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Bangladesh beat Afghanistan by 4 wickets

Update : 24 Feb 2022, 11:56

Afghanistan captain Hashmatullah Shahidi gave Bangladesh full credit for an incredible fightback led by Afif Hossain and Mehidy Hasan Miraz, who snatched a four-wicket victory from the jaws of the defeat.

After Afghanistan were bowled out for 215 in 49.1 overs, Bangladesh were believed to win it with ease. But as they came to chase down the target, Fazalhaq Farooqi stunned Bangladesh, reducing them to 45-6. 

From that point, Bangladesh's chance to win the game seemed to be over. But Afif Hossain and Mehidy Miraz had the other idea. They resisted an Afghan attack that had best three spinners -Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Mohammad Nabi at their disposal. However both Afif and Miraz kept them at bay with an unwavering resolve and eventually led the side to a stunning victory.

"We had a good start but they played very well without giving a chance, which was incredible," a dejected Hashmatullah Shahidi sai, praising the effort of Miraz and Afif.

Both of them hit their career-best knock in the process to frustrate Afghanistan. Afif hit an unbeaten 93 off 115, clobbering 11 fours and one six and Miraz was not out on 81 after hitting nine fours in his 120-ball knock.

They combined for a 174-run partnership, which was Bangladesh's best for the seventh and second best in ODI cricket history, behind 177 by England's Joss Buttler and Adil Rashid against New Zealand in 2015.

While praising Miraz and Afif's effort, Afghans captain also saw their mistakes in batting. According to him, they were at least 30 runs short which made the eventual difference in this game.

"We were 30-runs short but the way Fazal started was great but credit to them for fighting back," he said.

Playing his only second ODI, pacer Fazalhaq Farooqi left Bangladesh 18-4 as Afghanistan took the upper-hand.

Farooqi struck twice in his only second over, dismissing Liton Das and captain Tamim Iqbal and on both occasions, he reviewed successfully to overturn umpire's decision. 

In his third over, he again gave Bangladesh a double blow, this time with the wicket of Mushfiqur Rahim, who reviewed in vain and uprooting the stump of Yasir Ali, who got duck on his debut. 

Mujeeb took the wicket of Shakib (10) who was the only one amongst top six of Bangladesh to reach double digit figure.

Rashid Khan claimed the wicket of Mahmudullah then with a half tracker, edging Afghanistan closer to its seventh straight ODI victory.

Hashmatullah Shahidi had also praise for Farooqi who he said showed a great promise at the start of his career.

"He bowled magnificently but we couldn't support him enough. The way he started his career, he has great future ahead," he remarked.

Shahidi said they are looking to bounce back in the series after this disappointing defeat.

"This was just the start but there are two more games to go and we will look to come back," he concluded.

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