Bangladesh on backfoot as top order fails to stand!
CRICDOT DESK : The batsmen of Bangladesh are looking at mustard flowers with their eyes as they go down to bat against Afghanistan. The visitors of Chittagong are watching the procession of top order batsmen.
Bangladesh lost six wickets for just 60 runs at the end of 15 overs. Captain Mahmudullah Riyad returned to the dressing room after being caught by Gulbadin Naib off Rashid Khan as the sixth batsman in 11 overs. Earlier, Bangladesh lost the 5th wicket in the eighth over. All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan left the team with 26 runs. Shakib was able to score 10 runs from 15 balls.
Earlier, he took four wickets in five overs. Left-arm pacer Farooqi took the first four wickets. Mushfiqur Rahim returned after two openers. Mushfiqur could not get to the ball line which went almost straight after falling in the middle stump of left-arm pacer Farooqi. The middle order batsman, who was expecting a little more swing, took the review after being lbw. Didn’t work, replay showed the ball hit the off-middle stump.
Yasir Ali Chowdhury could not open the run account after a difficult time in his debut. After a long wait, he went down to play his first ODI and missed Farooqi’s ball line and was bowled out for zero. Chasing the young Rana, Bangladesh’s innings was like a ruin at the beginning.
Openers Tamim Iqbal and Liton Das made their way to the pavilion after being bowled out for three balls Afghanistan returned two openers in the third over with two successful reviews. Tamim Iqbal returned as lbw after Liton Das was caught out.
Opener Liton wanted to defend the ball in Fazal Haque Farooqi’s middle stump. The right-handed opener could not. It touches the edge of the bat and accumulates in the keeper’s gloves. After one ball, Tamim went to play with his legs extended. The left-arm opener could not bat. Afghan captain Hashmatullah Shahidi took the review again. Tamim had to leave after scoring 6 runs in 2 fours.
Bangladesh scored 15 runs for 2 wickets in three overs. Shakib Al Hasan’s partner in the crease is Mushfiqur Rahim. Earlier, Afghanistan went down to bat and were all out for 215 runs. Mostafizur Rahman is the most successful bowler with 3 wickets. Shariful Islam, Shakib Al Hasan and Taskin Ahmed took two wickets each. Captain Mahmudullah got a wicket.
Only Rahmat Shah (34) has managed to cross the 20-run mark without Afghanistan’s middle order Najibullah Zadran (7).
Afghanistan: 215 in 49.1 overs (Gurbaz 8, Ibrahim 19, Rahmat 34, Shahidi 28, Najibullah, Nabi 18, Rashid 0, Mujib 0, Yamin 5, Farooqi 0 *; Mostafiz 9.1-0-35-3, Taskin 10-0-55-2, Shakib 9-1-50-2, Shariful 10-1-38-2, Miraj 10-3-28-0, Mahmudullah 1-0-4-1)