:

     After 30 overs, Bangladesh is at 163/2. In the 30th over bowled by Mohammad Nabi, a misfield from Nabi allowed Najmul Hossain Shanto to get off strike. Mehidy Hasan Miraz executed a clever paddle sweep past short fine leg, collecting FOUR runs. The over also included a run taken on the next delivery. Shanto played a flick to deep square leg, moving to 47 runs, while Mehidy added a single to deep square, bringing up the 100-run partnership between the two batters. This partnership has significantly contributed to Bangladesh’s total.

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     Fifty for Shanto: 

     After 31 overs, Bangladesh is at 171/2. In the 31st over bowled by Fazalhaq Farooqi, Mehidy Hasan Miraz started with a single by running the ball down to third man. Najmul Hossain Shanto reached his FIFTY with a fantastic shot, swiveling and sending a short delivery angling down the leg side over fine leg for SIX runs. Shanto wanted to take a quick single but was sent back by Mehidy. They managed to add a single on the last delivery. The partnership between Shanto and Mehidy continues to thrive, contributing significantly to Bangladesh’s total.

     After 32 overs, Bangladesh is at 177/2. Rashid is back into his 5th. conceded 6 runs, Mehidy move on 76.

     In the 33rd over, Bangladesh’s score stands at 194/2. During this over, Shanto and Mehidy managed to score 17 runs off Farooqi’s bowling. Shanto hit a boundary for four runs, added four more as leg byes, and finished with a powerful six over deep square.

     After 34 overs, Bangladesh has scored a total of 196 runs for the loss of 2 wickets. During this over bowled by Rashid, Mehidy earned a single run by gently tapping the ball to an area called “mid wicket.” However, Shanto was unable to score runs for most of the over but managed to get one run on the last delivery by hitting the ball towards “deep square.”

     200 up for Bangladesh:

     After 35 overs, Bangladesh has reached a total of 202 runs for the loss of 2 wickets. During this over, bowled by Mujeeb, Shanto scored two runs off the first delivery. He then hit the ball towards “deep cover” for a single. There was a fumble by Mujeeb while collecting the ball hit back at him, allowing Mehidy to take a quick single during that moment. This single brought up the 200-run mark for Bangladesh. Shanto finished the over with two more runs.

     After 36, Bangladesh is at 208/2. Nabi to his 9th over, conceded 6 runs.

     After 37 overs, Bangladesh has reached a total of 217 runs for the loss of 2 wickets. In this over bowled by Mujeeb, there was a close moment when the ball briefly popped up after hitting the bat but no danger. Mehidy hit a six, took a single, and Shanto ended the over with a punch to long off.

     After 38 overs, Bangladesh has accumulated a total of 222 runs for the loss of 2 wickets. In this over bowled by Nabi, the batsmen managed to score two singles on the first two deliveries. Mehidy and Shanto continued to accumulate singles by finding the gaps in the field. Overall, five runs were added to Bangladesh’s total in this over. Nabi completed his spell with bowling figures of 0 wickets for 50 runs.

     After 39 overs, Bangladesh has scored 228 runs for the loss of 2 wickets. In this over by Gulbadin Naib, Shanto and Mehidy managed to score singles. There was a missed chance for a wicket when Shanto’s shot almost reached a fielder but fell short, leading to a mix-up in running between the batsmen, but Shanto safely returned to his crease due to an inaccurate throw.

     After 40 overs, Bangladesh has scored a total of 231 runs for the loss of 2 wickets. In this over by Karim Janat, the batsmen found it challenging to score, managing just two singles. Shanto survived a review for an LBW (leg before wicket) decision.

     Mehidy and Shanto have laid a strong foundation for Bangladesh to achieve a high score. It remains to be seen if they can capitalize on this opportunity, or if Afghanistan will find a way to make a comeback. The excitement is building as we head into the final 10 overs of the match.

     HUNDRED FOR MEHIDY HASAN MIRAZ! 

     After 41 overs, Bangladesh has scored 239 runs for the loss of 2 wickets. Shanto is just two runs away from his century, and Mehidy Hasan Miraz has already reached his century. In this over, both batsmen scored singles, and Mehidy hit a boundary with a pull shot to the cow corner.

