Bangladesh v Afghanistan, World T20, Group A, Mirpur

Spinners give Bangladesh important win

The Report by Mohammad Isam in Mirpur

March 16, 2014

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Bangladesh 78 for 1 (Anamul 44*) beat Afghanistan 72 (Shakib 3-8, Razzak 2-20) by nine wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Everything came together for Bangladesh, on the day it really had to be just right. By beating Afghanistan by nine wickets in the World T20 opener, they took a big step towards entering the main draw of their home tournament, and avoided the discomfort of losing to an Associate nation twice in the space of 16 days.

Mushfiqur Rahim's decision to bowl first was slightly strange given that he felt the day before that chasing was hard in T20s. But his decision was vindicated by Bangladesh's best bowling performance in this format. Skittling Afghanistan out for just 72 runs in 17.1 overs was the first time they had bowled out an opposition in T20s.

Bangladesh enjoyed their best Powerplay overs as a bowling unit, sending down 24 dot balls in the first six overs and taking three wickets. Abdur Razzak got his arm-ball groove back, nailing Mohammad Nabi and Samiullah Shenwari, two batsmen who could have taken it away for Afghanistan.

Shakib, Dawlat fined

  • Shakib Al Hasan and Dawlat Zadran were fined 50% of their match fees after being reported by the onfield umpires for making deliberate physical contact. The incident happened in the ninth over of the Bangladesh innings when Dawlat ran into Shakib, who also retorted in a similar manner. Both players pleaded guilty to the offence.

Mahmudullah bowled the most economical completed spell in T20s for Bangladesh, giving away just eight runs in his four overs, and Shakib Al Hasan picked up three cheap wickets.

Afghanistan's crash to 72 all out started in the very first ball of the match. Mohammad Shahzad, the only batsman from their side to have more than 1000 runs in all levels of T20 cricket, went after Mashrafe Mortaza far too early. He holed out to mid-off, giving Bangladesh the perfect start.

Gulbadin Naib and Najeeb Tarakai slowed down slightly, before playing some shots when the bowlers pitched short or wide, but such release deliveries were rare, especially after Mushfiqur Rahim turned the screws by bringing on Shakib.

In the sixth over, Naib was dropped by Sabbir Rahman at long-on, a regulation chance, but he chanced his arm the next ball, launching one to the fielder's right. Sabbir took the harder running catch, and Afghanistan's batting collapse began.

Tarakai, having crossed over, gave cover a simple catch when he top-edged Shakib off the next ball. In the next over, Sabbir made his presence felt once again with a direct hit from short fine-leg, catching Nawroz Mangal short of the crease. Three wickets lost in six balls, without a run added.

What was required at this point was for Nabi to play till the end but the Afghanistan captain was stung by a Razzak arm-ball that made it 49 for 5 in the 10th over. Karim Sadiq was run out trying to take a second in the 12th over, another direct hit from Farhad Reza running in from the deep.

Shenwari and Shafiqullah were out off successive balls thereafter, though the latter didn't edge the Mahmudullah delivery that climbed on him awkwardly.

Bangladesh's task was simple as they began their chase: hold the Afghanistan seam attack at bay and play away the spinners. Tamim Iqbal and Anamul Haque made a good start, particularly given how much Nabi and Sadiq made the new ball turn.

Tamim was lbw to Shenwari's leg-break, missing the line of the ball as he pressed forward to defend, having made 21 off 27 balls.

Anamul remained aggressive, hammering a couple of sixes to get himself going before flicking and driving boundaries. When Anamul hammered the winning six with eight overs remaining, he was unbeaten on 44 off 31 balls; Shakib, at the other end, was batting on 10. This was Anamul's third six, all hit down the ground.

The win broke Bangladesh's 10-match losing streak in World T20s since 2007, and was their second win in this competition. Strikingly, this was their first international win since November 3.

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Posted by   on (March 18, 2014, 19:47 GMT)

Dear RibhavBansal, Like your comment, well said...we actually follow the same principle of Indian Cricket Team.

Posted by RibhavBansal on (March 18, 2014, 11:36 GMT)

In a way, it is good that Bangladesh have to qualify for the main draw. It gives them a chance to win 3 matches against countries like Afghanistan, Hong Kong and Nepal and quench the thirst of their die hard fans, because once they reach the main draw, I dont see them winning a single match against the main countries, no doubt they are the best amongst the associates but that is what they are, they cannot compete with the main countries - sure they will pull an upset here and there, but seeing their current talent pool, if they cannot reach the semifinals of the World T20 despite it being at home and despite tall claims of "We can beat any team at home", then they can never progress further.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2014, 22:16 GMT)

Nepal, Hong kong & Afghanistan is not our target in this t20 world cup, our main & only target is to beat India & to wash our critics again. We have more balanced spin & pace attack than team India & West Indies. Our batting depth is better than WI & Pakistan. Just we need to believe in ourselves that we can destroy all the opponents in our day. Best of luck for Bangladesh cricket team. Hope they'll think about their team's poor performance & will never try to cover up it by criticizing to us.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2014, 19:57 GMT)

I have to say that wel-done by BD team, U showed the world that you deserve to be where u are, if you played every game from now on till the end with passion the way you played against Afghanistan I will say you be the t20 champions. BD have the talent but they luck passion when they play. As far for AFG goes they need to learn from this game and move on, so far it seems that they haven't learned from defeats in previous t20 games cause they always said oh we played against England, SA, India ect. but I hope there is no excuse this time. Honest opinion from an Afghan fan.

Posted by r0ketman on (March 17, 2014, 15:14 GMT)

@Lionsoflanka: Ireland lost by huge margin to BD two days ago, goes to show how farcical the ranking system is. Now you are smelling conspiracy in group selection, which is done by lottery? It was AFG who was going to knock us out before the first match, now it is Nepal? I know the nervousness SL fans are feeling after barely winning on the last ball in the recent two T20I, one of which required help from umpire, I know you guys don't want us to be in the super 10, because luck do not work 3 times in a row. Keep your prayers up, we will see who wins tomorrow!

Posted by hasib9 on (March 17, 2014, 14:24 GMT)

This is almost the best available 11 in the country for BD. Only Zia for Reza would make a slight difference, but not much. And Shakib should not have been fined.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2014, 11:46 GMT)

It was the way Bangladesh won against Afghanistan that was the most pleasing aspect. All three disciplines of the game were intelligently executed. They had planned very well with the bowling changes when needed to be, bowled and set the field to the opposition batsmen's weak points, pitched the deliveries at the right spot and bowled quickly between overs to unsettle the Afghanistan batsmen. They valued their wickets and batted very intelligently and the Afghans had no answer to it except the out of control aggression. We were able to kill off the opponent in the death overs rather then conceding countless runs by simple line and length pitched deliveries and let the opposition commit mistakes.

Bangladesh needs to employ these same tactics no matter who the opponent is and i am sure we will greatly benefit from this. May be that loss to the Afghans in the Asia Cup was a blessing in disguise.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2014, 11:31 GMT)

To be very honest with you, Shakib had every reason to be angry. The highlight video clearly shows how Dawlat was being aggressive unprovoked, and i am sure everyone can understand what Dawlat called him, which would make anyone furious. Tamim was very mature to not respond, because he didn't want to blow away his return to the team with any controversy, but again, the overall attitude by the AFG team was too immature at the least, and completely unprofessional at best. To be very honest, it was a deliberate attempt to heat up the BD boys and get to act rashly. But AFG need to learn about the difference in mind games and plain crass rude behaivior. If you notice anamul after the winning shot, he mumbles something, which shows how annoyed the team was by this wierd and uncalled for attitude.

Now, both teams should focus on the future, and BD should try to carry this form, and this perofance to the next 7 matches, 9 matches, which, if they manage to achieve, the cup will stay home!

Posted by Noorzai on (March 17, 2014, 9:13 GMT)

i request ICC to consider our cricket board, it is full of corruption every player is based on references to play at National team, i would say if the ICC do not consider the cricket board members and director am pretty sure we would not improve even we will go more and more down.

Posted by Noorzai on (March 17, 2014, 9:09 GMT)

T20 is by chance game jst remember ODI, hahahhaha that was really fan for me and the Afghan Team made a record for the first time. am sure if Afghan play T20 vs BD at UAE am 100 % sure Afghan will hardly beat them.

Posted by reyme on (March 17, 2014, 8:32 GMT)

As many have pointed out Afgan players need to learn proper etiquette first. Cricket is supposed to be a gentleman's game. Abusive words and intentional beamers and bouncer at BD batsmen, throwing balls at the BD batsmen body when they were clearly in, couple of which nearly did a major injury to Tamim, was really uncalled for. The entire AFG team should have been fined for improper behavior in this match...

Posted by vkumar_086 on (March 17, 2014, 8:29 GMT)

Bangladesh win against Afghanistan is big upset in this T20 world cup

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (March 17, 2014, 7:51 GMT)

We can see a difference in BD approach when Shakib Al Hasan is back. Well played. Afgan do not have to worry. They are yet to handle pressure of big stages - thats the issue. They can hope for a win of HK or Nepal over BD and then they have a chance,

Posted by vkumar_086 on (March 17, 2014, 7:51 GMT)

Bangladesh win against Afghanistan is big upset in this T20 world cup

Posted by   on (March 17, 2014, 7:18 GMT)

Afghanistan lose the game but they would have learned a lot.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2014, 7:07 GMT)

and dont mind if laugh icc is just maintains the order of their bosses !

being a test playing nation what number of test matches hav bangladesh played forget the number of oneday.

its not icc its just india cricket council!

