Afghanistan defeated Bangladesh in the 3rd Match of the Asia Cup

Afghanistan defeated Bangladesh in the 3rd Match of the Asia Cup

Afghanistan defeated Bangladesh in the 3rd Match of the Asia Cup. Afghanistan’s team chased down the target of 128 runs for the loss of just three wickets and 9 balls to spare. Mujeeb Ur Rahman got the man of the match award for his 3 wickets for 16 runs.

Afghanistan won a thrilling chase against Bangladesh in Sharjah to become the first side to advance to the Super 4 of the Asia Cup.


Early on Bangladesh won the toss and decided to bat first.

Bangladesh XI: Mohammad Naim, Anamul Haque, Shakib Al Hasan (capt), Afif Hossain, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mahedi Hasan, Mohammad Saifuddin, Taskin Ahmed, and Mustafizur Rahman

Afghanistan XI: Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Ibrahim Zadran, Najibullah Zadran, Karim Janat, Mohammad Nabi (capt), Rashid Khan, Azmatullah Omarzai, Naveen-ul-Haq, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, and Fazalhaq Farooqi

Bangladesh Batting

Mujeeb damages Bangladesh in the Powerplay

When Mujeeb took a wicket in each of his first three overs, he completely dismantled Bangladesh’s top order.

He struck Anamul Haque on his back leg as he attempted to play a shot that was halfway between a sweep and a pull, then struck Mohammad Naim’s leg stump with a carrom ball that zipped through a massive bat-pad gap.

In the final over of the powerplay, Shakib Al Hasan attempted to counterattack by hitting Naveen-ul-Haq for back-to-back fours, but he lost his wicket to another carrom ball while pursuing Mujeeb.

Rashid gets three Wickets

In T20 cricket, Mushfiqur Rahim was given one of the most difficult assignments: facing Rashid with his team 28 for 3 in six overs. Rashid used a googly to catch him lbw in just two balls.

Afif Hossain and Mahmudullah tried to stabilize the innings. They add 25 runs at a run-a ball but  Rashid struck again. Afif went back to another googly and was late in bringing his bat down as the ball struck into his pad. Rashid’s third victim was Mahmudullah who holed out trying to play a slog sweep.

Mosaddek Hossain played a beautiful inning after coming in at 53 for 5. Mosaddek led a fightback to provide something to defend the team. He took his chances and made 48 runs off 31 balls.

Afghanistan Batting

In reply, Afghanistan opening was not good. Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Hazratullah Zazai, Afghanistan’s openers, attempted to attack but were unsuccessful on this Sharjah pitch.

In the second over, Gurbaz did hit Mustafizur Rahman over the top, but he was fortunate that Mahmudullah put down a catch. Gurbaz again charged Shakib in the fifth over, but the ball kept low and went under Gurbaz’s bat, giving Mushfiq plenty of time for the stumping.

Although Hazratullah made a few powerful fours off the back foot, he also had trouble with timing and was bowled by Mosaddek for 23 from 26 balls.
Nabi moved up to No. 4, but he only managed to get 8 out of 9 before Mohammad Saifuddin got him.

Sixes storm from Najibullah

On this pitch, Bangladesh seemed to be the favorites with 63 needed off the final six overs, but Najibullah’s sensational six-hitting changed the direction of the match.

Ibrahim first relieved the pressure with back-to-back fours. Najibullah grabbed control, and sent Mustafizur over deep midwicket and long off for two sixes after swatting Mahedi over deep midwicket. The equation was reduced to 26 off 18 balls as a result.

After Ibrahim hit the opening ball of Saifuddin’s 18th over for a four, Najibullah followed up with one more four and two sixes to finish the over with 22 runs. Najibullah hit Mosaddek into the sightscreen to win the game.

