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As it happened: Bangladesh vs Afghanistan, Asia Cup, Game 5


Cricketnext Staff
Mar 01, 2014 at 09:46pm IST

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The Afghan bowling unit combined well to complement half-centuries from Stanikzai and Shenwari to bowl out Bangladesh for 222 after posting 254/6.

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Both the teams were winless after losing their opening matches but not without showing some spark against their respective rivals.

As it happened: Bangladesh vs Afghanistan, Asia Cup, Game 5

A file photo of Afghanistan batsman Nawroz Mangal. (AFP Photo)

Commentary (Bangladesh 1st Innings)

That's all we have from this match. Do join us tomorrow at 1330 IST for the much awaited clash between arch-rivals India and Pakistan. Until then, it's good bye and cheers!!!

Samiullah Shenwari bags the Man of the Match award for his all-round contribution. Says that it's the team work and everyone should be credited for the win. He tells that the plan with Stanikzai was to take it till the end. Regarding his bowling, he replied he has worked hard on it and it paid off.

Afghanistan just carried the momentum they got while batting into their bowling and got a fine start. Mominul Haque and Mushfiqur Rahim kept the chase on track for Bangladesh and then Naeem Islam also batted well with Nasir Hossain. When it seemed that the home side had the edge, Afghanistan roared back with a team hat-trick which completely changed the landscape of this match. Ziaur Rahman threatened for a while with his whirlwind 22-ball 41 but he failed to take his side beyond the finish line. It was a team effort from the Afghani bowlers and everyone contributed to the cause. They now are off the mark in the tournament and it's going to be extremely tough for Bangladesh from here on.

Historic moment for Afghanistan! They have beaten a Test playing nation and are absolutely delighted. They gained momentum in this match pretty late as they once were struggling while batting and were in danger of getting bowled out cheaply. But all thanks to the pair of Shenwari and Stanikzai who batted exceedingly well in the death overs to post a challenging total on the board.

47.5 M Nabi to R Hossain, OUT! Afghanistan win by 32 runs! Tossed up delivery on middle, Hossain goes down on one knee for the slog sweep across the line but fails to time it well enough. The ball balloons in the air and Mangal at deep mid-wicket takes the catch safely. Massive win for Afghanistan and they are celebrating it calmly. 222/10

47.4 M Nabi to R Hossain, Bowls it in the blockhole, Rubel digs it out back to the bowler. 222/9

47.3 M Nabi to S Gazi, Knocks a full ball down to long on for a single. 222/9

47.2 M Nabi to R Hossain, Flighted ball outside off, forced to long off for a run. 221/9

47.1 M Nabi to R Hossain, Floated full ball on middle, Rubel tries to heave it across the line but it comes off the inside edge and goes to short fine leg. 220/9

46.6 S Zadran to S Gazi, Again a full ball outside off, Gazi once again takes the bottom hand off the handle and keeps it out to point. 35 off 18! 220/9

46.5 S Zadran to S Gazi, Outside off, Gazi takes his bottom hand off the handle, pushes at it and misses. 220/9

46.4 S Zadran to S Gazi, Slants in a fuller ball, around off, Sohag pushes inside the line and misses. The keeper collects the ball and then passes it around. Misplaces it and they cross for a run. The umpire calls it a dead ball. No run given! 220/9

46.3 S Zadran to R Hossain, A yorker outside off, Rubel squeezes it out to point and crosses for a single. 220/9

46.2 S Zadran to R Hossain, Full toss on off, Hossain hits it straight to covers. Missed out on a boundary ball and is checking the bottom part of his bat. 219/9

46.1 S Zadran to R Hossain, Angles in a full ball from round the wicket, around off, Rubel pushes it off his front foot to mid off. 219/9

45.6 M Nabi to S Gazi, Slow loopy ball on off, defended off the front foot. 219/9

45.5 M Nabi to S Gazi, Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 219/9

45.4 M Nabi to R Hossain, Flatter and shorter on middle, whipped through mid-wicket for a single. 219/9

45.3 M Nabi to S Gazi, Flicks a full ball nicely through mid-wicket for one. 218/9

45.2 M Nabi to R Hossain, Spinning down the leg side, Rubel goes back and helps it off his pads to square leg for a single. 217/9