Posted by Oracle_Magus on (March 17, 2014, 7:03 GMT)

Even though this looks like a convincing victory on the cards, one could see all throughout that Afghans did fancy their chances here. They became overly aggressive from the word go and lost their plot. BD batsmen too came with all guns blazing, but the sting in the Afghan bowling, did hold them back a little. Both teams went to the extent of verbal and physical confrontation, instead of just letting the bat and ball do the talking as gentlemen. Afghan team need to realise that they have to bat out the overs and alter their plans based on the conditions, but it's all too early for them and they did a good job in the bowling department. Nepal bowlers has put on a good show against HK. Now let's see how they fare against a more experienced BD. Cheers!

Posted by Bdcricketdebator on (March 17, 2014, 6:51 GMT)

BCB should ban cheap minnow afghan players in any domestic tournament in BD.this minnows are really dont deserve to play with good foriegn players.i request to bcb to never ever bring a afghan to bd national leagues.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2014, 6:48 GMT)

As we seeing that Nabi or Afgans are trying to show attitudes.after seeing their press conferrence this looks he and his team doesnt know how to well behave.

so they should first simple manners before learning & playing cricket

Posted by   on (March 17, 2014, 6:46 GMT)

Bangladesh has nothing to prove from this victory over Afganistan. Once Bangladesh was in that stage but now we have improved a lot . Our consistency is bit disappointing as the players basically batsmen are not committed to stay in the 22 yards as long as they can. If they can believe on themselves then with their confidence they will have equal authority to win over big nations. If they can carry the spirit they obtained from Asia Cup final between Pakistan and Bangladesh - then Bangladesh will put up good shows and nobody will not say that Bangladesh is a poor status cricketing nation as so called big brothers used to count us.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2014, 6:02 GMT)

Bangladesh Cricket Analyst

It doesn,t matter Afghanistan loss the match, but it is matter is their attitude. They just making revelry in cricket. How come Md. Nabi forgate that he & his team mates got access to play Dhaka Premier League & BPL. Hence, BCB helps them to play in Asia Cup?

But Nabir, press conferences before match was horrible, humiliation. Truly Afghanistan loss something big like their supporters. Look at Pakistan the got huge crowed in Bangladesh because of their attitude.

Chance your attitude, that will surely change the game.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2014, 5:17 GMT)

Afgans are only trying to make bd-afgan rivelry, I don't think they are ready for it yet but if right steps are taken afgan can become a rival of Ind, pak and be in next 5 years... Despite attitude from afgans, I would like to wish afgan good luck for their upcoming games... FROM Bangladesh

Posted by LionsofLanka on (March 17, 2014, 4:59 GMT)

Ireland with 91 rating points ranked at 9th place just below England (with rating points 104) is far ahead of BD who has just 74 rating points in ICC T20 internationals. Afghans is not far behind with 66 points. Those who are getting test status in 2001 should be ashamed of as being well behind Associates. Their fans must be humble as realizing these facts. Instead they live in another planet & showing attitudes & arrogance against much higher preposition. This is totally unwarranted. After looking at Nepal today, I believe they would bring down these fans on their feet 2 days later. I am waiting eagerly for next encounter of Nepal.

Ireland, Netherlands, Zimbabwe & UAE are in same group which looks quite strange as against Afghans, Nepal & HK. Perhaps home nation has given advantage by ICC. Looking at the pitch conditions today, I am not surprised with results against Afghans. That was the best option for host to beat them. I felt sorry for Afghans.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2014, 4:40 GMT)

Proud to be Bangladeshi... Shakib u beauty again u showed us really u r superstar....i wish and pray to all our players please Have faith urself u can conquer the all impediment..... Love u Tiger we are always wit u

Posted by r0ketman on (March 17, 2014, 4:34 GMT)

@Varun Upadhye: No disagreement with you about winning against an obviously weaker team should not call for mass celebration. Just pointing out a factual error in your statement - This was AFG's sixth T20I against a test playing nation, not first. They have played against Pak, England, India (twice), and SA before.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2014, 4:29 GMT)

wrong attitude from Shakib caused poor Dawlat zadran to be fined: Shakib, Dawlat fined Shakib Al Hasan and Dawlat Zadran were fined 50% of their match fees after being reported by the onfield umpires for making deliberate physical contact. The incident happened in the ninth over of the Bangladesh innings when Dawlat ran into Shakib, who also retorted in a similar manner. Both players pleaded guilty to the offence.

Posted by r0ketman on (March 17, 2014, 4:24 GMT)

@lionspaw: Seriously? You are going to say shame on you to a 21 year old for showing extra exuberance after winning a match? And what does this have to do anything with Shakib? I will come back to that in a second. You are praising AFG, and saying Shame on Anamul? AFG players had to be cautioned by the umpires even before BD started batting! They were sledging BD players throughout the 12 overs, you could read from their lips the nasty words they were spewing! What is wrong with Anamul celebrating a little extra after the unsportsmanlike conduct, and disrespect shown by the opponent? What did he do that is shameful? As for Shakib...he did something wrong, he apologized in public, and paid for with a suspension. If he was Virat Kohli (Who flipped the bird, and whole world saw it too), he would not have even been suspended. Your hatred for BD must have made you blind if you are saying shame on Anamul, and you are praising AFG for sprotsmanship!!

Posted by   on (March 17, 2014, 4:19 GMT)

Bangladeshi fans both amuse and disgust me. Winning against an obviously weaker team is not something to celebrate about. This was Afghanistan's first T20 game against a test side. And Bangladesh has an abysmal record at best in International matches. It's ranked number 9/10 in ODI, Test and T20 rankings. In some places even below Zimbabwe and Ireland. And despite being a Test playing nation Bangladesh still has to play a qualifying round in this world cup just to get into the top 10. Why is that??? Does anyone has the answer??? And honestly Bangladesh did play well in yesterday's game, but not without some support from Afghanistan. Some wickets were thrown away by Afghanistan rather than being taken by Bangladesh. For example Mohammed Shehzad. He just blindly slashed at the ball. And all the run outs looked like the batsmen were taking it way to easy. If Afg should apply themselves then they can surely beat Bangladesh. Contrary to BD fans' beliefs it's not a strong as they think!!!

Posted by   on (March 17, 2014, 4:16 GMT)

Dear BD fans , first of all let me congratulate you for wining this game . Secondly to Mr. Shakib Al Hasan ! Cricket is a sport game and anything can happen in this game but more important is Attitude on ground for both sides. Your statements doesn't seem to be a good one and you should be more careful what you say ! Afghanistan team is still an associate member of ICC and they are not yet full member but still they brought upsets to full members and they don't take Afghan team easily that is why when they (Full members ) are playing Afghans they prepare squad like they are playing WC final. In this case you have nothing to proud on cuz you beat only an associate member, The pressure from Afghan team on Bangladesh team which has longer history of cricket than Afghanistan was itself a great achievement for our boys. I do respect BD fans, Team, and players but statements like this will ruin all our relations and friendships. Sorry BD fans for my objection but reality is reality . Thanks

Posted by Nasim_Ahmed on (March 17, 2014, 4:09 GMT)

@ lionspaw: Which part of Anamul's celebration/reaction was lewd? Again, what makes you think it was indicated towards Afghanistan in the first place? Has it occurred to you he might've addressed it to guys like you in the stands - so obsessed to decry BD on arbitrary grounds... like the latest of that being - "Afghanistan is better than BD" blah blah blah... Lol! Never mind. Good luck with your tail chasing...

Posted by black_bird on (March 17, 2014, 3:58 GMT)

Afgans should be banned from all kind of cricket unless they don't have attitude of gentleman. It is a pity that , teams have no discipline is playing cricket.

Posted by Htc-Android on (March 17, 2014, 3:57 GMT)

I cant belive BD fans are calling Afghans are minnows. Whats the status of BD in world cricket right now. World champions may be. Did they forget all the thrashings they got in Asia cup and also in the SL series.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (March 17, 2014, 3:57 GMT)

" Cpt.Meanster on (March 16, 2014, 10:35 GMT) AUS, NZ, SA, and ENG have NO CHANCE in this World T20 looking at the amount of turn and bounce. It's a straight shoot out between IND, PAK, SL and WI. " thats exactly what I am thinking at the moment!

Posted by   on (March 17, 2014, 3:39 GMT)

not surprised to see bad attitude of afgans.... its a problm in all asian teams.... the only thing is, its too early to show for a new team...

Posted by Nasim_Ahmed on (March 17, 2014, 3:17 GMT)

@ Dhutugemunu: Bro, you must see the irony in your very conclusion on BD and Zim. You dismiss them as similar to associates with the excuse of less experience and low rank, which is by itself the direct result of your so called big teams' reluctance to play against these countries. BTW, which big team Ban of Zim could never beat? For example, before this era of unsporting discrimination, India was minnow before the 1983 world cup that was played with a format similar to 2007 WC with 4 teams a group. When Bangladesh and Ireland qualified for super 8 in 2007 the very format of 2011 WC was changed siting the fault of 2007 WC - "when India and Pakistan bowed out in the first round, considerably robbing the tournament of commercial and spectator interest." Yeah so much for the encouragement of 'minnows' nowadays, reflects again on this T20 WC...