Afghanistan defeated Bangladesh in the 3rd Match of the Asia Cup
Afghanistan defeated Bangladesh by 7 wickets


The Player of the Match,  Mujeeb Ur Rahman says,

“My strength is bowling with the new ball, in Dubai I didn’t get the chance. I always prefer to bowl in the powerplay. My whole plan was to bowl wicket to wicket and it worked for me.”

Winning captain Nabi

“Everyone knows Rashid and Mujeeb are world-class spinners, that’s why we were in the game in the first 10 overs. We were ahead of the game cos we got early wickets.

“Everyone knows we have power hitters in the death. That’s we made sure not to lose early wickets so that our power hitters could finish the game.”
Losing captain Shakib

“Yes, it was always tough when you lose four wickets in the first 7,8 overs. But I thought the bowlers bowled exceptionally well to get us back into the game.

“Credit to Afghanistan though they played really well. We know that Najibullah is a dangerous player. On a wicket like this we thought we had the game, but credit to how they batted.”

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Bangladesh Innings

Mohammad Naim b Mujeeb Ur Rahman 6 8 1 0 75
Anamul Haque lbw b Mujeeb Ur Rahman 5 14 0 0 35.71
Shakib Al Hasan (c) b Mujeeb Ur Rahman 11 9 2 0 122.22
Mushfiqur Rahim † lbw b Rashid Khan 1 4 0 0 25
Afif Hossain lbw b Rashid Khan 12 15 0 0 80
Mahmudullah c Ibrahim Zadran b Rashid Khan 25 27 1 0 92.59
Mosaddek Hossain not out 48 31 4 1 154.83
Mahedi Hasan run out (†Rahmanullah Gurbaz/Azmatullah Omarzai) 14 12 2 0 116.66
Mohammad Saifuddin not out 0 0 0 0
Extras (lb 3, w 2) 5
TOTAL 20 Overs (RR: 6.35) 127/7

Did not bat: Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman

Fall of wickets: 1-7 (Mohammad Naim, 1.6 Overs), 2-13 (Anamul Haque, 3.6 Overs), 3-24 (Shakib Al Hasan, 5.2 Overs), 4-28 (Mushfiqur Rahim, 6.2 Overs), 5-53 (Afif Hossain, 10.3 Overs), 6-89 (Mahmudullah, 15.4 Overs), 7-127 (Mahedi Hasan, 19.5 Overs)

Afghanistan Bowling

Fazalhaq Farooqi 4 0 25 0 6.25
Mujeeb Ur Rahman 4 0 16 3 4
Naveen-ul-Haq 4 0 31 0 7.75
Rashid Khan 4 0 22 3 5.5
Mohammad Nabi 3 0 23 0 7.66
Azmatullah Omarzai 1 0 7 0 7

Afghanistan Innings (Target: 128 runs from 20 overs)

Hazratullah Zazai lbw b Mosaddek Hossain 23 26 3 0 88.46
Rahmanullah Gurbaz † st †Mushfiqur Rahim b Shakib Al Hasan 11 18 1 0 61.11
Ibrahim Zadran not out 42 41 4 0 102.43
Mohammad Nabi (c) lbw b Mohammad Saifuddin 8 9 1 0 88.88
Najibullah Zadran not out 43 17 1 6 252.94
Extras (lb 1, w 3) 4
TOTAL 18.3 Overs (RR: 7.08) 131/3

Did not bat: Karim Janat, Rashid Khan, Azmatullah Omarzai, Naveen-ul-Haq, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi

Fall of wickets: 1-15 (Rahmanullah Gurbaz, 4.1 Overs), 2-45 (Hazratullah Zazai, 9.2 Overs), 3-62 (Mohammad Nabi, 12.6 Overs)

Bangladesh Bowling

Shakib Al Hasan 4 0 13 1 3.25
Mustafizur Rahman 3 0 30 0 10
Mahedi Hasan 4 0 26 0 6.5
Taskin Ahmed 3 0 22 0 7.33
Mosaddek Hossain 2.3 0 12 1 4.8
Mohammad Saifuddin 2 0 27 1 13.5

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