Abu Dhabi: Spinner Rashid Khan celebrated his 20th birthday in taste through generating a shocking all-round show as Afghanistan beat Bangladesh through 136 runs within the Asia Cup fit right here on Thursday.Rashid smashed an unbeaten 57 off simply 32 balls in a excellent counter-attacking batting show to take Afghanistan to a aggressive 255 for 7 after opting to bat. He and Gulbadin Naib (42 now not out) stitched 95 runs for the unconquered 8th wicket as they dealt in obstacles against the top in their innings.
At the again of the duo’s overdue fee, Afghanistan scored 97 runs from the general 10 overs and that made the variation within the destiny of the fit which, then again, was once rendered inconsequential as either side have already made it to the Tremendous 4 level from Staff B.
Later, Rashid confirmed why he is thought of as one of the most international’s premier leg spinners, taking two the most important wickets, the ones of Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah, the 2 maximum skilled avid gamers within the Bangladesh facet within the absence of the likes of earlier fit’s centurion Mushfiqur Rahim.
Shakib Al Hasan (32) and Mahmudullah (27) have been the top-scorers for Bangladesh and Rashid claimed their wickets with two stunning deliveries to wreck the spine in their run chase. Bangladesh have been in the end all out for simply 119 in 42.1 overs.
Afghanistan will input the Tremendous 4 level with self assurance after having received each their staff fits. They play Pakistan on the identical venue on Friday.
Chasing 256 for a win on a sluggish floor, Bangladesh struggled from the very starting with two wickets falling inside of 5 overs and runs arduous to come back through.
Nazmul Hossain Shanto (7) presented a forefront to indicate fielder Aftab Alam off the bowling of off-spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman within the fourth over.
Within the subsequent over, pacer Aftab Alam trapped Liton Das (6) LBW with an in-swinging supply to scale back Bangladesh to 17 for two.
Alam and Rahman bowled fantastically with a decent line and duration. The runs have been arduous to come back through for the Bangladesh batsmen, together with skilled Shakib who made up our minds to play the ready sport in view of the precarious scenario his crew was once in.
On the finish of 10 overs, Bangladesh have been 31 for two and it seemed like an uphill job to even cross close to the objective. The primary boundary for Bangladesh got here within the 15th over, and that came about after some other senior participant Mahmudullah got here in. Shakib and Mahmudullah attempted to construct the innings as they grafted for runs.
In truth, the entire of the Bangladesh innings had simply 5 obstacles.
On-field skipper Rashid presented himself within the 22nd over and he broke the partnership of Shakib and Mahmudullah in his 2d over itself. A flat and fast supply brought about Shakib to carry his bat down overdue, and the ball skidded off to hit his pad in entrance of middle-stump.
When Shakib, who didn’t hit a unmarried boundary in his 55-ball 32 was once brushed aside, Bangladesh have been 79 for five and watching a defeat.
Not one of the following batsmen in point of fact were given going, and it was once an issue of time earlier than the Bangladesh innings wrapped up on 119 within the 43rd over.
Opting to bat, Afghanistan have been to start with suffering in opposition to a disciplined Bangladesh bowling assault led through veteran left-arm spinner Shakib, who grabbed 4 wickets for 42 runs, however Rashid (57 now not out) and Gulbadin (42 now not out) grew to become the tables within the ultimate 10 overs.
The duo added 97 runs within the ultimate 10 overs with a flurry of obstacles which undid the entire previous excellent paintings through the Bangladeshi bowlers. They got here in combination within the 41st over at 160 for 7 and remained unconquered until the top.
Rashid hit 4 obstacles within the ultimate over bowled through Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza to finish the innings in taste with a 4.
Hashmatullah Shahidi had saved the Afghans within the hunt with a combating 92-ball 58 after his facet have been decreased to 28 for two within the 6th over itself.
Wickets fell round Shahidi with handiest opener Mohammad Shahzad (37), with whom he stitched 51 runs for the 3rd wicket, making some contribution.
Afghanistan crossed the 100 mark precisely on the midway level however Shakib was once handiest getting higher as he bowled out Afghanistan captain Asghar Afghan (8) who was once overwhelmed through the flight of the supply and drove around the unsuitable line to peer his stumps uprooted.
Shakib then added some other wicket to his kitty within the 34th over through disregarding Samiullah Shenwari (18) to scale back Afghanistan to 239 for five.
Shahidi was once protecting one finish in combination all this whilst however he was once additionally out within the 38th over as he edged a Rubel Hossain supply to the wicketkeeper.
At 160 for 7 within the 41st over, it gave the impression that Afghanistan would battle to even achieve 200 however Rashid and Gulbadin had different concepts.