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Bangladesh beat Afghanistan by 105 runs


Canberra: Bangladesh beat Afghanistan by 105 runs in their Pool A match of the Cricket World Cup at the Manuka Oval here today.

Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim struck resilient half-centuries to lift Bangladesh to 267 all out against an inspired Afghanistan bowling in their opening pool match of the cricket World Cup, here today.

Electing to bat at the Manuka Oval, Bangladesh were in trouble at 119 for four before Shakib (63) and Rahim (71) stitched a 114-run fifth wicket partnership to take the Tigers to some respectability.

Bangladesh though were set for a bigger score but the wickets of Shakib and Rahim not only stirred a collapse but gave the Afghan bowlers a new lease of life as Mashrafe Mortaza and company lost 5 wickets for just 34 runs in the last five overs of the innings.

Earlier an inspired spell of bowling from Mirwais Ashraf (2-32) saw Afghanistan push Bangladesh on the backfoot as the medium-pacer sent openers Anamul Haque and (29) Tamim Iqbal (19) back in the hut early.

Soumya Sarkar (28) and Mahmudullah (23) then tried to take stock of the situation only to see Shapoor Zadran (2-20) strike back with another set of wickets.

The tall new-ball bowler trapped Sarkar lbw for 28 and soon got Mahmudullah caught behind for 23 as the Afghan fans celebrated like crazy.

Shakib and Rahim though thwarted all Afghan plans as the duo mixed the right dose of caution and aggression to bring some sanity to the innings.

Shakib, registering his 27th ODI fifty, hit 6 fours and a six in his 51-ball stay while Rahim, notching up his 19th ODI half-century, also hit 6 fours and a six during his 56-ball blitz.

The duo also managed to eke out 48 runs from the powerplay overs between 36-40.

But the Afghans never lost focus as the Mohammad Nabi-led side came back in the 45th over to see pace spearhead Hamid Hassan (2-61) clean up dangerman Shakib and bowl out Sabbir Rahman (3) in his very next over.

Mortaza struck a 9-ball 14 but medium-pacer Aftab Alam (2-55) clean bowled him. The tail couldn’t survive the disciplined bowling as the No.11 Taskin Ahmed (1) fell on the last delivery of the innings.

Brief Scores:

Bangladesh 267 in 50 overs (Mushfiqur Rahim 71, Shakib Al Hasan 63; Hamid Hassan 2-61, Shapoor Zadran 2-20, Aftab Alam 2-55, Mirwais Ashraf 2-32).

Afghanistan 162 all out (Samiullah Shenwari, Mohammad Nabi 44; Mashrafe Mortaza 3/20).

Bangladesh innings:

Tamim Iqbal        c Asfar b Mirwais 19
Anamul Haque         lbw b Mirwais  29
Soumya Sarkar         lbw b Shapoor  28
Mahmudullah      c Afsar b Shapoor  23
Shakib Al Hasan           b Hamid    63
Mushfiqur Rahim   c Shenwari b Nabi 71
Sabbir Rahman             b Hamid   03
Mashrafe Mortaza      b Aftab  14
Mominul Haque      run out (Asfar)  03
Rubel Hossain             not out  00      
Taskin Ahmed   b Aftab  01

Extras: (B-3, LB-4, W-6)            13

Total: (all out; 50 overs)         267

Fall of wickets: 1-47, 2-52, 3-102, 4-119, 5-233, 6-241, 7-247, 8-263, 9-263.

Bowling: Hamid Hassan 10-0-61-2, Shapoor Zadran 7-1-20-2, Aftab Alam 9-0-55-2, Mirwais Ashraf 9-3-32-2, Mohammad Nabi 9-0-58-1, Javed Ahmadi 4.5-0-32-0, Samiullah Shenwari 1.1-0-2-0.

Afghanistan inning:

Javed Ahmadi            c and b Mortaza 01
Afsar Zazai                lbw b Hossain 01
Nawroz Mangal  c Hossain b Mahmudullah 27
Asghar Stanikzai   c Mahmudullah b Mortaza 01
Samiullah Shenwari        run out (Sabbir) 42
Mohammad Nabi       c Soumya b Mortaza  44         
Najibullah Zadran       lbw b Shakib   17
Najibullah Zadran      lbw b Shakib 17
Mirwais Ashraf      c Mortaza b Shakib  10
Aftab Alam                  not out    14
Hamid Hassan            c Anamul b Taskin  00
Shapoor Zadran      run out (Mushfiqur) 02

Extras: (LB-1, W-2)                        3

Total: (all out; 42.5 overs)             162
Fall of wickets: 1-2, 2-2, 3-3, 4-65, 5-78, 6-136, 7-136, 8-154, 9-154.

Bowling: Mortaza 9-2-20-3, Hossain 6-0-27-1, Taskin 7-0-23-1, Shakib 8.5-0-43-2, Mahmudullah 8-1-31-1, Soumya 3-0-13-0, Sabbir 1-0-4-0.

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