Bangladesh v Afghanistan, 1st ODI, Dhaka
Bangladesh 265 (Tamim 80, Mahmudullah 62, Shakib 48, Dawlat 4-73, Rashid 2-37, Nabi 2-40) beat Afghanistan 258 (Hashmatullah 72, Shahidi 71, Shakib 2-26, Mashrafe 2-42, Taskin 2-55) by seven runs
That is why they say dont ever take any cricket team for granted, no matter how strong the other opposition is. The ones who predicted the series between hosts Bangladesh and visitors Afghanistan to be one-sided were in for a shocker on Sunday. The series opener marked the first ever bilateral game between the two nations, and it did not fail to disappoint. The Afghanistan batsman seemed to be running away with a huge upset before Taskin Ahmed and Shakib Al Hasan scripted a dramatic comeback to a seal a thrilling 7-run victory for the homeside.
Chasing 266 on a shaky pitch was never going to be an easy task for the visitors. Shakib Al Hasan and skipper Mashrafe Mortaza bagged both the Afghan openers in the space of four deliveries. However, it was Hashmatullah Shahidi and Rahmat Ali’s 3rd wicket-partnership of 144 that turned the game on its head. The duo went onto score half centuries and in the process, earned Afghanistan a solid platform to seal the chase from.
Be that as it may, the pendulum swung again in the 41st over, this time to support Bangladesh, in any case. Shakib’s 208th wicket in One Day Internationals had opened entryways for a rebound. Puzzled off a slower one from Bangladesh’s new driving wicket-taker, Rahmat was headed back after a valiant 71 off 93 deliveries. From the flip side, in the 44th over, Taijul Ismal asked Shahidi to leave for good when Soumya Sarkar pulled off a screamer at profound midwicket. Afghanistan’s scoreboard then perused 210 for 4.
The pursuit of 266 still looked sensible with 56 to get off 39 conveyances. In a hostile to climatic complete however, none of the of alternate organizations, six of them altogether, kept going more than 20 runs each.