     After 42 overs, Bangladesh has reached a total of 251 runs for the loss of 2 wickets. In Rashid Khan’s over, Shanto hit a boundary to move to 93, followed by a single. Mehidy collected singles, and a misfield allowed them to earn a boundary. Shanto is now at 99, and the innings is progressing well for Bangladesh.

     HUNDRED FOR SHANTO:

     After 43 overs, Bangladesh has reached a total of 262 runs for the loss of 2 wickets. During this over, Mehidy Hasan Miraz hit a six but had to retire hurt due to finger cramps. Mushfiqur Rahim came in as his replacement and contributed with singles. Shanto reached a milestone during the over with a soft-handed punch to deep mid-wicket.

     After 44 overs, Bangladesh has reached a total of 273 runs for the loss of 2 wickets. In this over by Rashid Khan, Mushfiqur Rahim started with a single, and Shanto managed a single as well. Rahim then hit a six over the long-off fielder. The over concluded with one run from the last delivery. Bangladesh is scoring well in the late stages of their innings.

     194 runs in 190 balls, partnership ended here:

     After 45 overs, Bangladesh has scored a total of 282 runs for the loss of 3 wickets. In this over by Mujeeb, Mushfiqur Rahim hit a reverse sweep for a boundary, but Shanto was run out as he attempted a similar shot. Shakib Al Hasan also got off the mark with a single. The over yielded nine runs.

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     After 46 overs, Bangladesh has scored a total of 290 runs for the loss of 3 wickets. In this over by Rashid Khan, Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan added singles. There was a dropped catch during the over, and it resulted in eight runs. Bangladesh is finishing their innings strongly.

      300 up for Bangladesh:

     After 47 overs, Bangladesh has reached a total of 302 runs for the loss of 4 wickets. Shakib Al Hasan began the over with a boundary by hitting the ball over cow corner. Unfortunately, there was a run-out as Rahim attempted a run and was caught short. Shakib added a single, and Shamim hit a stylish six over fine leg without even looking at the ball. The over ended with another single. Bangladesh is finishing their innings with aggressive shots.

     After 48 overs, Bangladesh has scored a total of 312 runs for the loss of 4 wickets. In Rashid Khan’s final over, Shamim and Shakib Al Hasan added singles and a powerful six by Shakib. Rashid Khan ended his spell with figures of 0 wickets for 66 runs in 10 overs. Bangladesh is finishing their innings strongly.

     After 49 overs, Bangladesh has scored a total of 324 runs for the loss of 5 wickets. In this over by Naib, Shakib Al Hasan and Shamim added singles and hit two boundaries. Unfortunately, Shamim got run out while attempting a second run on the last delivery. Bangladesh has set a competitive total.

     In the final over, Bangladesh added 10 runs to their total, finishing at 334 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in 50 overs. Shakib Al Hasan guided a full and wide delivery for a boundary and ended with a total of 42 runs not out. Bangladesh has set a competitive target for Afghanistan.

     Bangladesh was facing the threat of elimination, but they responded with an impressive performance. Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Najmal Hossain Shanto formed a crucial partnership, adding 194 runs when the team was at 63/2. This partnership laid the foundation for a commanding total.

     Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim provided the finishing touches, ensuring that Bangladesh posted a challenging score for Afghanistan to chase. Afghanistan’s bowling was inconsistent, with the pacers struggling, which prevented their spinners from gaining control over the game.

     The second half of the match will determine if Afghanistan can mount a comeback. The outcome remains to be seen.

 

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     Afghanistan’s chase is underway with Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran opening the innings.

     In the first over of Afghanistan’s innings, they scored just 1 run without losing any wickets. Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran were the opening batsmen. Taskin Ahmed bowled the over, and it was a relatively quiet start to Afghanistan’s chase.

     Wicket for Bangladesh:

     In the second over of Afghanistan’s innings, they lost a crucial wicket as Rahmanullah Gurbaz was dismissed leg before wicket (lbw) by Shoriful Islam. Despite a review, the decision stood, and Gurbaz had to depart. Afghanistan is now at 1 run for the loss of 1 wicket, and Rahmat Shah is the new batsman at the crease.