Posted by   on (March 17, 2014, 2:42 GMT)

vkias, vkias, vkias. ..Such a pity. Don't know about BD but with such a cocky attitude, ur the one who's gonna get thrashed pretty soon. Just grow up & get a life. Watson playing an innings like that is more like Shakib & Mushi thrashing Umar Gul & Ajmal again.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2014, 1:57 GMT)

Afganistan is an overrated associate team. The win over BD in the Asia Cup was a fluke. It was against a 2nd string BD team. The only associate team that can give a fight imo is IRE. Apart from Ire, nepal looks like the 2nd best associate. This will be proven on the next match.

Posted by i_amVIVA on (March 17, 2014, 1:31 GMT)

@the_predator: Your comments are caustic; you seem to find nothing good about a fine win by BD, their first in 2014. You're clearly one of the BanglaBashers. You should rather stay away, and have Bangla enjoy their success, be it against a weak team like Afg. You surely came down hard, along with your herd of BD bashers, two weeks ago when BD lost to Afg in AsiaCup, saying Afg is better then BD; and now this duplicity, - it seems BD can't do right anyways to these haters. Yes, BD were going through a lean time lately, but your mentioned Afridi, Akmal, Ajmal, Dhoi, - they are no new elements to BD; your short memory may not hold the fact that BD team have defeated all those teams in the recent past, just go back no farther then last AsiaCup, and you'll find the facts if you care to read; you forget NZ's gross defeat to BD lately, and those of WI and others. Hope these facts can open up your eyes to see BD's succcess in true color, rather than in the color of your choice.

Posted by Ruhul_Amin on (March 17, 2014, 1:13 GMT)

nothing can be achieved in short term, need patience, honesty, manner, practice and self-confidence etc. ... afgans show poor attitude today and if they keep going like this, i must say no respect for afgan team....

Posted by   on (March 17, 2014, 0:50 GMT)

welldone tigers .........................................................

Posted by   on (March 17, 2014, 0:02 GMT)

today Bangladesh shows topclass skill against associat afganistan.i don't like to say more about afg.. because looks very ordinary team they are?they have to learn how to play good cricket and how to comment in press confarence...mr nani told that they have 10 allrounders anf afg is more strong then BD.lol mr nabi... no need 10 allrounders our Shakib al hasan is enough for afg...

Posted by lionspaw on (March 16, 2014, 23:22 GMT)

After seeing the reaction of Anamul Haq, I felt like "what is wrong with these Bangladeshi players?" Shakibul Hasan showed his sacred parts to the audience in the middle of a match and Anamul Haq showing arrogance after scoring the winning run. Learn from AFGANS!!! They behave like real gentlemen after beating you guys. Being a test nation after beating non test nation, you react like this????? I could not believe my eyes. It is highly understood if you beat a test playing country. SHAME ON YOU ANAMUL HAQ!!!!!

Posted by smukhles on (March 16, 2014, 23:21 GMT)

So the analysis of Bangladesh's victory or loss has started and continues as usual no matter which team we won or lost against. Dear Fellow Bangladeshi Brothers, Let's not sweat over these anti Bangladeshi comments always posted after we play one game. There are people who will always be supporting any team who is playing against any of their rivals from this sub continent even if that any team is Australia, South Africa or England or whoever. Today I don't see some of those comment poster here who were very active yesterday with anti Bangladesh comments all day. We will only get better no matter what they think or want to think.

Posted by Ain_EL_Sabet on (March 16, 2014, 22:39 GMT)

afghanistan beat Bd in asia cup becuz shoga gazi was out of play early in the game due to injury and hence mushy had to use part timers to fill up gazi's 10 overs and afghan late orders capitalized on this after Bd regular ballers had put afghan in a losing situation in early overs. Not to mention Bd was already half-strength to begin with. After that game afghan fans were saying their team is as good as other test playing nations like Sl , ind , pak ! I was supporting afghan team but seeing attitude of these afghan players in this game I wont anymore. These afghan players dont have class in their game and they dont have class in their character either.

Posted by sakhawat_hossain_sunny on (March 16, 2014, 22:14 GMT)

@ Predator : Bangladesh deserves to celebrate this winning after a long streak of losing recently n also they won securing a huge difference in all sections , no offense

Posted by bangladesh_blaster on (March 16, 2014, 22:03 GMT)

Bangladesh wont let up against Nepal. I think this time their mind is rightly focused. They are capable of much bigger things and this will be the tournament to prove it.

Posted by delucricket on (March 16, 2014, 21:38 GMT)

I think BD is finally starting to learn how to give respect to their opponent. Last humiliation they had was well deserved by the team. It is rule of thumb in any game you must take your opponent seriously, because you would never know what their pros are and cons are. In fact, even Nepal could pose a threat to any team with ugly surprises. On the Crease it takes only one bad throw, and that one bad throw could come from out of blues. As a BD fan I want to see my team quickly learn how to sincerely respect their opponents and study them well before the matches. That is the only way to diminish the chances for ugly surprises, like what happened to BD in the Asia cup. This team is the flagship of our nation and please don't humiliates us anymore.

Posted by dunger.bob on (March 16, 2014, 21:28 GMT)

That's a nice bright start to the tournament. This game sounds as though it was we call in my country 'a bit willing'. Lots said by both teams before the match, a clash of bodies on the field and just look at the comments on here. .. It's on. Let's go!

Posted by r0ketman on (March 16, 2014, 21:14 GMT)

@vkias: the fact that you are expecting Australia to thrash BD says a lot, because Australia thrashes every team on a regular basis. The number 1 rated T20 team barely won two T20 matches against BD recently, both games on the last ball, no way what someone could define that as thrashing. I wonder why you remember a thrashing by Watson during a inconsequential bilateral series, rather than the thrashing Gilchrist dished out to SL during a WC final. What does that say about SL? Does your statement even have a point?

Posted by amin81.nl on (March 16, 2014, 20:48 GMT)

@the_predator- I think u r a good cricket follower. I like ur comment. Well this game was important for bd to b safeside for WCT20 main event. If u have seen the comments before the game, u can see why bd fans r celebreting this win, given to the Asia cup's upset game against Afg. Well, I love to read comments and used to follow. I like ur's one. If u believe in cricket, u have to say it, these days is very much not for granted. We know how better the SL/Pak/Ind r. well, Bd is not tooooooo far. Regarding comment's from bd cricketer's. FYI, please read the spech from AFG captain n coach before the match. Those were teasing... Sakib said only the truth, which is normally observed from the paper based. Nothing harsh, honestly. Bd heard such comments from Sir S.R. Tendulkar when Bd was all-out for 160+ in ODI WC, from Shehwag on a occasion even some others. It's not a harsh voice, it's truth ans throughing challange. Simple. Best of luck to everybody.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (March 16, 2014, 20:38 GMT)

I would like to once again congratulate BD on a fantastic performance today. However, they should be very careful now after Nepal's brilliance against HK. BD should not underestimate the Nepali team. Nepal have some decent batsmen and bowlers. Even their fielding is above average. So BD must put in one more good performance against Nepal and then they are into the Super 10 round. To the Afghanistan team, all I can say is keep learning and work on that attitude. Presence of mind is vital in cricket, more so in a prestigious world tournament like this. Good luck.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 20:33 GMT)

Finally a wonderful game we have enjoyed by our Bangladeshi cricketer's... thank you all...

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 20:32 GMT)

@vkias : Why do you have to wait for other team to lose to have some pleasure? Are you really that frustrated about your home track bully hahha.

Posted by Salkhan10 on (March 16, 2014, 19:57 GMT)

Congrats bangladesh on the excellent performance in all three departments of the game against Afghanistan. Keep it up. Don't get carried away with ecstasy. Nepal is not a pushover as is evident from their performance against Honk kong. Just keep in mind that the whole of bangladesh is impatiently looking forward to seeing you in the 2nd round. Just think what will happen to them in case you let them, a tournament where the host country is absent in the main tournament. I just dread the scenario. Bottomline, keep your feet on the ground. You can certainly make it.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 19:56 GMT)

Match is over. For t20, any one can be the king!!! But dear Afgan fans, learn some behavior in the field first.. then come to play!!

Posted by Bengali-Tiger007 on (March 16, 2014, 19:53 GMT)

Bye Bye Afghans. Makesure you guys visit the duty free malls on your way out. Thanks for coming!!!!

Posted by METALMONSTER on (March 16, 2014, 19:50 GMT)

Looks like some people(guess which ones?!) are relying on other nations to give BD a hard time. It really shows their mindset towards their own team, doesn't it? I rest my case.

Posted by BD_CricFan on (March 16, 2014, 19:46 GMT)

Congratulations Bangla Tigers! You played like one today with the right balance of cool head and aggression. You've done justice to your talent and the endless passionate support of millions of fans around the world. We would like to see this kind of spinning pitch for all the BD games in this tournament. Please don't take any opponent lightly, do your home work and always remember you're playing for Bangladesh. Go Bangla Tigers \*

Posted by Nasim_Ahmed on (March 16, 2014, 19:24 GMT)

@ the_predator: BD don't claim they are better than SA/Aus/SL/Pak, we only reject the common snobbery of some of the comment-makers here that BD never stand a chance to fight against any of them or that they don't belong to mature cricket etc. The great players you mentioned, we acknowledge them too and would very much like to see their encounters against key players of other teams including BD (last time I checked BD didn't lag far behind). Of course we didn't like some attitude of the Afghan players but so was for Shakib who got punished heavily as well- so what's up with that? Thanks for the complements. Cheers...

