Asia Cup: Afghanistan defeat Bangladesh to move to top four

Mujeeb Rahman and Rashid Khan shared six wickets before the partnership of Najibullah and Ibrahim shared 69 runs off 33 balls between them to hand Afghanistan a seven wicket win over Bangladesh to advance to top four teams in the ACC Men’s Asia Cup 2022 on Tuesday.

In this match Bangladesh opted to bat first but were soon put in trouble as Mujeeb (3/16) picked up three wickets in his first spell to put Bangladesh under pressure at 24/3 in the 5th over. 

Rashid was introduced to bowl the 7th over and struck in his very 2nd delivery as he trapped Mushfiqur Rahim for 1 to leave Bangladesh at 28/4. 

Afif Hussain (12), Mohammadullah (25) and Mossadek Hussain (48*) batted well but Rashid Khan (3/22) kept taking wickets as he removed Afif Hussain and Mohammadullah, limiting Bangladesh to 127 in their 20 overs.

Afghanistan lost Rahmanullah Gurbaz (11) earlier in the chase at 15/1, and then after a 30-run partnership with Ibrahim Zadran, Hazratullah Zazai (23) was trapped in front at 45/2 in the 10th over to leave Afghanistan in trouble. The skipper Mohammad Nabi (8 off 9b) promoted himself up the order but lost his wicket only adding 8 runs to the total.

Najibullah Zadran came in at 5 and started to rebuild the Afghanistan inning as he struck a big six over the deep mid-wicket off Mahedi Hassan in 16th over before clobbering Mustafizur Rahman for two more sixes in the 17th over to bring the equation down to 26 off the last three overs. 

Najibullah finished the game with another big six for Afghanistan. Ibrahim Zadran won the best catch of the match award whereas Mujeeb was adjudged as the player of the match for his impressive figures of 3/16 in his 4 overs. 

With this victory, Afghanistan advanced to the top four of ACC Men’s Asia Cup 2022.