45.1 M Nabi to R Hossain, Flighted ball on off, defended off the front foot. 216/9

44.6 S Zadran to S Gazi, Full toss outside off, Gazi leaves it. He has stitches in his right hand and it's painful for him. Poor chap! 216/9

44.5 S Zadran to R Hossain, Full on off, pushed to mid off for a quick single. 216/9

44.4 S Zadran to R Hossain, FOUR! Edgy! Don't go anywhere, this match is going right down to the wire! Full length ball on off, Rubel aims for a heave across the line but it catches the outside edge and flies past the keeper for a boundary. 215/9

44.3 S Zadran to R Hossain, FOUR! Bang! Back of a length delivery on off, Rubel camps back, gets on top of the bounce and slaps it through extra cover for a boundary. 44 needed off 33! 211/9

44.2 S Zadran to R Hossain, Short on middle, pulled through mid-wicket for a couple. 207/9

44.1 S Zadran to R Hossain, Full toss on off, hit straight to covers. 205/9

Sohag Gazi, in fact, is coming out to bat. He split his webbing while stopping a ball and didn't take part in the match since then.

43.6 M Nabi to Z Rahman, OUT! Death rattle! Hopes shattered for Bangladesh! Floated off-spinner on off, Rahman walks forward to drive it through the line but it spins back in to beat the inside edge. The ball sneaks through and hits the off stump. What a knock by Ziaur but he failed to keep going! 50 needed off 36! 205/9

43.5 M Nabi to Z Rahman, Played to the point region by the batsman. No run. 205/8

43.4 M Nabi to Z Rahman, SIX! BIGGIE! Loopy full ball on off, Rahman goes down on one knee and heaves it cleanly over mid-wicket for a massive hit. 205/8

43.3 M Nabi to Z Rahman, DROPPED AND FOUR! Can you believe it? That was the game there for Afghanistan. Flighted ball on middle and leg, Rahman sits down on one knee with a slog across the line but fails to connect well. Mangal in the deep runs forward but fails to take the catch. It ricochets off his hands and squirts to the ropes. 199/8

43.2 M Nabi to Z Rahman, Loopy full delivery on off, Ziaur defends it with a straight bat. 195/8

Hassan is struggling with his hamstring and is going off the field. Mohammad Nabi to complete the over.

43.1 H Hassan to Z Rahman, SIX! Mighty hit! Is there life left in this match? The crowd surely thinks so. They are on their feet and are making a lot of noise. Fullish ball on middle and off, Rahman makes some room and launches it over extra cover for a biggie. 195/8

Hamid Hassan is back on.

42.6 S Zadran to Z Rahman, Rahman bottom edges his cut shot and rushes across to the other end. He retains the strike. 189/8

42.5 S Zadran to Z Rahman, Spears in a full ball again, on middle and going down, Rahman swings his blade blindly across the line but misses. He is hit on the back leg, the bowler appeals but the umpire disagrees. 188/8

42.4 S Zadran to Z Rahman, Fullish on middle, pushed to mid on. 188/8

42.3 S Zadran to Z Rahman, Back of a length delivery on off, Rahman top edges his pull shot and it goes safely over square leg and drops just short of the ropes. A couple taken. 188/8

42.2 S Zadran to Z Rahman, Back of a length delivery angled back into the batsman, Rahman tried to defend it from the crease but got an inside edge onto the pads. 186/8

42.1 S Zadran to R Hossain, Fullish ball on off, Rubel places it wide of point for a single. Huge cheer from the crowd as Rahman comes back on strike. 69 needed off 47 balls! 186/8

41.6 M Ashraf to Z Rahman, FOUR! Shot! And a horrible piece of fielding in the deep by Hotak. Short and going down the leg side, Rahman glances it off his hips and crunches it to deep square leg. Hotak in the deep makes a complete mess and it goes through his legs for a boundary. 18 runs off the over! 185/8

41.5 M Ashraf to Z Rahman, SIX! After bowling a few short ones, Ashraf bowls it full on middle, Rahman makes some room and rockets it over long off for a biggie. The crowd is back in action. 181/8

41.4 M Ashraf to Z Rahman, FOUR! Another cracking boundary! Shortish ball on middle, Rahman hops back to make some room and powers it over square leg for a boundary. 175/8

41.3 M Ashraf to Z Rahman, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 171/8

41.2 M Ashraf to Z Rahman, FOUR! Rahman walks down the track to a short ball and pulls it powerfully over mid-wicket for a superb boundary. 171/8

41.1 M Ashraf to Z Rahman, Rahman defends it from within the crease. 167/8

Mirwais Ashraf is back on.