Posted by BangladeshCricketTigers on (March 16, 2014, 19:17 GMT)

haha Daud and vkias we understand about your pain bro. We did not even forget Saeed Anwar's 194 humiliation Against India nor we did forget about some gilchrist's humiliation against India... I dont understand why people dare even compare between BD and Afghan...do afghan even think that they will thrash New Zealand 10-0 in their home ground even in their swetest dreams? Do they even think to draw the series against SL in SL? Do they ever think to bowled out West Indies for 61 as a revenge and win the series against them? if you do then you guys are simply out of sense. hehe. Bd and India are very closer in quality. I dont think India can even compete Australia,South Afriza,Pakistan,West Indies, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, England outside their homeground. It is a proven fact my friends. So bd and Ind are very close in quality. :)

Posted by Dipu18 on (March 16, 2014, 19:12 GMT)

Beating Afghanistan by huge margin Bd gave Ind-Pak-Sl & Afg fans a good lesson who was barking here-in cricinfo for last two days.

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (March 16, 2014, 19:05 GMT)

@predator: Mate! why don't you watch that recent Ban-Pak game and see how our Shakib and Rahim tonked your youngster Ajmal :) Even in that 11 test series our batsman can easily handle your Ajmal. Ajmal is a top class spinner no doubt but best spinners don't need spinning conditions to succeed. Spin is Bangladesh's strength. Ask Shakib who always thrashes your spinners in all forms. Check the stats on Cricinfo itself.

Posted by Nasim_Ahmed on (March 16, 2014, 19:01 GMT)

@ Dhutugemunu: Take your subjective conclusion on Ban and Zim as labeling them as 'Semi-Test' nations, if there is any such distinctions, on the ground of 'Less experience', 'Inability to win against Top teams' or 'Low ranked'. Not that BD or Zim don't want to play with the associates. Please answer these- 1. How can a team be experienced if so called top teams, after acknowledging them as test team like themselves never play with them except in world cups? 2. Which of the top teams have Zim or BD been unable to win against or often give proper fight against? 3. Is it fair to judge a pool of teams with ranking if there is no equity in the number of matches or randomness of encounters? You know how the ranking works, right? If 'top teams' keep to play only among themselves in plenty they'll never come down from top ranks no matter how many matches they loose. Bottom teams only have real chance to improve their ranking by defeating a top team that are too reluctant to play a match.

Posted by Faisal_Apurbatech on (March 16, 2014, 19:00 GMT)

The attitude of afghan players were too rude in the field. It's not football or baseball where you can show your muscles, its cricket a gentleman game brother. I think bomb/grenade is more suitable to you rather cricket bowl/bat.

Posted by vkumar_086 on (March 16, 2014, 18:53 GMT)

@ DauD..awesome statement...yes i agree completely with you....you must have seen that watson's innings of 185....

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 18:50 GMT)

The word 'revenge' was a slip of the tongue from Mashfiqur. Everyone knows there is a tremendous amount of affection and love for this young Afghan team in Bangladesh. So many of their upcoming stars play in the domestic Dhaka league. For a new team, one cannot ask for better international exposure. Our own players never enjoyed that luxury. I am sure Mushy regrets every word from the interview. But let's not forget, he is only a cricketer and a good one at that. Don't hang him for a slip of the tongue or a careless mistake. Go Tigers!

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 18:32 GMT)

test playing nation like bangladesh and zimbabwe have to give the exam in a qualifier round is it a joke ? if ICC think better team to find for their super 10 ....... they can think in such a manner like 6 team confirmed and other 4 will have to pass the qualifier ......... even why bangladesh have to play in qualifying round ? coz WCT20 is being held in our country ......... no excuse ........ ICC will have to answer it

Posted by ujan.s on (March 16, 2014, 18:23 GMT)

i know judging a whole bunch depending on the inappropriate behavior of a person or two doesn't really make sense at all! but what some of the afghan players did today was totally uncalled for...im sorry to say the respect i had towards this afghani cricket team is thrown out the window! at the back of yor mind u always have to remember what your true abilities are! striking up a fight with opponents too big for u always ends up in a misery like today's!

Posted by slackers11 on (March 16, 2014, 18:23 GMT)

Seeing the way how Nepal played and knowing how Bangladesh generally play, it wont be a big surprise if Nepal beats Bangladesh and qualifies to play against the bigger teams...

Posted by G.F.Hamim on (March 16, 2014, 18:19 GMT)

@ Sabin Bati, yes, Bangladeshi I'd never expect, even in my worst dream, that Bangladesh is losing to Nepal. But I watched Shakti's bowling today in TV. He has superbly bowled today against HK. Spin bowling would be a deciding factor in this tournament due to spin-friendly pitch condition. In that case, Nepal has a chance to show some mettle this time. But Bangladesh's has some world class spin bowlers like Shakib, Razzak. Anyways, good luck to our Nepalese friends and fans.

Posted by TheRisingTeam on (March 16, 2014, 18:16 GMT)

Mushfiq wanted REVENGE but instead he got REVENGE and a HALF. Excellent all-round display by Bangladesh team. Bowled well, fielded well and batted well so thoroughly deserved the win. Great support as well today! good luck for next matches.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 18:13 GMT)

welldone BANGLADESHI TIGERS, this is the starting- it will end in the final :)

Posted by the_predator on (March 16, 2014, 18:09 GMT)

BD is no doubt a good team (in spiining tracks), but why BD fans are celebreting a WIN against AFGANs? I can understand the revenge aspect, but calling afgans miniow, is not right. quality wise BD also is FAR behind teams like SA/AUS/PAK. Guys its just because AFGANs were blind against SPIN BD won. this wont happen against SL,PAK,IND. Against these teams, the bowlers that you think to be hunting tigers will be a the taget themselves.Do you think a MS dhoni or a UMAR AKMAL or a afridi or a virat kholi will play like AFGANs? in last ASIA cup even your spinners did not get past AN AFRIDI, An inexperianced INDIAN line up. And spinners in these teams are equally and more skillful than BD spinners. if a inexperianced shenwari gets the turn he got, think what SAEED AJMAL can do? also i can see BD fans are bashing AFGAN plyers for bad behavior. really? did you not watch what sakib did on camera? these are worse than that? anyway Enjoy your well deserved victory, good luck to you people.

Posted by KingME on (March 16, 2014, 18:08 GMT)

@Sabin Bati Best of luck mate! I hope you'll be here after the game.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 17:53 GMT)

Desperately waiting for Nepal vs Bangladesh match. Its the first ever match of nepal against a test playing nation. We hope to make a history by defeating a test playing nation on Tuesday.

Posted by crazycricketfan4life on (March 16, 2014, 17:48 GMT)

The win today was relieving for me being a Bangladeshi Cricket Fan and I personally could not stomach Bangladesh getting out in the World T20 this soon and also to lose to Afghanistan twice in a matter of two weeks at home. However, this Afghan team, despite this performance today, has really captured the imagination of the entire cricketing world with their amazing story. People of Afghanistan, please do not lose hope on your cricket team. I can tell you, from my experience as a fan of the BD team, that days such as this will happen but there will also be days that make you proud of your cricket team. They do have problems in batting but I think those problems are more centered around strategy than application which will get better with experience. The team possesses a fine bowling attack which can stand on it's own besides their more high-profile neighbors and has the ability to challenge them in years to come. Best of wishes from an impressed and admiring neighbor in Bangladesh.

Posted by G.F.Hamim on (March 16, 2014, 17:44 GMT)

As a Bangladeshi- I'm happy with my team's win. But I appreciate the Afghans for their recent performance. It was bad day today for them, but hoping they'd be soon another cricketing power in South Asia. All the best, the brave heart Afghans!

Posted by Dhutugemunu on (March 16, 2014, 17:34 GMT)

@ Nasim_Ahmed; Take your point (1) "Both Zimbabwe and Bangladesh never had fair amount of T20 cricket against other test nations to settle in the T20 ranking in the first place." That's why Zim and BD have to play with other Associates. Both these Semi-Test nations (BD and Zim) have similarities with Associates. Less experience. Inability to win against Top teams. Low ranked.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 17:15 GMT)

Except for matches vs BD, I would really like to keep cheering for the Afghans. So it would be good to see Nabi keeping his boys humble. All the best Afghanistan (from Bangladesh).

Posted by wapuser on (March 16, 2014, 16:54 GMT)

I m very sad about my country's team Afghanistan...their batting side is 2 weak...

Posted by Cricsnake on (March 16, 2014, 16:52 GMT)

Congrats BD for the huge victory. Bangla boys played brilliantly. A lot of hard work & hunger for a win at home made the tigers ferocious. They took the much needed "revenge". Sadly an off day for Afghanistan. But expect much strong comeback from them for the next matches. Afghans too might be dangerous in the near future with their strong fast bowling unit. The thing I don't understand is why BD team is this much harsh on poor Afghans? What's the reason behind this rivalry? Anyway good Luck to both teams for T20 WC from SL.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 16:50 GMT)

That will be a disappointing outing for Afghanistan, obviously, but they are a far better team than what they showed today. What frustrates me though is that they leave their best batsmen down the order and just put in sloggers at the top. You can't afford to do that when you go up a class like they are doing here. I'd much rather see their best players going in early and building innings, even if they don't always post big scores it has to be a much better formula then the swing and hope method we saw today. They have the bowling attack to defend scores but they really need to give them the chance by being more consistent with the bat.