     After 3 overs, Afghanistan has scored 10 runs for the loss of 1 wicket. In this over by Taskin Ahmed, Ibrahim Zadran hit two boundaries and added a single, contributing to Afghanistan’s total.

     After 4 overs, Afghanistan has scored 12 runs for the loss of 1 wicket. In this over by Shoriful Islam, Ibrahim Zadran and Rahmat Shah both got off the mark with singles. Only two runs came from the over, as Islam kept the batsmen in check.

     After 5 overs, Afghanistan has scored 17 runs for the loss of 1 wicket. In this over by Taskin Ahmed, Rahmat Shah and Ibrahim Zadran managed singles, and Zadran hit a boundary. Afghanistan is building their innings steadily.

     After 6 overs, Afghanistan has scored 22 runs for the loss of 1 wicket. Rahmat Shah hit a boundary in this over by Shoriful Islam, leaning into a drive. The innings is progressing steadily for Afghanistan.

     After 7 overs, Afghanistan’s score is 22 runs for the loss of 1 wicket. During this over by Hasan Mahmud, there was a bit of tension as the bowler threw the ball towards the batsman after a delivery. However, it resulted in a maiden over, maintaining pressure on Afghanistan’s batting.

     After 8 over, Afghanistan is on 23/1: Taskin conceded just one in his over.

     After 9 over, Afghanistan is on 32/1:  Hasan into the attack, conceded 9 with 2 boundaries one each for Zadran and Rahmat.

     After 10 over, Afghanistan is on 37/1: Spin introduced as skipper Shakib Al Hasan came into attack, conceded 5 runs including a boundary by Rahmat.

     End of first Powerplay | Afghanistan 37/1 | Run rate – 3.7

     Ibrahim Zadran 21* | Rahmat Shah 15* | Shoriful Islam 1/8 | Afghanistan need another 298 runs off 240 balls @ 7.45 RPO

     After 11 over, Afghanistan is on 42/1:  Hasan Mahmud into attack, conceded 5 runs with a boundary by Zadran on a short ball and a single.

     After 12 over, Afghanistan is on 44/1: Shakib conceded just 2.

     Fifty up for Afghanistan

     After 13 over, Afghanistan is on 50/1:  Hasan continue into attack and into his 4th over, conceded 6 runs including a boundary by Zadran and single for each Zadran and Rahmat Shah.

     After 14 over, Afghanistan is on 61/1:  

     Shakib into attack conceded 11, with 2 boundaries by Rahmat.

     After 15 over, Afghanistan is on 67/1: Afif Hossain replace Hasan and conceded 6 runs with a boundary on first ball, Zadran took the charge.

     After 16 over, Afghanistan is on 72/1: Taskin Back into the attack, replaced Shakib, conceded 5 with a wide.

     After 17 over, Afghanistan is on 76/1: Mehidy Hasan Miraz is back on the field to bowl, got retired hurt after completing his century at the time of batting. Ibrahim Zadran and Rahmat Shah added four runs to the total, all through singles. Afghanistan is making steady progress in their innings.

     “AFG 79/2 in 18 overs The over begins with a wide delivery from Taskin. Rahmat Shah then manages to collect a single with a shot to deep point. Zadran drives the ball to deep cover and takes a run. On the fourth delivery, Rahmat opts to defend. However, there’s a wicket! Rahmat attempts a pull shot on a good-length ball but misses, and the ball slips under his bat. Hashmatullah Shahidi is the new batsman in.”

     “AFG 82/2 in 19 overs Mehidy continues to bowl, and Afghanistan adds only three runs in the over, all from singles.”

     Afghanistan has reached a score of 86 runs for the loss of 2 wickets after 20 overs.

     In this over by Taskin Ahmed, Ibrahim Zadran hit a boundary by rocking back on a short delivery and sending it to the deep mid-wicket boundary. This boundary took him to a total of 49 runs. The over concluded with three consecutive dot balls, and Zadran remained on that score. Afghanistan is steadily progressing in their innings.

