ICC associate nation Afghanistan levelled the three-match series 1-1 beating full member Bangladesh by 2 wickets in the keenly contested 2nd ODI at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium (SBNCS) on Wednesday, agencies report.
Dawlat Zadran (4) sealed the victory hammering a boundary off Taskin Ahmed when the visitors needed only a single off 3 balls for win. Replying to Bangladesh’s 208 for all, Afghanistan reached the target scoring 212 for 8 in 49.4 overs spurred by the 5th wicket stand of 107 runs between skipper Asghar Stanikzai and Mohammad Nabi.
Dismissing Mohammad Nabi by lbw, Tigers’ skipper Mashrefe Bin Mortaza broke the lengthy 5th wicket pair that contributed 107 in 24 overs to carry the team total to 170/5 in 39.1 overs from 63/4 in 15.1 overs. Mohammad Nabi, who was adjudged man of the match, stayed for 49 off 61 balls, including three boundaries and two sixes.
Asghar Stanikzai followed Nabi soon at 174/6 in 40.3 overs scoring team highest 57 off 95 balls, including four boundaries and two six caught by Sabbir Rahman off a Mosaddek Hossain delivery.
Opener Mohammad Shahzad scored 35 runs while Najibullah Zadran, Hashmatullah Shahidi and Nawroz Mangal added 22, 14 and 10 runs respectively. World famed all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan who made the first breakthrough for Bangladesh dismissing opening batsman Nawroz Mangal at 14/1 in 3.4 overs grabbed four wickets for 47 runs in 10 overs.
Mosaddek bagged two wickets for 30 runs while Mashrafe took one for 31 for Bangladesh. Earlier, debutant Mosaddek Hossain’s team highest unbeaten 45 helped Bangladesh score 208 for all in 49.2 overs.
Lone six hitter in the Bangladesh innings, Mosaddek came to the crease after Sabbir Rahman’s departure at 138/6 in 32.1 overs and played till the end to fire four boundaries and two sixes on the way to run-a-ball 45.
In the 10th wicket, Mosaddek contributed 43 in 6.4 overs pairing with Rubel Hossain (10) who was fell victim of run out in the end while trying to take the 2nd run off a Naveen-ul-Haq delivering at 49.2 overs.
Bangladesh Test cricket skipper Mushfiqur Rahim scored 38 runs off 51 balls hitting 4 boundaries while Mahmudullah added 25 runs from 39 deliveries featuring three fours. The 3rd wicket pair between Mahmudullah and Mushfiqur Rahim added 61 runs in 12.5 overs before Mahmudullah was bowled out by Naveen-ul-Haq at 111/3 at 25 overs.
Mushfiqur Rahim followed Mahmudullah soon at 122/4 in 27.1 overs. Bangladesh touched the 100-run mark in 22.1 overs with a single by Mahmudullah off a Rahmat Shah delivery when Mahmudullah was on 22 off 34 balls with three boundaries and Mushfiqur Rahim was batting on 27 off 33 balls firing four boundaries.
Both openers — Soumya Sarkar and Tamim Iqbal — stayed for 20 runs each. Soumya faced 31 balls to fire two boundaries before he was caught by Hashmatullah Shahidi off Mirwais Ashraf’s bowling.
Tamim departed at 45/1 in 10.4 overs facing 36 balls to hit three boundaries and was caught by Dawlat Zadran off a Mirwais Ashraf delivery at 45/1 in 10.4 overs.
Bangladesh got off to a good start in the match as they collected 43 for no loss in 10 overs. However, they collected only 27 runs in 10.4 overs (from 138/5 in 32 overs to 165/9 in 42.2 overs) for the cost of five wickets — Shakib Al Hasan (17), Sabbir Rahman (4), Mashrafe Bin Mortaza (2), Taijul Islam (10) and Taskin Ahmed (0).
Rashid Khan bagged three wickets for 35 runs in 10 overs while Mohammad Nabi and Mirwais Ashraf grabbed two wickets each for 16 and 23 runs respectively. Rahmat Shah and Naveen-ul-Haq took one wicket apiece for the side.
With the day’s loss, Bangladesh conceded 2nd defeat against ICC associate Afghanistan, after Asia Cup by 32 runs in their first meetings at Khan sahib Osman Ali Stadium.
The win-loss record between the two nations is equal as the Tigers beat the visitors in the first match of the series by 7 runs at the SBNCS on Sunday last while defeated first by 105 runs in the ODI World Cup in February 2015 at Manuka Oval, Canberra, Australia.
Bangladesh Innings: 208/10 in 49.2 overs; Mosaddek Hossain unbeaten 45, Mushfiqur Rahim 38, Mahmudulla Riyad 25, Tamim Iqbal 20, Soumya Sarkar 20, Shakib Al Hasan 17, Rashid Khan 3/35, Mohammad Nabi 2/ 16, Mirwais Ashraf 2/23.
Afghanistan Innings: 212/8 in 49.4 overs; Asghar Stanikzai 57, Mohammad Nabi 49, Mohammad Shahzad 35, Hashmatullah Shahidi 14, Nawroz Mangal 10, Shakib Al Hasan 4/47, Mosaddek Hossain 2/21, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza 1/31.