40.6 S Zadran to R Hossain, Back of a length delivery on off, Rubel jumps on the back foot in defense. 167/8

40.5 S Zadran to Z Rahman, Fetches a short ball from outside off and pulls it over mid-wicket for a single. 167/8

40.4 S Zadran to Z Rahman, Good length delivery on off, straightening a bit, Rahman pushes at it and plays it down in front of point. 166/8

40.3 S Zadran to R Hossain, Touch short in length on off, Hossain chops it past first slip for a single. 166/8

40.2 S Zadran to R Hossain, Spears in a full ball, on middle, Rubel digs it out to mid on. 165/8

Rubel Hossain is the new batsman. Sohag Gazi is not fit to bat and this is the final wicket for Bangladesh.

40.1 S Zadran to A Sunny, OUT! Team hat-trick for Afghanistan! This is brilliant stuff from the Afghans. Zadran comes from round the wicket and serves a good length ball down the leg side. Sunny tries to flick it across the line but gets a faint tickle behind. Shahzad collects the ball safely, appeals and the finger goes up. 165/8

Arafat Sunny is the new batsman. Shapoor Zadran is back into the attack.

39.6 H Hassan to A Razzak, OUT! School boy stuff by Razzak and Bangladesh have lost their seventh wicket. Fullish ball on middle and off, Razzak hits it over the bowler's head and crosses for a run. He is lazy in dragging his bat inside the crease and there is a direct hit at the non-striker's end. They appeal, it's referred upstairs and the replays confirm that the bat was in the air when the bails came off. 165/7

Appeal for a run out! Referred upstairs...

Abdur Razzak walks in next.

39.5 H Hassan to N Islam, OUT! Islam falls and there is a stunned silence in the stands. Length ball on middle and off, Islam makes some room to power it through the line but fails to get the desired elevation. It goes uppishly to mid off where Mangal grabs the catch superbly. 165/6

39.4 H Hassan to Z Rahman, Good length delivery outside off, dabbed in front of point for a brisk single. 165/5

39.3 H Hassan to Z Rahman, Angles in a fuller length ball, on middle and off, Rahman defends it back. 164/5

39.2 H Hassan to Z Rahman, Full toss on the pads, nudged to long leg for a couple. 164/5

39.1 H Hassan to N Islam, Forces a length ball to covers where the fielder makes a lovely diving stop. They pick up a single. 162/5

Ziaur Rahman is the new batsman.

38.6 M Ashraf to N Hossain, OUT! Soft dismissal! A short delivery wide outside off, there to be hit, Nasir goes back with the cut shot but fails to keep it down. The ball goes straight into the hands of the point fielder. Timely wicket for Afghanistan! 94 needed off 66 balls. 161/5

38.5 M Ashraf to N Hossain, Length ball seaming back into the batsman, Nasir defends it off his back foot to the off side. 161/4

38.4 M Ashraf to N Islam, Fullish ball outside off, knocked down to long on for a run. 161/4

38.3 M Ashraf to N Hossain, Good length ball on middle, helped to mid-wicket for a single. 160/4

38.3 M Ashraf to N Hossain, Another wide down the leg side, the batsman fails to get any bat behind it. 159/4

38.3 M Ashraf to N Islam, Wide! Slips one down the leg side. The keeper fails to collect and they cross for an extra run. 158/4

38.2 M Ashraf to N Islam, FOUR! Bang! Full around off, Islam latches onto it and smacks it past the mid off fielder for a boundary. 156/4

38.1 M Ashraf to N Hossain, Full length ball outside off, guided to third man for a single. 152/4

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