     Ibrahim Zadran reached his half-century:

     Afghanistan has reached a total of 90 runs for the loss of 2 wickets after 21 overs.

     In this over by Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Hashmatullah Shahidi started with a single off the first delivery. Ibrahim Zadran reached his half-century with a single to deep square. Shahidi added a single on the third ball. Zadran miscued a pull shot, and Mehidy stopped the ball. The over concluded with a punch to long off for a single. The partnership between Zadran and Shahidi is crucial for Afghanistan’s innings.

     Afghanistan’s score stands at 93/2 after 22 overs. Shoriful Islam made a return to the attack in this over. Ibrahim Zadran took a single with an inside edge, followed by a wide delivery. Hashmatullah Shahidi missed a shot due to the ball’s movement and then took a single by playing the ball to the on-side. Despite a throw at the striker’s end, Shahidi reached his crease safely.

     After 23 overs, Afghanistan has scored 98 runs for the loss of 2 wickets. In this over by Shakib Al Hasan, Hashmatullah Shahidi started with a dot ball, then took a single, and Ibrahim Zadran hit a boundary with a well-executed drive. Afghanistan is progressing steadily in their innings.

     100 up for Afghanistan:

     After 24 overs, Afghanistan has reached a total of 101 runs for the loss of 2 wickets. Hashmatullah Shahidi faced this over by Shoriful Islam, where he was beaten while trying to loft a bouncer. A wide was also bowled in the over. A misfield allowed Shahidi to take a single, bringing up Afghanistan’s 100, but the over only yielded three runs. Afghanistan requires 234 more runs to win.

     After 25 overs, Afghanistan has scored 110 runs for the loss of 2 wickets. In this over by Shakib Al Hasan, Ibrahim Zadran attempted a sweep shot but could only manage a single. Hashmatullah Shahidi hit his first boundary with a top edge. Two runs followed with a cut shot, and two more singles were added in the over. Afghanistan is steadily building their innings.

     After 26 overs, Afghanistan has scored 115 runs for the loss of 2 wickets. In this over by Hasan Mahmud, singles were taken on most deliveries as both batsmen, Zadran and Shahidi, pushed the ball into the gaps. Afghanistan is maintaining a steady run rate in their chase.

     After 27 overs, Afghanistan has scored 129 runs for the loss of 2 wickets. In this over by Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Ibrahim Zadran played aggressively, hitting a boundary and a six. The over yielded 14 runs, as Afghanistan increased their scoring rate in the chase.

     After 28 overs, Afghanistan has reached a total of 138 runs for the loss of 3 wickets. In this over by Hasan Mahmud, Ibrahim Zadran scored a single through point, but then he got out with a brilliant diving catch by Mushfiqur Rahim. Najibullah Zadran entered the crease and immediately got off the mark with a single. Hashmatullah Shahidi hit a well-timed boundary with a cut shot, and the over concluded with a couple of runs from a flick to deep square. Afghanistan is still in the game, needing 197 more runs to win.

     150 up for Afghanistan:

     After 29 overs, Afghanistan has scored 140 runs for the loss of 3 wickets. In this over by Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Afghanistan added only two runs, showing a good comeback by the bowler after the previous over where he was hit for boundaries. Afghanistan is working to consolidate their innings and build a partnership.

     After 30 overs, Afghanistan has scored 151 runs for the loss of 3 wickets. In this over by Hasan Mahmud, Hashmatullah Shahidi played aggressively, hitting two boundaries. The first was a straight shot along the ground, and the second was lofted over point after making room. Hasan Mahmud also bowled a wide delivery. Afghanistan’s captain is leading the way with some attacking shots, and they are working to build a partnership.

     After 31 overs, Afghanistan has scored 155 runs for the loss of 3 wickets. In this over by Mehidy Hasan Miraz, the left-handed batsmen from Afghanistan focused on hitting the ball into the sweeper cover area, resulting in four singles from the over. Afghanistan is working to maintain a steady run rate and build their partnership.

