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
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.
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.
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.”
|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)
|Mujeeb Ur Rahman||4||0||16||3||4|
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)
|Shakib Al Hasan||4||0||13||1||3.25|