BAN vs AFG: Afghanistan batters’ late blitz stuns Bangladesh, team moves to Super Four of Asia Cup 2022

BAN vs AFG: Afghanistan batters' late blitz stuns Bangladesh, team moves to Super Four of Asia Cup 2022
BAN vs AFG: Afghanistan batters' late blitz stuns Bangladesh, team moves to Super Four of Asia Cup 2022

BAN vs AFG: Afghanistan batters’ late blitz stuns Bangladesh, team moves to Super Four of Asia Cup 2022

BAN vs AFG: A late blitz from left-hander Najibullah Zadran helped Afghanistan beat Bangladesh by seven wickets in Group B on Tuesday, securing straight qualification to the Super Four round of the ongoing Asia Cup 2022.

Afghanistan outperformed Bangladesh in every aspect of the game and was the first group to reach the last four. Najibullah Zadran hit a quickfire 43 off 17 balls with a four and six sixes to aid his side achieve a victory despite Bangladesh’s tight bowling up until the 15th over. Shakib Al Hasan’s spin misled wicketkeeper Rahmanullah Gurbaz, who was trapped by wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim for just 11 from 18 balls, giving Afghanistan’s chase of 128 a rocky start.

Hazratullah Zazai was joined on the crease by Ibrahim Zadran. With no additional harm, the pair continued to support their side throughout the powerplay. Afghanistan were 29/1 after six overs thanks to Zazai (16*) and Zadran (2*).

Zadran-Zazai occasionally made some clutch shots to keep their team’s scoreboard moving.

Zazai was caught lbw by Mosaddek Hossain for 23 off 26 balls, ending their 30-run stand.

The captain, Mohammad Nabi, took the field next. With Zadran (11*) and Nabi (2*), Afghanistan had 48/2 at the conclusion of 10 overs.

Zadran and Nabi’s standoff did not last very long. Mohammad Saifuddin, a medium bowler, sent back Nabi for 8 of 9 deliveries and recorded yet another leg before wicket dismissal for Bangladesh.

As Najibullah Zadran joined Ibrahim in the fourteenth over, the pressure on Afghanistan increased. They required 63 runs in the remaining six overs.

In the 15th over, which was bowled by Taskin Ahmed, Zadran let loose and smacked two straight pressure-relieving fours.

Afghanistan stood at 76/3 after 15 overs, with Ibrahim Zadran (32*) and Najibullah Zadran (*1).

Afghan hopes were renewed by Najibullah Zadran’s two sixes in the 17th over and one six in the 16th over. The run-ball deficit was thus reduced to 26 runs in 18 balls.

In fewer than 30 balls, the Zadran combo scored 50 runs. With a four and two consecutive sixes in the 18th over, Zadran was on fire and reduced the equation to four runs in the final two overs.

The Zadran team enabled Afghanistan to win the game and advance to the Super Four stage. Afghanistan defeated Pakistan by seven wickets with nine balls remaining. Najibullah scored a six to win the game.

Najibullah hit a quickfire 43 off 17 balls with a four and sixes, while Ibrahim concluded with a score of 42 off 41 balls with six fours.

Bangladesh’s top bowler was Mosaddek Hossain (1/12). Saifuddin and Shakib each claimed one wicket.

In spite of a valiant effort by Mosaddek Hossain, Afghanistan’s bowlers Mujeeb ur Rahman and Rashid Khan limited Bangladesh to 127/7 on Tuesday in their Asia Cup 2022 Group B match in Sharjah.

Afghan bowlers had a terrific day on the field as they used some excellent bowling to limit their opponent to 53/5. Mosaddek Hossain’s (48*) and Mahmudullah’s (25) valiant strikes enabled Bangladesh to score respectably. Mujeeb Ur Rahman (3/16) and Rashid Khan (3/22) were simply too talented for Bangladesh.

Bangladesh had chosen to bat first, but things didn’t go well right away. After spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman struck with a magnificent carrom that pitched on length, well outside off stump, and went through the space between the bat and pad to hit the leg stump, they lost their opener Mohammad Naim for just six runs off eight balls. At this point, the score was 7/1.

The next player on the crease was Captain Shakib Al Hasan. Anamul Haque, the opener, did not hang around for very long either since Rahman took his second wicket of the game by catching him leg before wicket and returning him to the pavilion for five runs. Bangladesh was 13/2 at this time.

In his 100th T20I encounter, Hasan got off to a great start by hitting Naveen-ul-Haq for two consecutive fours in the fifth over. However, Rahman again stepped in during the subsequent over and removed the veteran’s stumps as he prepared to take a blind swing. Hasan dismissed for 11 off 9 balls. At 24/3, Bangladesh was in serious trouble.

Bangladesh stood at 28/3 after six powerplay overs, with Mushfiqur Rahim (1*) and Afif Hossain (2*) batting.

Bangladesh’s Miseries just will not end, as Rashid Khan’s spin claimed the fourth victim. Rashid successfully caught Mushfiqur Rahim leg before wicket for one out of four. Bangladesh scored a 28/4.

After such a disastrous opening seven overs, Mahmudullah and Afif Hossain had to rebuild Bangladesh’s batting order.

Bangladesh stood at 50/4 after 10 overs, with Mahmudullah (11*) and Afif Hossain (12*) both standing at the crease unbeaten.

Only 25 runs could added to the stand before Afif Hossain caught by Rashid for 12 off of 15 balls. Bangladesh was currently 53/5.

Then Mahmudullah joined by Mosaddek Hossain. The team maintained the scoreboard by using a conservative approach.

At the end of 15 overs, Bangladesh was at 87/5, with both batters at 24* each.

The 36-run resistance shown by Mosaddek and Mahmudullah ended within 31 balls after Mahmudullah caught by Ibrahim Zadran at deep midwicket while attempting a slog sweep. The batter was out for 25 off 27 balls and Rashid Khan got his third wicket of the match.

Alongside Mossadek, Mahedi Hasan completed Bangladesh’s inning from the opposite end. When Mahedi sent out for just 14, their 38-run stand came to an end.

At the completion of their 20 overs, Bangladesh had scored 127/7. Mosaddek led his team over the 100-run threshold with a valiant 48* off 31 balls.

Brief Scores: Afghanistan 131/3 in 18.3 overs (Najibullah Zadran 43*, Ibrahim Zadran 42, Mosaddek Hossain 1/12) won against Bangladesh 127/7 (Mosaddek Hossain 48*, Mahmadullah 25, Mujeeb ur Rahman 3/16).