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CRICDOT DESK : In the first match of the three-match ODI series, Bangladesh will face Afghanistan today at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong. After winning the toss and choosing to bat, the visiting Afghan team scored 215 runs for the loss of all wickets in 49.1 overs. As a result, Bangladesh will have to score 216 runs to win.

Bangladesh was in danger from the beginning with the target of 216 runs given by Afghanistan. The hosts lost two openers in the third and fifth balls of the third over despite 12 runs in the first over. Liton Das (1) was caught behind the wicket by Fazal Haque Farooqi’s third ball. After one ball, Farooqi trapped Tamim Iqbal (7). Farooqi showed a glimpse in his next over. This time he dismissed Mushfiqur Rahim who scored 3 runs by trapping him in LB. In the last over of the same over, debutant Yasir Ali bowled Rabbi for zero. Bangladesh lost 4 wickets for only 18 runs then lost. Farooqi took four wickets alone!

When the team was on the edge of the ditch, Shakib came to the crease. However, Shakib also took the path of Tamim-Liton by putting Bangladesh in danger. In the fourth ball of the eighth over, Mujib’s ball became the best all-rounder in the country.

Bangladesh was scared of Rashid Khan, but Bangladesh lost half the batsmen before the Afghans came to bowl this leg. Rashid Khan got the wicket in his first over. Rashid sent Mahmudullah (7) to the toilet after making a catch on the slip. Bangladesh lost their sixth wicket for just 45 runs.

After losing 6 wickets for just 45 runs, Afid Hossain made an irresistible 50-run stand with Mehdi Hasan Miraj. In the 22nd over, Afif crossed the 100 mark by hitting Gulbadin Naib with four. That is why Bangladesh is moving forward. Afif picked up the first half-century of his career by batting responsibly in the moment of danger. He saw fifty off 64 balls. His partner is Mehdi Hasan Miraj. The hosts put up resistance for the seventh wicket partnership of the two.

At the time of writing, Bangladesh had scored 135 runs for the loss of 6 wickets at the end of 31.4 overs. Earlier, Tamim bowled Mostafiz in the first over after losing the toss. In the second ball, Gurbaj has digested four with the bat. In his next over, the cutter master returned the Afghan opener Gurbaj. He returned with 8 runs off 14 balls.

After losing to Gurbaj, Ibrahim Zadran and Rahmat Shah continued to overcome the pressure. Mahmudullah put pressure on Bangladesh by missing Ibrahim’s catch off Taskin. Shariful Islam returned Ibrahim with 19 runs for 3 runs. Tamim Iqbal is much relieved by this.

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Although he did not get the first spell, Taskin got the wicket in the second spell. With the extra bounce of Speedmaster, Rahmat dropped the ball, the ball hit the edge of the bat and Mushfiqur’s hand behind the wicket. Rahmat was dismissed for 34 off 69 balls.

Afghan captain Shahidi was making quick runs in four-sixes. But Mahmudullah did not let him go far. Mahmudullah Riyad dismissed the Afghan captain after bowling instead of Taskin. Shahidi returned with 27 runs off 43 balls with 3 fours and 1 six before being caught by Mushfiqur behind the wicket.

Najibullah Zadran-Mohammad Nabi was on the way to big collection after losing 4 wickets. Both of them kept the wheel of the run in motion by batting comfortably. Taskin relieved the Bangladesh camp by returning the third Spellenby. Nabi returned with 20 runs off 24 balls before Mushfiqur’s palm was caught behind the wicket. In his farewell, a big pair of 63 runs was broken.

Shakib hit a double in the Afghan camp for 194 runs. Gulbadin was returned by trapping LB, Rashid Khan was bowled back. Gulbadin scored 16 off 21 balls, while Rashid Khan returned to the dressing room empty handed. After adding 1 run to the scorecard, Mostafiz returned Mujib with a great catch. Meanwhile, Najibullah Zadran, who was pulling the team alone, got out for 6 runs after completing fifty. And Fazlehak Farooqi remained undefeated in Shunyaran.

Mostafizur Rahman took maximum three wickets for Bangladesh. Besides, three bowlers took two wickets each.

There was a hint of Yasir Ali’s debut before the ODI series. Even so. This middle order batsman is making his debut in the first ODI. Earlier, he made his Test debut against Pakistan in Chittagong last November. He made his ODI debut on the same field against Afghanistan. Rabbi became the 136th cricketer of the Bangladesh team to wear one day cricket cap.

Mahmudul Hasan Joyer was waiting for the inauguration of Rabbi. The Under-19 World Cup-winning batsman got his taste for a Test debut in the Pakistan series at home. Rabbi’s debut has not been won now.

Bangladesh XI is decorated with three fast bowlers and two spinners. Mostafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed and Shariful Islam are in the pace attack. Spin Mehdi Hasan Miraj and Shakib Al Hasan. Afif Hossain and Mahmudullah will be able to move their hands as part time bowlers.

Bangladesh XI:

Liton Das, Tamim Iqbal (captain), Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wicketkeeper), Yasir Ali, Mahmudullah, Afif Hossain, Mehedi Hasan Miraj, Shariful Islam, Taskin Ahmed and Mostafizur Rahman.

Afghanistan XI:

Rahmanullah Gurbaj, Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hasmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Gulbadin Naib, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Mujib Ur Rahman, Yamin Ahmadzai and Fazal Haq Farooqui.

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