     After 32 overs, Afghanistan has scored 159 runs for the loss of 3 wickets. In this over by Shakib Al Hasan, Afghanistan added just four runs, all of them coming from singles. Bangladesh is working to maintain control and build pressure as Afghanistan aims to form a partnership and chase down the target of 335 runs.

     After 33 overs, Afghanistan has scored 171 runs for the loss of 3 wickets. In this over by Shamim Hossain, Afghanistan added 10 runs to their total. Najibullah Zadran started with a single, and Hashmatullah Shahidi hit two boundaries with a sweep shot and a late cut. There were also two leg byes in the over. Afghanistan is beginning to accelerate their run rate as they chase a target of 335 runs.

     After 34 overs, Afghanistan has reached a score of 177/3. In this over by Shakib Al Hasan, he started with a wide delivery. Hashmatullah Shahidi attempted a reverse sweep but missed. Shahidi then got off strike with a single to deep square leg. Najibullah Zadran hit a boundary by making room and driving the ball past short cover. Afghanistan is looking to maintain their momentum as they chase a target of 335 runs.

     After 35 overs, Afghanistan has scored 184 runs for the loss of 3 wickets. In this over by Mehidy Hasan Miraz, they added 7 runs to their total. Hashmatullah Shahidi and Najibullah Zadran are working to rotate the strike and find the gaps as they continue their chase of the target of 335 runs.

     50 up for Afghanistan skipper Hashmatullah Shahidi:

     After 36 overs, Afghanistan has reached a score of 193/3. In this over by Shoriful Islam, he started with five wides, which were wayward deliveries down the leg side. Shahidi then reached his half-century with a single to third man. There were three wides bowled in this over. Afghanistan is steadily building their innings in their pursuit of the target of 335 runs.

     After 37 overs, Afghanistan is at 196/4. In this over, Mehidy Hasan Miraz took a crucial wicket, dismissing Najibullah Zadran. Mohammad Nabi came in as the new batsman, and there were two wides bowled in the over. Afghanistan is facing an uphill battle as they need 139 more runs to win from 78 balls, with 6 wickets remaining.

     After 38 overs, Afghanistan has reached a score of 197/5. In this over, Shoriful Islam took a crucial wicket, dismissing Hashmatullah Shahidi, who attempted a shot over the on-side but got a thick outside edge, resulting in a catch at third man. Gulbadin Naib managed just one run off the over. Mohammad Nabi survived a review for an lbw decision as the ball tracker showed the impact to be umpire’s call. Afghanistan is facing challenges in their chase of the target of 335 runs, with wickets falling steadily.

     200 up for Afghanistan:

     After 39 overs, Afghanistan is at 200/5. In this over by Shakib Al Hasan, Gulbadin Naib and Mohammad Nabi collected three runs in total. Afghanistan needs 135 more runs to win from 66 balls, and the pressure is building as wickets have been falling steadily in their chase of the target of 335 runs.

     After 40 overs, Afghanistan is at 212/6. In this over by Shoriful Islam, Gulbadin Naib started with a six over long on, followed by a four between cover and mid-off. However, he was dismissed on the last delivery as he chopped the ball onto his stumps while attempting a big shot. Afghanistan is struggling to chase the target of 335 runs.

     After 41 overs, Afghanistan is at 219/7. Taskin Ahmed bowled a slower delivery that Mohammad Nabi managed to cut for two runs, but he was then dismissed while attempting a pull shot. Rashid Khan and Karim Janat are the new batsmen at the crease. Rashid started with a boundary but missed a shot on the next delivery. Afghanistan is facing a tough task in their chase of 335 runs.

     In the 42nd over, Afghanistan scored 12 runs and lost a wicket. Karim Janat was run out due to a brilliant direct hit from Anamul Haque. Rashid Khan, however, managed to hit a six and a four in consecutive deliveries with pull shots. Afghanistan is currently at 231/8, facing a tough challenge in their chase of 335 runs.

     After 43 overs, Afghanistan is at 240/8. In the 43rd over, Afghanistan scored 9 runs. Rashid Khan showcased some fight with a powerful four down the ground, and the over included a wide and a few singles. Afghanistan’s score is now 240/8 as they continue their chase of 335 runs.