Posted by Nasim_Ahmed on (March 16, 2014, 16:47 GMT)

(1) Both Zimbabwe and Bangladesh never had fair amount of T20 cricket against other test nations to settle in the T20 ranking in the first place. (2) The very format of this tournament ensures that the associates practically can only have qualified for the WC qualifying round!?! (3) Only two 'lower' of the test nations in to the qualifying groups ensures that only BD and Zim (step-brothers to so called big teams) risk the humility of an upset from an associate despite the fact that T20 formats bear more 50-50 chances than any other formats. (4) Even in the main round the 'big' team gets more chances to advance to next level given that one get to play 4 games (instead of 3), and top 2 teams (instead of only 1) from each group of the so called 'super ten' qualifies for the semifinals...

So much for the glorious meritocracy of revamped cricket!!! That's why regardless of wins or loses or media propaganda against Bangladesh, I am proud of our Tigers' sporting spirit. Go tigers...

Posted by r0ketman on (March 16, 2014, 16:42 GMT)

@scarrule: First off, I did not mean disrespect towards NZ team, they are always one of my favourites. I was responding to someone who first said BD could never beat a top 8 team, then changed the tune to say NZ sent second string team. Kane was on the team, but got hurt, Ryder has had tragedies and issues for sometime now, and I am happy to see him back, but not having him on the team can not make it a second string team as he was banned from the sport almost up until the series. Only Guptil didn't travel to BD tour. Guptil's absense does not make NZ a second string team. I have no doubt BD will find it very difficult, if not almost impossible to beat NZ in their own yard, just like India found out recently. My argument was about BD's improvement, and the fact that they can give good teams a run for their money, definitely in our own back yard. I would love to see Tamim play against Mline, he is not a terrible player of swing bowling, and the contest will be fun to watch.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 16:36 GMT)

Great work BD, best of luck for the main round of WC T20 :-) From Pakistan

Posted by TigerRoars on (March 16, 2014, 16:32 GMT)

Very poor attitude and sportsmanship shown by AFG today. I was very happy to see their rise in cricket. But, I like teams and players with the right attitude. If this continues, no more support for the AFG team from me.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 16:25 GMT)

Difference in quality showed .......

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 16:11 GMT)

@gavin parys please don't comment without minimum general knowledge. we bangladesi people have long term memory..we win series against WI,whitewash NZ in home,draw against SL in Srilanka... in recent time.pl comment after knowing everything.and we are not looking for world cup..we want to enjoy this tournament.

Posted by cheguramana on (March 16, 2014, 16:11 GMT)

Congrats Bangladesh !! well played and hope you guys do well in the tournament. After all, you do have the home ground advantage, so make it count ! this is from an Indian fan. A few words on some BD fans comments - why the enormous chip on shoulder ?? instead of trying to strike back at each and word - just enjoy your team's success !

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 16:09 GMT)

I watched the game and im from Pk well that was a good come back by Bd.. Shakib is responsible player and he always does well in ground with bat n ball both.. so far Bd did not have luck with playing t20s but i suppose this time they're looking consistent.. they have plenty of spinners who know how to put strings around some quality batsman.. i hope they play a fair game this time with having the advantage of home ground even.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 16:08 GMT)

At last BD registered a Win. It is their nature that they win 1 match out of 20 r 25. So I guess we can't see any more BD win until next WC.

Posted by class9ryan on (March 16, 2014, 16:05 GMT)

The only thing I found a bit awkward was Anamul's yelling at the end of the game. Most of the BD fans will agree the Bangladesh's real test will come up against higher ranked sides and I think Anamul was very complacent - should learn a word or two from Mushfiqur.

Posted by vkumar_086 on (March 16, 2014, 16:04 GMT)

If Bangla team get one thrash from any other 8 teams....the fans who are in hallucination will come to normal stage....surely they will get it within next week....Australia will be the best team to give it....still i remember the batting of Watson in Bangladesh, clobbered 15 sixes within 30 odd overs...waiting for such kind of tharsh

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 15:55 GMT)

well done tigers,you are excellent in bowling, fielding and batting today you guys done the job properly.best wishes for upcoming match.and it is really unexpected from Afghans team the way they behave today.

Posted by sumit1982 on (March 16, 2014, 15:53 GMT)

I think it harsh to say afghan minnows they are never used to play in spinning track they are used to play in cement wicket pitch in their home .I think in coming 4 to 5 year if afghan team play with the subcontinent reserve team in regular basis it will certainly help the style of playing. Same formula apply to other newcomers from Asian continent .

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (March 16, 2014, 15:48 GMT)

Just sour grapes from critics of BD that have been saying Afghanistan will knock Bangladesh out lol cannot even get the basics of predictions right lol brilliant crowd and brilliant performance by Bangladesh enough said.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 15:44 GMT)

Lately Indians are not winning anything..0 win against top 8 in twelve matchs.. so they have nothing to do other than coming here and spare foul anti-BD comment.

India may win against BD in super10 but will lose against all other 3 teams. in fact against Pakistan they will fail to score 100 runs. they lost to Pakistan even in their own backward last year.. ha ha ha..

Posted by Dhutugemunu on (March 16, 2014, 15:40 GMT)

Congratz BD for the first International win in 2014 after loosing 10 and being win-less for 11, and for the win after 10 consecutive World T20 loses. This might guarantee a spot for BD in Super 10.

Posted by METALMONSTER on (March 16, 2014, 15:30 GMT)

Like I said, James blunt won't be singing anymore :-).

Looks like some people(Know what I mean?!) are really hurt that BD thrashed afgans today.Well my friends ...... I can assure u more disappointments.

The game has just started. TIGERS seems to be really hungry. Who's next?

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (March 16, 2014, 15:26 GMT)

So the Afghan lost to us I dont see many Afghan fans complaining about it. In fact if they had I'd have understood as it is their team. However so many Indian here turn up with their bleeding heart haha and saying how bad we are etc. My question is if you really think we are bad fairi enough but then why do you have to come here and comment about us after a match against an Associates? See thats the problem of being narrow minded people. Its because you always want others to fail whenever someone doesn't fail you cant just accept it and start crying about it lol. Some Indian fan just said we beat a second string NZ team. Really? You got whitewashed by the same team haha. Im not saying we are better than anyone but before these people make such comments they should at least get their facts right

Posted by scarrule on (March 16, 2014, 15:16 GMT)

@Roketman NZ is india in there home conditions. Yes it was 2nd string team of our. There was no jesse ryder, guptill or williamson. I would really like bangladesh to tour NZ. Adam milme on green top ( world's fastest bowler right now clocking 150+kmph) to bowl at tamim and look at his expression while the ball swings. Newzealand might be weak in sub-continent but in southern hemisphere they are a force to reckon with. NZ have defeated aussies in their own backyard, SA. NZ is a new team and with time they will be a force to reckon with and atm they are far better than BD.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 15:14 GMT)

Best of luck to Afgans, but your team needs humility first, which bangladesh has shown always. I wish you were in another group... then it could have been much easier for you. But Seeing Nepal's passion and character in the field, I wish nepal wins against HK and Afgans. BD, Nepal & Afgan- all should improve further and dominate their presence in intl. cricket.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 15:09 GMT)

Dear Afgans, please don't get hurt by some of hour ppl'z comments ..a bad day can be very bad like this..surely they will come up strong and continue to rise - love from a Bangladeshi here................... On the other thank you BD team I am happy not because we beat Afgan ( it is expected because of experiences) BUT I'm happy the way we beat ..we needed our confidence back, so it helped. .. I am so happy to see other Asian team performance like Nepal just scored almost 150. Good Luck All.

Posted by byc89 on (March 16, 2014, 15:04 GMT)

Yes we have been playing for more than 70 years but your country was also a part of it. It was just that after separation, your country did not got recognized due to obvious reasons. I thank you for uploading these stats related to Bangladesh team as i was not knowing in details about them and i am sure many other fans of other teams may also not have known these stats. I know that Bangladesh is a competitive team at least on its soil and also, this is a T-20 tournament where no team can be taken lightly. I did not mean to hurt Bangladesh's fans sentiment here but it was just that i was not knowing about the stats you shared.

Posted by Arif.rusho_dhaka on (March 16, 2014, 15:01 GMT)

I am writing here to some Indians or whoever I don't know like vikas and king of ravanna: Pls just keep quiet now. Who asked you to give the comments. What India will do just think about that and pray. not commenting anything right or wrong for Bangladesh. We the Bangladeshis r very passionate about the Cricket and we love our cricketers very much. Now comments anything about them is not wrong. What Afgan fan hve done few days back that was not also right. even AFG capt. Mr. Nabi told the media that they are very stronger team than Bangladesh. Morever wht their players did on fielding time that was very shameful. Tamim is a very senior player and whole world know about him. number 10 player of AFG directly hit the ball to Tamim, that was not good anymore. So I just want to say to all the fans of the teams please respect all then you also get the same respect.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 15:00 GMT)

Any chance for Afghanistan to qualify for the super 10s?

