Bangladesh v Afghanistan, Asia Cup, Fatullah March 1, 2014

Bangladesh's first-encounter blues, Afghan's first

Stats highlights from Afghanistan's landmark win against Bangladesh in the Asia Cup, in Fatullah

  • This was Afghanistan's first win in ODIs against a Test nation in what was their fourth ODI against a Test nation. They had played Pakistan twice and Australia once before this. It took Bangladesh 28 ODI matches to win their first ODI against a Test nation.

  • With this defeat, Bangladesh have lost the first ODI they have played against five non-Test sides. In all, they have played nine non-Test nations. UAE, Bermuda, Hong Kong and Scotland are the teams they haven't lost their first ODIs against. In 1997, they lost their first ODI against Kenya in Nairobi, though they were not a Test-side then. However, Bangladesh lost to Kenya in the 2003 World Cup, which was the first time they were playing Kenya since attaining the Test status in 2000. The other non-Test teams against whom Bangladesh have lost their first ODIs are Ireland, Canada and Netherlands.

  • Bangladesh have now lost six ODIs against a non-Test-playing team since attaining their Test status in November 2000. The last time they lost to such a side before this ODI was against Netherlands in Glasgow in 2010. Overall, they have lost 11 ODIs to non-Test teams.

  • Asghar Stanikzai's unbeaten 90 in this match was his highest score and his fourth half-century in ODIs. His previous highest was also against a Test nation - he had scored 66 in the only ODI that Afghanistan have played against Australia, in Sharjah in 2012. Stanikzai was playing his 28th ODI, he has scored 631 runs at 28.68.

  • Samiullah Shenwari was run out just one run short of his highest score in ODIs. He had scored 82 against Kenya in Amstelveen in 2010. This was his fourth fifty in ODIs and his first against a Test nation.

  • This was only the second time in ODIs that there were two fifty-plus scores hit by Afghanistan's middle order (No. 4 to No. 7). The last such instance for them came against Netherlands in Hague in 2010.

  • Stanikzai and Shenwari added 164 runs for the sixth wicket for Afghanistan, which is the highest sixth-wicket partnership in the Asia Cup, beating the 112 runs added by Alok Kapali and Mahmudullah against India in Karachi in 2008.

  • The partnership was Afghanistan's highest for the sixth wicket in ODIs and their first century partnership for that wicket. Their previous highest partnership for the sixth wicket was 86, between Raees Ahmadzai and Shenwariagainst Scotland in Benoni in 2009.

  • This was also Afghanistan's third-highest partnership for any wicket and only their sixth hundred partnership in ODIs. Karim Sadiq and Mohammad Shahzad added an unbeaten 218 runs for the second wicket against Scotland in Ayr in 2010, which is their highest partnership for any wicket.

  • Afghanistan's innings seemed to be going nowhere in the batting Powerplay, with just 14 runs coming off the first four overs. By the 39th over, Afghanistan had meandered to a score of 137 for 5. The last two deliveries of the 40th over, however, were hit for fours by Shenwari, starting a carnage by the Afghanistan batsmen - in the next ten overs they plundered 107 runs. Ironically for Bangladesh, the last two deliveries of the 40th over almost snuffed out whatever hopes they had of winning the game as they lost Naeem Islam and Abdur Razak off them.

  • The 107 runs that Afghanistan scored in the last ten overs of their innings is the highest they have scored in these overs in ODIs, beating the 88 runs that they scored against Scotland in Benoni in 2009.

  • Between the last ball of the 38th over and the first ball of the 40th over, Bangladesh lost four wickets for four runs. This was their worst ever collapse for wicket fifth to eighth in ODIs and their fourth-worst four-wicket collapse in ODIs.

  • Ziaur Rahman raised hopes of a Bangladesh rescue-act with a 41-run cameo. This was the third-fastest innings of 30 or more runs in the Asia Cup. The three sixes hit by Rahman equalled the most by a batsman batting at No. 7 or lower in the Asia Cup.

  • The 40-run partnership between Rahman and Rubel Hossain is the second-highest for the ninth wicket in the Asia Cup. Harbhajan Singh and Zaheer Khan added 46 runs against Sri Lanka in the 2004 Asia Cup final, which is the highest for the ninth wicket.

