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After dominating proceedings for almost 40 overs, Bangladesh were forced to concede their position of strength as Rashid Khan (57*) and Gulbadin Naib (42*) took Afghanistan to 255/7, with as many as 97 runs being scored in the final 10 overs at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, with an unbeaten 95-run stand, which came just in 56 balls.

At 160 for 7 in the 41st over, it didn't seem like Afghanistan would get to 250 - as they originally wanted after having opted to bat. However, the eighth-wicket pair attacked, ran well between wickets to rotate the strike effectively and got the boundaries as desired as Bangladesh ran out of ideas after sitting in the driver's seat for most of the innings.

The pitch was relatively easy for batting as the ball was coming on at the start, but despite that, the run-rate was kept under four by Bangladesh's bowlers. What didn't help them also, were the early wickets upfront. Abu Hider Rony, who was handed a one-day cap, alongside Nazmul Hossain, picked up two wickets and a catch in what turned out to be a dream debut for the 22-year-old in Abu Dhabi.

Mashrafe Mortaza should be given credit for Ihsanullah Janat's wicket, although, it was Hider's maiden one. It wasn't a wicket-taking delivery; short and wide and there to be hit, but the opener hit it too well and found the fielder at cover-point who was just moved into the position from slip. A sharp catch from Mithun had Hider ecstatic. He then struck two overs later after breaching Rahmat Shah's defence, cleaning him up with a slower one, while pulling back his length.

Despite the end of his spell, it was hard to keep Hider out of action, who sent Mohammad Shahzad back for 37 with a brilliant catch along the boundary. Shahzad lofted it towards long on, but it neither had the elevation or the distance to clear the man. Hider timed his jump to perfection to give Shakib Al Hasan his first of the four wickets on the night, breaking a fifty-run stand that helped Afghanistan rebuild their innings.

Shakib then struck to pick up two wickets inside four overs with the skipper Ashgar Afghan departing with a lapse of concentration that had his stumps disturbed. Hashmatullah Shahidi and Samiullah Shenwari (18) then added 38 runs for the fifth wicket, but from 138 for 4, Afghanistan were reduced to 160 for 7, as Shakib showcased his wealth of experience. Shahidi, when on 58, didn't cover the angle of the delivery, and ended up edging to the 'keeper. Shahidi's resilient innings was brought to and end after he had held his cool taking on the responsibility when wickets were falling at the other end at regular intervals.

Earlier, skipper Afghan at the toss had said they wanted to put on a strong total of around 250. With the plan of batting out their 50 overs, Afghanistan got so caught up wanting to bat through their entire quota of overs that they failed to improvise and cause a switch in momentum. On the other hand, Bangladesh not just were very disciplined with the ball, but rushed through the overs with their spinners, ensuring the game moved on quickly.

Yet, after the experienced Mohammad Nabi was trapped in front by Shakib for a 24-ball 10, much to Afghanistan's disappointment, Naib and Rashid - who turned 20 today - took them over the 250-run mark with an enterprising partnership.

Brief scores: Afghanistan (Hashmatullah Shahidi 58, Gulbadin Naib 42*, Rashid Khan 57*; Shakib Al Hasan 4-42) vs Bangladesh.

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