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Miraz-Afif heroics takes Bangladesh record breaking win!


CRICDOT DESK : Bangladesh beat Afghanistan by 4 wickets in the first match of a three-match ODI series at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong.

Bangladesh scored 219 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in reply to the 217 runs given by Afghanistan. With 7 balls in hand, the Tigers reached the port of victory.

Despite losing 6 wickets for just 46 runs in the match, Mehedi Hasan Miraj and Afif Hossain’s great partnership in the end Bangladesh was able to leave the field with a victory. Together they formed a partnership of 164 runs.

Mehdi Hasan Miraj played 120 balls and scored 71 runs. On the other hand, Afif Hossain played 115 balls and scored 93 runs.

This is the highest run innings of both of them in ODI career.

Bangladesh lost the 5th wicket in the eighth over of the match. All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan left the team with 26 runs. Shakib was able to score 10 runs from 15 balls.

Then the sixth wicket fell during 48 runs. At that time Mahmudullah Riyad returned to the dressing room with 6 runs.

At that time it seemed that the Tigers would lose the match. But then Mehedi Hasan Miraj and Afif Hossain formed a partnership.

Earlier, 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 becoming lbw. Didn’t work, replay showed the ball hit the off-middle stump.

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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.

Earlier, Rahmat Shah, who lost two wickets for 57 runs, was keeping the run wheel of Afghanistan running. But the batsman, who came down in three overs, played 69 balls and was dismissed for 34 off Taskin.

Mahmudullah Riyadh gave the fourth push to the Afghan camp. He picked up the wicket of Afghan opener Hashmatullah Shahidi. Hashmatullah made 28 off 43 balls. Then Nabi and Najibullah made a pair of 63 runs from 63 balls. In the 39th over, Taskin broke the tie by dismissing Nabi for 20 runs.

Najibullah was a thorn in the side of Bangladesh even after Nabi passed away. The Afghan batsman picked up fifty from the ground. But at the other end there was a procession coming and going. Shakib took 2 wickets in one over. Gulbadin Naib (17) was caught in the leg before the 45th of the innings and the third ball of Shakib’s ninth over. Rashid Khan (0) returned bold after the last ball of the over.

Mujib Ur Rahman (0) returned with a catch off Mostafiz in the 47th over. In the 49th over, Shariful dismissed Zadran with the fourth ball. Zadran scored 6 runs off 64 balls. Mostafiz hit again in the last over. This time, Yamin Ahmadzai (5) was caught by Riyadh in the long on and Fiz bowled out the Afghans.

Mostafiz took 3 wickets with the ball. Shariful, Taskin and Shakib took 2 wickets each. The rest belongs to Mahmudullah.

Short score

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)

Bangladesh: 219/7 in 48.5 overs (Tamim 6, Liton 1, Shakib 10, Mushfiqur 3, Yasir Ali 0, Mahmudullah 6, Afif 93, Miraj 61; Fazalhaq Farooqi 10-1-54-4, Mujib Ur Rahman 10- 0-32-1, Rashid Khan 10-1-3-1)

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