Shiva Jayaraman is a sub-editor (stats) at

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  • Manesh on March 6, 2014, 5:31 GMT

    So, last Asiacup wins were flukes, isn't it? Does BD has anything else to show in between?

  • Syed on March 5, 2014, 14:51 GMT

    Afghanistan is also in their group in the prelims of the upcoming T20 and only one team has to go forward to play the top 8 big boys!!! not to mention that they will continue to check their blind spot for other teams Hong Kong (who knows what surprise expatriate player(s) might be in it?) and Nepal (with possible exposure to Inidian competitive cricket)

  • Syed on March 5, 2014, 14:46 GMT

    BD and ICC should seriously consider allowing BD to import players. The organization, infrastructure, 'very' loyal fan base is there but talent and especially professional competitive attitude is seriously absent.

  • Amber on March 2, 2014, 23:47 GMT

    If a win by a top rated associate team against a full member is a shock, then the full member team must have been in the top tier of the ranking? The greatest rank BD cricket team ever achieved in the 14 year history of their full membership is 9th (among ten teams). This 9th rank stayed with them because Zimbabwe took an exile for some time from the competitive cricket.

    If a win by Afghans against BD is a shock, what will you call if they win against Australia, SA, or India? Miracle? One simple question for Bengali fans. How many of the current or yesteryears BD players do you think would have made to any of the top 8 teams if they were in that country? Answer is None.

    The BD captain, fans, and media, all sinking their heads in the sand. Instead of realizing the strength of the opponent, instead of giving the credit to opponent playing to their strength, and instead of questioning the "un-proveable" potential of their cricketers, they are trying to label this loss as a shock

  • Fawlty on March 2, 2014, 23:14 GMT

    @datewithdestiny - You need to check records of Tendulkar and Kohli against Bangladesh

  • Mehdi on March 2, 2014, 18:39 GMT

    I will request BCB and BD captain do not be altar emotional and create a panic among the team members. After loosing a match changes , shuffling will not bring anything to BD future cricket development. Be practical and calm, work hard as a team. BCB should concentrate more on quality of domestic cricket and identify the problematic area for long term BD cricket future. Hire a world class spinner. If you invest today in right way , definitely you will get the fruit soon. Just be patient and specific. The best way to move on is to accept your defeat and be practical. BCB can told the curator to make the best possible pitch for BD which can help BD to win a match and boost the team performance. In future whatever situation comes captain and team management should not talk too much with Media. When cahanges are coming , it should come through a standard procedure, Otherwise we can go back to 5 years and others might laugh at us.

  • Dummy4 on March 2, 2014, 14:34 GMT

    Stats do not always tell the real story.

    In the above article, the 28 ODIs that Bangladesh played before first ODI win vs. Kenya, 12 ODIs were played over a span of nearly 10 years - from 1986 till 1995, courtesy of Asia Cup & 1 Australasia cup.

    The rest 16 ODIs were played between 1997 and 1999 including a few matches vs. Kenya and Zimbabwe.

  • faysal on March 2, 2014, 8:04 GMT

    This was undoubtly the biggest upset in crickets long history.

  • Dummy4 on March 2, 2014, 7:23 GMT

    @ Datewithdestiny and @ Rakesh... Can't agree with you both guys. BD has done very very poorly in last 14 years. Their test status was unjustified. Ireland and Kenya were robbed of it. ICC destroyed Kenya by ignoring them. Now it will be bigger mistake if ICC give status to Afghanistan and not to Ireland

  • Dummy4 on March 2, 2014, 7:12 GMT

    So much is being said against Bangladesh for just 1 defeat. Meanwhile other supposedly more pedigreed nations are losing merrily to Ireland. What about all the recent positives in Bangladesh cricket, the victories and close encounters against much superior teams? Bangladesh have a dynamic pool of impressive talent coming through. Please note that they also have their two top players missing. So relax BD fans, such upsets do happen every now and then but your recent history still has shown more positives than negatives. Chin up!!! :)

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