Posted by asadc2003 on (March 16, 2014, 14:59 GMT)

nothing to be happy beating afganistan. the way we lost against afganistan in asia cup nothing can Compensate not even if bd will beat afgan in next 20 matches consecutively......but honestly we can beat the top team and can loose to the bottom team as well in any given day ...........totally unpredictable ..............

Posted by wapuser on (March 16, 2014, 14:54 GMT)

Lolz now BD fans going to think they going to win the world cup. Hahahahha. I think people in BD have short term memory. They probably forgot the ass whopping from SL during SL tour then..then Asia cup, which they didn't win a single game....

Posted by siddhartha87 on (March 16, 2014, 14:46 GMT)

hopefully Mushfiqur does not throw the ball to Reza when the likes of Gayle or Watson is batting.

Posted by TowfiqueToronto on (March 16, 2014, 14:43 GMT)

@Asgar.Ali: A true BD fan won't comments like this. I gues you are not from BD.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 14:43 GMT)

Well played the Bangladesh. The crowd was amazing. This shows the passion and love of BD people for cricket. Its sad to see the attitude and behavior of the afgan players. Anyways best of luck to Afghanistan for their upcoming matches :)

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 14:39 GMT)

As a Bangladeshi I'm really embarrassed by some fellow's comment. Why do you people call Afghans minnows? Don't we get hurt when other top ranked countries call us minnows? So, please never mention it again. They are an associate country in cricket and they are improving rapidly. Never forget we were once in their level. I want more countries to play cricket in the top flight be them Afghans, Irish or dutch.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 14:29 GMT)

We'll done Bd team for a massive win. It will give the team enough confidence to play with better teams. They really showed today how to play with an associate team as 9 wicket win just thrashed Afghanistan !!! It is true that they have been beaten by Afghanistan few days ago in ODI but Bd is better team in ODI rather than T20. I would expect Bd team to show mature mentality for rest of the games and showed those associates the real difference !!' Well done Afghanistan to win against bd but I would say it is still too early to expect win against Bd always.

Posted by vkumar_086 on (March 16, 2014, 14:27 GMT)

After seeing these comments...it seems Bangla fans overrated their team for just one win against associate team....yes i expected this on yesterday only.... i didnt observe such comments from Afghan fans when Afghanistan beat BD in Asia cup.....i think this is the first win of Bangla in T20 world cup since from 2007 (after 7 years)

Posted by TowfiqueToronto on (March 16, 2014, 14:15 GMT)

To All BD haters: Before match with AfG you sd BD can't go to the main stage, now after trashing AFG, you are saying BD can't even win a single match with top 8 team. What problem you guys have with BD!!

Posted by r0ketman on (March 16, 2014, 14:09 GMT)

@vkias: and you must also be forgetting WI team bundled out for 79 runs in Chittagong to the same BD team. It happens in cricket. In 1974, when India was the number 1 test side (allegedly), they bundled out in 44 runs in England during a test match. What is your point exactly?

Posted by r0ketman on (March 16, 2014, 14:06 GMT)

@vkias: Define second string? Who was misusing from NZ team, and please don't say Vettori, who has played maybe one game for NZ since 2011 WC. This is the "exact" same team that just beat India. Did they send second string team 3 years ago too when they lost 4-0? NZ must have liking for being whitewashed in BD if they keep sending second string teams, over and over to BD to lose again, and again.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 14:05 GMT)

well. but the way afgan play they like to fight. its too bad really disappointed. they need too learn more. ...

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 14:05 GMT)

@asgar.Ali please never say something like that. Afg sayed the same thing and today we saw what happend with them. If we win then everyone can see it,dont try to be overconfident.. please

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (March 16, 2014, 14:04 GMT)

Anamul Haque is some talent. I strongly urge management to help him learn on his weaknesses so he can thrive as a batsman and become the best batsman in our team. He is obviously the most impressive in terms of talent for Bangladesh. Scoring a 100 against a Pakistani attack at 21 says a lot. Bangladesh just need to improve on their bowling especially pacers where I have to admit Afghanistan easily surpass us now.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 14:03 GMT)

Afghan needs to learn how to hold the bat. I have seen their batting before but the reality is the way they are holding the bat is is like holding the broom. Make a stadium and learn from the superiors. One or two win does not make any difference. Afghans are 50 yrs behind main format cricket. Afghan Folks learn cricket properly.

Posted by pyro79 on (March 16, 2014, 13:58 GMT)

now this is a serious upset...i got to say this..

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 13:58 GMT)

It looks like a lot of people comments here nonsense regularly. To win against an associate member should not be celebration according to some, same people will have their hearts burn , and talk, talk, talk if a full member of ICC loses to an associate. So please comment responsibly , and try to be neutral and fair while still you are a fan.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 13:57 GMT)

Congrats Bangladesh Cricket Team.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 13:56 GMT)

Afghanistan outclass in all the department by bangla, they done a great job keep it up.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 13:54 GMT)

Congratulations Tigers. This is your status and this is also the status of Afghanis. Good luck for next game.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 13:53 GMT)

@Vkias, if you have the information about cricket then just know that the NZ was a full strength team for both the times. And you are talking about 58, every team has its lowest score. See for the giant teams too. And for your information, BD was a asian runner up as well. You afhgans have only bad temper. If u saw the match then u know how your players behave.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 13:50 GMT)

Nicely done by the boys. Mash bhai setup the tempo from the first ball nicely and the rest followed. Razzak bhai seems to be back in good form Alhamdulillah. Let's keep it up and make it through.

Posted by burnt_cow on (March 16, 2014, 13:50 GMT)

Anamul needs to learn the attitude and keep head cool. he struggled to make room for 1 and 2's once again. Tamim showed mature attitude today. If they can continue bowling like this Group B is going to be the death group for sure. Aus might be weak in terms spin but they are really a confident team now and with Hodge's experience in BD , firepower of warner, finch,bailey, white , watto ,maxwell they will keep others at bay. Pak is weaker in batting but with Spin they can be very dangerous. Ind has in form Jadeja and kohli. But they need to MSD and yuvraj in for to do something real big. WI looks like the best in the mix. Narine, Badree's spin. All rounder like samy, bravo, russell, samuels, smith, Rampaul with new ball and add Gayle with that in the top order. BD's spin and in form shakib, mushfiq , Tamim along with young guns like Anamul and Shabbir can win against anyone in their day. Eagerly waiting for the super 10 group B matches.

Posted by ShafkatRabby on (March 16, 2014, 13:45 GMT)

Afgan fans@you guys said lot before match...your win against(BD) us in asia cup was just a fluke...just be strong enough by playing with associate nations for another 5-6 yrs,,then come back to us to compete....be mature....

Posted by r0ketman on (March 16, 2014, 13:43 GMT)

@byc89: hmmm, and you are asking about away wins, being an Indian? You can't be serious! Your team just lost almost all the away matches to NZ just after BD thrashed them at home too! What is your point? Your statement was BD would not register a single win against a top 8 team, you did not qualify home or away. BD won a 5 match ODI series against WI, just after WI won the last T20 WC, beat NZ 4-0 and 3-0 against in the last two bilateral ODI series, beat SL in an ODI in SL. Granted we do no have the same record as India, but how long did it take India to win it's first overseas match? You guys have had 70 more years than BD to get to where You are at now. Stating that BD won't win a single match against a top 8 team is facetious at best.

Posted by lionslanka on (March 16, 2014, 13:43 GMT)

Our next mission to throw out IND-PAK from the league phase. Beware all of you!! We will be d first team to reach semis of this T20 W/C.

Posted by lightOj on (March 16, 2014, 13:40 GMT)

This match is over now. BD played really well and they got the prize. It is really good to see them back in the track where they left vs NZ. Their bowling was very good though pitch helped them a lot.Fielding was excellent and batting was matured.

As for Afghanistan, their batting today was gibberish. They have a good bowling line. But batting is real concern for them. It was like they had no plan or just underestimating BD bowlers. Whatever happened just happened, it is time now for them to learn from their mistakes and go for the future. They have some exciting name in their nes like Nabi, Shapoor etc. If they utilize themselves well they will be much more exciting team than now they are. It will be good for asian cricket it they do well. Best wishes for them. Hope they do well in next games. As for my previous comment, it is painful to see some fans getting over excited or sensitive. I am a fan of SA. But I love to see BAN boys doing well.

Posted by burnt_cow on (March 16, 2014, 13:39 GMT)

cool down BD fans. When BD lost in Asia cup and against SL , you were slamming the captain and team. Now, you are acting like world champions, calling AFG minnows. I don't see any difference between uncouth Aus, Ind fans and you guys. AFG is just an associate team not Aus. Talking about cricket, AFG has lot office promise like BD had in late 90's , they beat Pak in WC which was just an upset. They needed to work hard to beat team like NZ,SL in regular basis. similarly, AFG should accept that Asia cup win against BD was just an upset against a weaken team ( key players missing , wrong decisions from umpires) and work hard to improve. Most importantly, cricket is more mental then physical game. The way the AFG players reacted on field should have been proper if their performance were the same. When you play foolish shot at 1st delivery and zip your mouth and think about own mistake not engage on sledging before 1st delivery office the opponent.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 13:37 GMT)

afganistan fan overrated their players and team . They should understand its long way to go for them . before this match afgan player talking about bd like they are facing an weak opponents . even their coach are talking in same language . one or two win doesn't make u superior . player attitudes to change as well . Good luck for them .

