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Shakib Al Hasan watches the bails light up as he is bowled by Hamid Hassan, Afghanistan v Bangladesh, World Cup 2015, Group A, Canberra, February 18, 2015

Tigers win big over Afghans

Bangladesh now awaits a convincing victory over Afghanistan to open their World Cup 2015 book with the Afghan tail end exposed and under pressure of scoring about 11 an over,report agencies.   Afghanistan’s hopes ended with the fall of skipper Mohammad Nabi, 44, under pressure in a delivery off his counterpart Mashrafe Mortaza.

It is now up to the tail end to close the gap as much as possible before innings close.   Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza led from the front as Tigers struck thrice early to choke up the Afghan innings and drying out the scoring rate.   Mashrafe took two in the first and third overs of the match while Rubel Hassan claimed one in between. Afghanistan were in trouble with their scoreboard beneath double figures.

Earlier, Bangladesh made 267 riding on fifties of Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim against World Cup debutant Afghanistan.  Starting off slow after winning the toss and choosing to bat first, openers Tamim Iqbal and Anamul Haque were lost with not much runs on the scoreboard.

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