Asia Cup: Afghanistan beat Bangladesh
Posted on Mar 01 2014 | IBNS
Fatullah, Mar 1 : Afghanistan made their presence felt strongly in the world of cricket as it defeated Bangladesh by 32 runs in the fifth match of the ongoing Asia Cup here on Saturday.
Posting 254 for six, Afghanistan bowled out the Test playing nation for 222 in 47.5 overs.
Showing maturity both with the bat and ball, Afghanistan picked up four points from the match while Bangladesh lost both the games so far.
Afghanistan scripted a historic win as spectators were left witnessing the home side surrender to a younger nation who are playing the Asia Cup for the first time.
Credit goes much to the 164-run sixth wicket stand by Samiullah Shenwari (81) and Asghar Stanikzai (90*) as they helped the side recover from 90 for five to post a competitive 254 runs on the scoreboard.
Bangladesh invited Afghanistan to bat first after winning the toss and then the bowlers were dominating over the visitors.
The duo, however, changed the script of the game and displayed a memorable fight on the cricket field.
After rebuilding the innings, Stanikzai and Shenwari blasted in the last 10 overs.
Stanikzai hit six boundaries and three sixes in his 103-ball knock.
Shenwari smashed 10 boundaries and a six before being run out in the last over of the innings.
Arafat Sunny picked up two wickets by giving away 44 runs in his 10 overs.
Afghanistan bowlers then bowled out Bangladesh for 222.
Mominul Haque remained the top scorer for Bangladesh wit his 50.
Mohammad Nabi picked up three wickets by giving away 44 runs for the visitors.
Afghanistan is currently standing on the fourth position in the list with four points while Bangladesh remained at the bottom of the table with two defeats.