     In the 44th over, Afghanistan added 4 runs to their total. Rashid Khan managed to take singles off a few deliveries, and Mujeeb tried to swing at a ball but missed. Afghanistan’s score is now 244/8 as they continue their chase of 335 runs.

     Afghanistan 245 all out:   HIT WICKET! Mujeeb Ur Rahman:

     In the final over, Afghanistan added just 1 run to their total. The wicket of Mujeeb Ur Rahman was taken as he was dismissed hit wicket after hitting the ball for a boundary. Bangladesh managed to bowl out Afghanistan for a total of 245 runs.

     Bangladesh wins by 89 runs:

     Bangladesh secured a convincing 89-run victory over Afghanistan, putting their Asia Cup campaign back on track after an opening loss to Sri Lanka. This commanding win boosts their chances of advancing to the Super Four stage.

Bangladesh vs Afghanistan Asia Cup 2023
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     Bangladesh vs Afghanistan Asia Cup 2023: 

     Bangladesh’s comfortable 89-run victory over Afghanistan has breathed new life into their Asia Cup campaign. Having suffered an opening loss to Sri Lanka, this win not only keeps their tournament hopes alive but also enhances their net run rate. On the other hand, Afghanistan will be disappointed with their performance in this match, particularly their heavy reliance on spin, which proved ineffective as their spinners only managed to take one wicket in 30 overs. Their fast bowlers also struggled, highlighting the need for improvement if they are to defeat Sri Lanka and keep their qualification hopes alive in the tournament.

     Interviews time:

     Hashmatullah Shahidi, the captain of Afghanistan: He recognizes that they had a chaseable target, especially considering the batting-friendly conditions during the night. He acknowledges that the innings started well, with the batting plan going as expected until around the 35th over. However, they lost crucial wickets just when they needed to accelerate the run rate. Shahidi emphasizes the need for improvement in their fielding department in the next match and a more effective bowling performance in the middle overs. He assures that the team is focused on refining their strategies, rectifying their mistakes, and coming back stronger in the tournament.

     Taskin Ahmed: Taskin Ahmed discusses the match, noting that the wicket was batting-friendly and lacked substantial assistance for the bowlers. He explains that his focus was on varying his lengths to keep the opposition batters guessing. Taskin emphasizes the importance of hitting the right length, particularly in the given conditions. He attributes his successful performance to his ability to consistently find the desired length, allowing him to make a meaningful contribution to the team’s performance.

     Shakib Al Hasan, the captain of Bangladesh, attributes their comprehensive victory to a well-rounded team effort. He acknowledges the importance of winning the toss, which allowed them to establish a strong foundation through their batting performance. Shakib praises the outstanding contribution of Mehidy Hasan at the top of the order, emphasizing that the decision to promote him to open the innings was a thoughtful one.

     He commends the disciplined performance of the bowlers in effectively containing the opposition, especially through the use of short-pitched deliveries in the death overs. Shakib emphasizes that solid contributions were made across all aspects of the game, from batting to bowling and fielding, leading to their convincing win.

     Mehidy Hasan is named the Player of the Match for his exceptional century and valuable contribution with the ball. He expresses his gratitude to the team management for placing their trust in him by promoting him up the batting order. Mehidy shares his satisfaction with his performance in that new role.

     He mentions that when he walked in to bat, he took some time to get accustomed to the conditions and realized that the pitch was ideal for batting, offering good bounce and carry. He notes that these conditions allowed him to construct his innings effectively, and he expresses his happiness in making a significant contribution to his team’s victory.

     That’s it for this match! Bangladesh has secured a crucial win, and the race for the next stage of the 2023 Asia Cup remains intense. Afghanistan will need a convincing victory against Sri Lanka in their next match to keep their hopes alive.

     The tournament continues with India taking on Nepal in a Group A clash at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium on Monday, September 4th. The match begins at 3 pm IST (9.30 am GMT), and you can join us for the pre-match coverage. Until then, goodbye and take care!

Bangladesh vs Afghanistan Asia Cup 2023
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Bangladesh vs Afghanistan Asia Cup 2023
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