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Afghanistan tame Tigers in last ODI


Published : 28 Feb 2022 09:16 PM

Bangladesh suffered a comprehensive defeat in the hands of Afghanistan as they lost the third of the three-match ODI series by 7 wickets at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram on Monday.

Tigers’ batting debacle gave Afghanistan a consolation win as they were able to chase the low total of 193 with 10 overs to spare, thanks to a wonderful knock by Rahmanullah Gurbaz, who struck his third ODI ton and scored 110-ball 106. Every time he has crossed fifty in the format, he has gone on to cross triple figures. He wasn't without fortune by his side but made it count to finish unbeaten. Gurbaz's 79-run stand for the opening wicket with Riaz Hassan set the chase up wonderfully for the tourists before Gurbaz and Rahmat Shah put the game to bed with their 100-run alliance.

Shakib Al Hasan kept the lid on the scoring at the start, after coming into the attack pretty early. But apart from Riaz Hassan's wicket, the allrounder had little to show for his efforts. 

Earlier, after opting to bat first, here's how the collapse looked: 88 runs | 9 wickets. Aghanistan clawed back into the series superbly, and they have their spinners to thank. Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi started off by drying the runs in the middle overs, causing some sort of panic in the Bangladeshi batsmen, who fell in the confusion of looking to play out Rashid and throw him off his lines with some attacking shots. Liton Das was the only solid contributor with his his 113-ball 86, and during his partnership with Shakib for the second wicket, it did look like they'd laid a pretty solid platform for the rest of the lineup. Alas, it wasn't to be. And Mahmudullah, at the end of it, found himself stranded without partners, resulting a low score of 192.