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 13:36 GMT)

vkias, NZ were only without Guptill. Losing one player doesn't make a team second string. If it did then BD were without their best player Shakib. That means BD were second string as well.

Posted by Ruhel420 on (March 16, 2014, 13:35 GMT)

Afgans lost all the respect today. Yes,they are improving.but what they did today to players like SHAKIB,TAMIM who are top in the world cricket was so unexpected!!! Dear Afgans with due respect I wanna remind that 'cricket is a gantlemen game.. .. And finally wanna say ''being confident is good,but not overconfident'' best of luck Afgans! And ofcource ''SHBAS TIGERS"

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 13:32 GMT)

proud of you,my Tigers.still a long way to go.show the world who we really are.

Posted by TowfiqueToronto on (March 16, 2014, 13:28 GMT)

Daud D, Before this match you sd Afganistan is better team than BD. Now you are saying David warner will alone enough to wind against BD. We never said BD is better than Aussie. So shut ur mouth and enjoy the game. I know your heart is hurting to see bd winning.

Posted by bangladesh_blaster on (March 16, 2014, 13:27 GMT)

Bangladesh will be on the toughest group with India, Pak, Australia and WI. But in a way that is good as this will keep the adrenalin going. I believe Bangladesh will be able to make it to semis, if they can truly believe in themselves, and after that who knows.

Posted by mainul079080 on (March 16, 2014, 13:25 GMT)

Where are those over the moon afgan fans and BD haters from India, Srilanka?I am very happy that Bangladesh brought them under ground in no time. Look now,this is the real difference between Afganistan and Bangladesh. I previously was saying repeatedly that Bangladesh's loss to them in Asia cup was a major upset, not the true reflection.But this is only beginning. Bangladesh has to go a long way and i have always strong faith on their ability.

Posted by vkumar_086 on (March 16, 2014, 13:22 GMT)

@Kazi Ali Tamaddun....Bangla whitewashed the second string NZ side....you are forgetting the way WI bundled out Bangla inside 20 overs for mere 58 runs in the same ground in 2011 worldcup....this is the problem with Bangla fans and players....they celebrate the win against associate country like champions....still long way to go in the tournament....time only decides who are the better teams and why

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 13:21 GMT)

sometime someone needs a motivations and losing to a proper well organized team isn't bad thing at all. they Afghan should take notes where they went wrong n hopefully they win against others well. but glad bd showed hpw they should have played in first place. hopefully Afghan fan can keep quiet n talk about how weak their team is:D

Posted by RuhulChowdhury on (March 16, 2014, 13:17 GMT)

@HatersAreOrdinary, Thanks for your kind advise dude but no thanks I dont need(or shall I say 'wanna') to look up for the meaning of outplayed.

Posted by Biggus on (March 16, 2014, 13:15 GMT)

@lightOj:- Mate, they're pretty harsh words. Why call the Afghan fans arrogant? As a neutral observer (I'm Australian) I think most of their comments have been pretty humble in the articles I've seen. The worst comments don't seem to come from the Afghanis but from fans of other countries who have a axe to grind. What a shame so many fans like to go on and on about which teams play like gentlemen and which don't and forget to act like gentlemen themselves.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 13:14 GMT)

Don't be over excited and disrespectful to oppent...pride is always dengerous. We the BD fans have to behave ourselves like srilankans....BTW better luck next time Afgans....

Posted by lightOj on (March 16, 2014, 13:14 GMT)

@Sachin Joshi, Brother keep it down! If you did not see any arrogant AF fans then I am sorry to say you did not read the match preview. I would suggest you, go there and read some comments from AF fans. They were behaving like they had become giant by defeating BD in just one game. But BD also beat AUS , that does not make them better than AUS. BD is improving accept it or not. But AF are still a lot way to go to reach BD level as BD is still a lot way to go to reach at 'top ranked' level.

Posted by British_North_America on (March 16, 2014, 13:14 GMT)

slackers11 Yes, we are celebrating because we haven't forgotten what you people commented about us before the match.

Posted by byc89 on (March 16, 2014, 13:12 GMT)

@roketman...also explain how many matches they won away from home? BTW, i am an Indian.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 13:12 GMT)

@Nas Afg. BD hasn't even existed for 50 years.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 13:09 GMT)

Well played Afghanistan ...... long way to go though.... but I think top ranked teams, specially the big 3 should help Afghanistan by making regular tours to Afghanistan. This way Afghan players will learn more and more about cricket. This is a skilled sports, not a war. They are talented, but it is raw....... It will be great to see Afghanistan playing a test in Afghanistan against Australia/England.

Posted by Bdcricketdebator on (March 16, 2014, 13:06 GMT)

I hope the dissapionting times are over of the last few days.i really think bd can do well against aussie and other top teams.to afghans -dont get too frausteted after this crushing defeat.i think you will be good side after next 10 years.chears.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 13:05 GMT)

Better team won and great show of strength by tigers. Keep it up TIGERS! We want see good cricket and result will follow automatically.

AFG ... good luck for the rest of the games.

Posted by RuhulChowdhury on (March 16, 2014, 13:04 GMT)

@Sachin Joshi, you havent seen any Afghan fans bashing BD or BD fans? I will tell why mate, because it is fans from other countries such as yourself is doing a fine job by ridiculing and bashing BD and its fans. BD lost all the Asia cup matches comfortably? Dude, which Asia cup were you watching! Against Lanka we lost in last over, Pak won a losing match thanks to a legend called Shaid Afridi and against Afghan BD lost because of being overconfident and not having a few crucial players(thats not an excuse to lose again an inexperienced but talented Afghan side BTW). Stop being a hater and learn to appreciate other cricketing nations and their fans. There are good apples and bad apples everywhere and cricket fans are no different. Maybe a few BD fans commented childishly but that doesnt make all the BD fans rude and arrogant.

Posted by Jugur on (March 16, 2014, 12:59 GMT)

I don't think it is necessary to discourage Afghan team by calling minnows or such. As far as Afghanistan's performance is concerned, they needed proper planning. It seemed like Afghan batsmen didn't take Bangladesh's bowling seriously at first, and tried to whack it from the first bowl. In the end they only managed 4 or 5 decent shots in 17 overs. However, most cricketers know it takes time to build a good cricket team and I sincerely hope Afghan team becomes strong in near future. As a Bangladeshi, I was glad to see tigers' performance today, specially in their fielding department. With two direct run outs and some good running catches, they were sharp, energetic and cohesive. If they keep up with this sort of fielding standard, they can compete with most top 8 teams. Good luck Tigers in your upcoming matches.

Posted by QTS_ on (March 16, 2014, 12:58 GMT)

@Soikot Bashar: it is very disrespectful to state that Afghanistan deserve not to be 'playing any kind of cricket' even if you only intended to tease Afghan fans. When people said the same about Bangladesh playing Tests (David Hookes 2003, Ponting 2006, etc.), they had to eat their words. So let us keep out attitudes dignified since our team has gone through tough times as well.

Posted by wapuser on (March 16, 2014, 12:57 GMT)

India and other subcontinent teams are minnows too against Australia.

Posted by HatersAreOrdinary on (March 16, 2014, 12:56 GMT)

congratulations bdtigers. still a long way to go. lets see how deep can we go into in this tournament :D

Posted by wapuser on (March 16, 2014, 12:55 GMT)

I'd say fast bowling is still a big concern for The Tigers.. But a good game after a long time since very close matches against the Lankans

Posted by wapuser on (March 16, 2014, 12:55 GMT)

Bd playing is playing more 50 years of cricket and comparing itself with new born Afghanistan cricket team is ridiculous. If bd thinks they are good enough they shouldn't be playing qualifying round.

Posted by MAN_AT_WORK on (March 16, 2014, 12:53 GMT)

Just wondering can Bangladesh get bonus points today win ?

Posted by QTS_ on (March 16, 2014, 12:52 GMT)

@Afghan fans: do not worry and keep improving. In several years time, you will probably have a competitive team that can bat well consistently and can challenge the four Asian giants, possibly setting up a rivalry with one or more (just as it has happened with Bangladesh). Imagine how exciting the World Cup and the Asia Cup are going to be then!

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 12:52 GMT)

earlier some afg fan commented that they will beat BAN like Asia Cup and will win T20 World cup. so AFG fun dont be to excite n dont be over confidence coz BD team is not a minor team so please say always positive words instead if negative.

Posted by lightOj on (March 16, 2014, 12:51 GMT)

@DauD_ Be cool, mate! Nobody here is comparing BD to AUS. Bangladesh is still weak without any doubt. But still they are much stronger than AF. They faced twice bfore asia cup and BD won both of them pretty comfortably like this one. Though they were not international standard but more or less these AF players played those match. So if u would like to compare, compare it as 3-1 to in favor of BD. However BD has still a long way to go to be counted as 'really strong' team though they were good against WI and NZ.But they are improving nonetheless .

As for AUS, I didn't want to mention but since you mentioned, will see how they perform against the likes of IND,PAK,SL and WI in this condition.

