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Rashid stars in comprehensive beating of Bangladesh

Cricket news - Rashid stars in comprehensive beating of Bangladesh

There was nothing Rashid Khan couldn't have done on Thursday (September 20) - which also happened to be his 20th birthday. Turning the tables in the first innings with his valiant unbeaten knock of 57 en route a 95-run stand with Gulbadin Naib, he picked up two wickets in the second to help Afghanistan pick up a comprehensive 136-run win over Bangladesh, who were bowled out for just 119 in 42.1 overs, the fourth-largest for them in terms of runs. He was, expectedly, named Man of the Match.

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 for 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 off just 56 balls.

Bangladesh, in contrast, took 15 overs to score the first boundary. That told the story of their chase quite articulately, which was set back from the onset with Mujeeb Ur Rahman choking their batsmen by drying up the runs along with Aftab Alam. The Afghan bowlers bowled stump to stump and gave little away to Bangladesh's batsmen to play with. There was a brief period at the start when Bangladesh scored 3 runs in 20 balls, losing two wickets between overs 4-8.

With their openers back in the shed within five overs, much of the onus was on Shakib Al Hasan, who came in at No. 3 to keep his side in the chase. He battled through 55 balls for his 32-run stay, but struggled against the spinners who got the ball to drift into the left-hander. He was eventually undone by Rashid, who finished with figures of 2 for 13 in nine overs. Mahmudullah, who held his end well for 27, despite scoring being a tough ask, eventually succumbed to Rashid's googly, ending all hope of a fightback.

There was little resistance from the rest as wickets tumbled with Bangladesh being reduced to 100 for 7. Thereafter there was little that the lower order did as Rashid chipped in with a run-out even towards the end. Mujeeb wrapped up proceedings with the final wicket of Rubel, with figures of 2 for 22, leaving Mosaddek Hossain unbeaten on 26.

Earlier, 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. 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 Afghanistan 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 nor 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. 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. Shahidi, when on 58, didn't cover the angle of the delivery, and ended up edging to the 'keeper after having taken on the responsibility when wickets were falling at the other end at regular intervals.

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 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) beat Bangladesh 119 in 42.1 overs (Shakib Al Hasan 32, Mahmudullah 27, Mosaddek Hossain 26*; Mujeeb Ur Rahman 2-22, Rashid Khan 2-13, Gulbadin Naib 2-30) by 136 runs.

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