ODI World Cup 2023: Bangladesh defeat Afghanistan by 6 wickets

Bangladesh chased down Afghanistan’s target of 157 quite comfortably with Mehidy Hasan and Najmul Shanto hitting 50s. Here is a recap of the second innings.

Chasing just a paltry score of 157 runs, Bangladesh looked to chase down the target without any hurry. The Tigers chased down the target quite comfortably and won the match at Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala, by 6 wickets with 92 balls remaining. Here is a recap of the second innings.

Afghanistan dismissed the openers early

Fazalhaq Farooqi and Mujeeb ur Rahman shared the two new balls. Mujeeb was not at his best during the powerplay and bowled quite a few deliveries that were off the mark. The first wicket came as a gift for Afghanistan in the fifth over. Litton Das had pushed a delivery from Farooqi to the point fielder, Najibullah Zadran. Das was watching the ball while his partner, Tanzid Hasan was trying to steal a single and was sent back by Litton. Najibullah then made a direct hit at the bowler’s end to run out Tanzid. Taznid scored five runs in 13 balls hitting one four. Mehidy Hasan Miraz was promoted and sent in at three instead of their regular batter at 3, Najmul Hossain Shanto. Farooqi was looking a more dangerous bowler in comparison to Mujeeb. He finally got his reward in the seventh over when he dismissed Litton who inside edged and outside off-stump delivery back to his stumps. Bangladesh scored 44 runs in the powerplay for the loss of two wickets.


Mehidy Hasan and Najmul Hossain guide Bangladesh to victory

Mehidy Hasan from the moment, he came in to bat looked like the best batter among the players from both sides. He was hardly troubled by the Afghan bowlers throughout his stay. Except for the one delivery from Rashid Khan in the 13th over, Shanto too looked comfortable against the bowling from Afghanistan. Mehidy mostly scored at a run-a-ball pace while Shanto played in a defensive manner.

Mehidy Hasan completed his half-century in the 23rd over in 58 balls hitting 4 fours. In the 25th over, Mehidy Hasan was given LBW on the field by umpire, Joel Wilson. He reviewed the decision after a long discussion with partner, Najmul Hossain. The third umpire reversed the decision after noticing an inside edge. In the 29th over, Naveen-ul-Haq came back into the attack and picked up the wicket of Mehidy Hasan. It was more of a fielder’s wicket as Rahmat Shah at mid-off took a one-handed blinder catch to end Mehidy Hasan’s innings. Mehidy Hasan’s wicket meant that the match-winning partnership of 97-run was broken. Najmul Shanto and Shakib al Hasan came close to securing the Tigers’ victory. A 22-run stand was shared by the two. With just 11 runs needed to beat the total, Azamatullah Omarzai then dismissed Shakib. In an effort to boost the ante and wrap up the game fast, Shakib attempted to pull Omarzai’s short delivery, but he connected with the toe of the bat instead, giving a routine catch for Fazalhaq Farooqi. In the same over Najmul completed his half-century in 80 balls hitting one four and six each.

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