BAN vs AFG: Najibullah Zadran’s hitting swung match in our favour, says Afghanistan skipper Mohammad Nabi after win over Bangladesh
BAN vs AFG: Afghanistan captain Mohammad Nabi remarked that Najibullah Zadran‘s striking in the final overs swung the game in their favour after his team’s seven-wicket victory over Bangladesh in the ongoing Asia Cup 2022.
Najibullah Zadran, a left-hander, went on a late blitz to help 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. He claimed that bowling first served their team more because it gave them time to assess the pitch.
“The pitch was new and nobody had played on it. Bowling first was better, we got an idea of what the pitch was. That is why we took early wickets and put our opponents under pressure,” said Nabi in a post-match press conference.
He said that the team has played in Sharjah, Abu Dhabi, for the previous 15 years.
“We do not trust Sharjah to help us hit 200 runs all the time. Sometimes, lower totals are tough to chase. Batters did not throw early wickets and we targetted bowlers later,” he added.
د بریا شېبې 😍
لحظات پیروزی 🥰
Winning Moments 🤩#AfghanAtalan | #AsiaCup2022 pic.twitter.com/RsBlL0Cpbb
— Afghanistan Cricket Board (@ACBofficials) August 30, 2022
The captain stated that they wanted to play good cricket in the Super Four phase and display their strong fielding, bowling, and batting lineups.
Coming to the match, Bangladesh won the toss and opted to bat first.
Despite a valiant effort from Mosaddek Hossain (48*), Afghanistan was able to hold Bangladesh to a score of 127/7 thanks to the outstanding bowling of pacer Mujeeb ur Rahman and spinner Rashid Khan.
Afghan bowlers did an excellent job of limiting Bangladesh 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) presented challenges for Bangladesh.
Afghanistan struggled to get going when trying to chase 128 and was at 65/3 with six overs left. Then, with nine balls remaining, Ibrahim Zadran (42*) and Najibullah Zadran (43*) let free and chased the target.
Bangladesh’s top bowler was Mosaddek Hossain (1/12). Saifuddin and Shakib each claimed one wicket.
Mujeeb ur Rahman was named “Man of the Match” in recognition of his game-winning performance.
On Wednesday, India will play Hong Kong in their second Asia Cup game.