Asia Cup 2018: Afghanistan crush Bangladesh by 136 runs

Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan celebrates his fifty on his 20th birthday in the Asia Cup match against Bangladesh at Abu Dhabi on Thursday.- AFP

Spinner Rashid Khan celebrated his 20th birthday in style by producing a stunning all-round display as Afghanistan beat Bangladesh by 136 runs in an Asia Cup match in Abu Dhabi on Thursday, 20 September. For Afghanistan, a good outing with the bat will augur well for the team.

Afghanistan and Bangladesh have faced each other five times in ODIs with the latter winning three of those encounters. Both teams have already qualified for the next round but whoever wins it won't be a matter as the schedule for Super Four already revealed in midway of group stage. The match will be played at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi. In the match against Sri Lanka, Afghanistan was decent batting first, scoring 249 runs. However, Rashid, who is celebrating his 20th birthday today, along with Naib, stitched together a lovely partnership for the seventh wicket to help Afghanistan post a strong total of 255-7. It's been two years since they last clashed in this format. Both Bangladesh and Afghanistan will now face India and Pakistan in the Super Fours for a spot in the final. While Ihsanullah Janat and his opening partner Mohammad Shahzad looked promising in their knocks of 45 and 34 respectively and the team will be hoping for another 50+ opening stand from them. Mushfiqur Rahim might be rested as well. Bangladesh outclassed Sri Lanka by 137 runs in the tournament opener on 15th September. Their bowlers then followed that up with a spectacular performance as they bowled the Lankans out for just 124 in the 36th over.

Bangladesh (Playing XI): Liton Das (wicket keeper), Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Mominul Haque, Mohammad Mithun, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehidy Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza (captain), Abu Hider Rony and Rubel Hossain. Nazmul Hossain is expected to replace the left-hander at the top.

Afghanistan (Playing XI): Mohammad Shahzad (wicket keeper), Ihsanullah Janat, Rahmat Shah, Asghar Afghan (captain), Hashmatullah Shahidi, Samiullah Shenwari, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Aftab Alam and Mujeeb Ur Rahman.

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