Posted by wapuser on (March 16, 2014, 12:51 GMT)

Winning and lossing is part of each other. experience come after loosing not after winning as Bangalise prove that. Afghanistan team is very new in this sport they need hard work and more experience.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 12:50 GMT)

asiacricket1234, you may have missed the arrogance displayed by the Afghans in the pitch! There is no room for arrogance in cricket. Remember, we were defeated by the West Indies by a huge margin. Did any of our players showed arrogance towards the opposite team members? I was utterly shocked to see the behavior of some Afghan players. Come on, chaps, you've just set foot on the soil of cricket. Have patience and keep on playing good cricket. Who knows, one day you may be the champs. Seriously, I did not expect Afghans would react like that.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 12:50 GMT)

Congrats Bangladesh but I am very much disappointed with the commentators and on their commentating style. May be Wasim and Sunil like Afganistan more but it is not fair at all to directly support one team live and all the time. From your commentary it seems like that Afganistan has played much better than Bangladesh and they have won the match ! When a very good ball by Bangladeshi bowler clearly missed by Afgani batsman was saying as a million dollar shot !!! And it was very taught for you both to announce any good thing about any Bangladeshi players. Actually you have shown lack of professionally today. You clearly know that Bangladesh can be a real threat for India and Pakistan but it does not means that you will hide the truth at all. Hope you will be more fair to the any team at least when commentating.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 12:50 GMT)

I am kinda shocked the way others have attacked BD cricket.i guess most of u who are posting comments are not upto date with cricket.BD dont accidentally win.they have beaten all the top teams even whitewashed a couple of them more than once.BD had a bad time this year but doesnt mean they cant beat any big team.BD whitewashed NZ last year and the same NZ team had beaten IND convincingly.

Posted by Badhan_Choudhury on (March 16, 2014, 12:49 GMT)

Well played Bangladesh........................................

Posted by HatersAreOrdinary on (March 16, 2014, 12:49 GMT)

@ruhul chowdhury you may wanna have a look on the dictionary bcoz you dont know what out played means. @cricinfo and @alltheafganfans did i not commented this is gonna be a one sided match and humiliating defeat for you guys. fluke doesnt occurs everyday. with full respect your team is even below par than our domestic league teams. but if the win in asia cup does help cricket to grow in your country then i am happy to loose that game. but dont be disrespectful. this not how you grow admirers. bd has got test status for over a decade now n only recently became competitive against top teams. but u dont even have test status n u act like u win this world cup. accept your limitations n be respectful to others. respect earn you respect! otherwise ppl will happily call you minnows. all the best for the future :)

Posted by tushar35 on (March 16, 2014, 12:48 GMT)

Looks like Afghanistan needs anger management. Cricket is a gentle men's game. You have to hold your nerve and act properly in the field. There were no lack of devotion, just lack of experience. Otherwise its a fun team to watch. Some players really have good potentials. Good luck on their next matches. AFG vs. HK will be a fun game to watch.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 12:48 GMT)

At last Bangladesh played like Tiger. Unfortunately We lost three very tight game against SL series, similarly we lost three more very close match in Asia cup also and finally lost by Afgan.............. so mentally players were very stressed . On the other hand Afgan was over confident, i think it was very usual for Afgan and i support the spirit of Afgan. Although they will learn a lot from this match and they come back in next match.

But Today's Tiger showed their power. Hope, in up coming matches Tiger will play very well.

I am very happy to see The Afgans in Cricket. They have some good players, specially bowling is good. But they have to improve day by day. Good luck Afgan.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 12:47 GMT)

Alhamdhullilah, we won thorough it!Its such a relief. but its really so ugly to see the way my fellow bd supporters are abusing the opponent. Whenever other supporters criticize our cricket, ask for taking away our test status we defend our team, but now we are doing the same thing to other team. supporters from other countries find it difficult to admit we are better than other associate countries,just let them think what they love to think. Lets just be humble at our winning moment. It speaks a lot about your character.

Posted by r0ketman on (March 16, 2014, 12:45 GMT)

@byc89: Really? BD had the second highest win percentage in ODIs in 2013 of all test playing nations (Won 5, every single win against top 8 teams, including an absolute thrashing of NZ), VS 3 losses. Only India had a better win/loss ratio. Go tell your opionion to someone who is ignorant about cricket, and may belive you!:-)

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 12:45 GMT)

very poor performance by Afgan TeaM. I hope they can play better. the worst part of the game is some of their players have shown very attacking mood in the field to BD players. that is not the reaL behavior of a cricketer. Any team can lose a game badly, but that does not mean u hav to hostile to others. In contrast Bangla teaM played very professionally. AnamuL is the future of BD for sure.

Posted by ovik on (March 16, 2014, 12:44 GMT)

please dont say AFG as minnows....we BD fans were very much angry hearing minnows....minnows...minnows.... we know how it feels.....AFG will do well in future....cheers For BD....

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 12:43 GMT)

Winning and losing are two parts of the game. A team will win and the other will lose in every game. A true fan always supports his team in both losing and winning.

We still love you Afghanistan Cricket Team! Keep playing!

Posted by slackers11 on (March 16, 2014, 12:42 GMT)

@abir rehman probably u have started watching cricket since last month, India has won test matches in every country...can't say the same thing about Bangladesh...lol

Posted by siddhartha87 on (March 16, 2014, 12:42 GMT)

@Ammo666 relax mate,they have only beaten Afghanistan . You should try to defend BD s test status only when they do good CONSISTENTLY against other test playing nation.On a lighter note BD is going to super 10 now,that means they just confirmed some proper spankings in future.

Posted by RuhulChowdhury on (March 16, 2014, 12:42 GMT)

Just realised my last comment was a bit one-sided(despite being a Bangladeshi myself). My intention never was to belittle Afghans or anyone in particular. BD players and fans must not get carried away by this win too. If BD qualify for the main draw then much more difficult challenges will be coming into their way. What BD can learn from today's game is to not to be over-confident, not to disrespect opposition, not to slog every single ball and keep a good standard in fielding. Bad days will come and other teams will outplay them but learn from mistakes and learn to appreciate oppositions. And lastly for Afghanistan, I wish them all the best and I hope Nabi can guide the hot-headed one's to stay calm and get the best out of them. They definitely are very talented side and have so much passion.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 12:40 GMT)

bangladesh completely damaged afganistan what everyone was expecting . Thanks to all players . Some ppl had a good lessw today . Now they will understand what is bangladesh . Afghanistan need long way to go . good luck for them .

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 12:40 GMT)

Winning and losing are two parts of the game. A team will win and the other will lose in every game. A true fan always supports his team in both losing and winning.

We still love you Afghanistan Cricket Team! Keep playing!

Posted by Ron79 on (March 16, 2014, 12:40 GMT)

Yes, Bangladesh played really well & showed why they are one of dangerous cricket team in the world. Where is nabi is better than sakib? ha ha ha? It can happens in cricket, sometimes minows can beat against good teams. So, i think afgan team & supporters learnt a good lesson & understand the reality that they have long road to walk before wanted to be a better team like Bangladesh?

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 12:38 GMT)

Mr. Daud understood why you feel so bad

Posted by thecutiepie on (March 16, 2014, 12:38 GMT)

Afghans should know the difference between test playing countries and non test playing countries. they are a team to watch out for but should keep their voice low and prove the talks in the field because you have a long way to go. Upsets will happen but don't consider them as you are a better team than BD. Nabi should learn to keeep their confidence at a level and not become too overconfident and teach your player some field courtesy.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 12:38 GMT)

obviously Afgn team is a minor one.They are crazy like and isn't deserve for playing any kind of cricket because it is the game of gentle man. shehzad, Nabi, d.zadran shoud be fined. Good luck for BD all over the WC. scold for AF because of their indecent behave.

Posted by slackers11 on (March 16, 2014, 12:38 GMT)

Bangladesh cricket seems to have hit such a low that they are celebrating a win over over Afghanistan.. funniest thing to have happened in recent times

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 12:38 GMT)

Happy to see my team BD gets back win. So wait Group B.

Posted by r0ketman on (March 16, 2014, 12:36 GMT)

Dear fellow BD fans, please refrain from trash talking about AFG team, and their fans. We have been in their situations many times in the past, and fairly recently as well, where we bundled out cheaply, lost matches we should have won, or failed to compete when we should have. AFG is an up and coming team, and their efforts should be supported, by all cricket fans, for the sake of the game. We should not cheer this win too much either, it was to be expected, given our experience, and exposure. Now to all the other non-Afgan BD haters who were praying for a BD loss, continue the prayer, but now maybe for your own team so they don't have to face this charged up Tigers in the round of 10! We will see you all, very soon, in the field, and let's see whose prayers get answered!:-)

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 12:34 GMT)

I dont want to say something against afg.they have been punished what they did.they should learn that cricket is a gentle game,there is no Place for arrogance.we never say that we knew it,we can beat afg easily.there is something afg has to learn is showing respect. I am happy for my Team! Alhamdulillah!

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (March 16, 2014, 12:34 GMT)

Congratulation Bangladesh. Really Glad that we won after a disastrous couple of months. Now we should keep our head down and keep working hard because we still have to win 2more matches to get in to qualify. Good Luck to our team. Although I'm happy with our performance I'm really shocked with the comments from some of my fellow Bangladeshis here. Why are you guys attacking Afghan fans? They wanted their team to win and there is nothing wrong with that. Don't we support our team when we are playing against a better team? Some of you guys talking like Indian fans. Whats wrong with you. Afghan is a new team and there is no shame for them to lose against a full member. They tried their best today and well done to them. Some of my Bangladeshi brother need to learn how to respect others and stop acting like our neighbours

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 12:33 GMT)

That's the way to WorlD T20 CUP... BD shoulD win by 10 wickets

Afgan players like shahzad, Dawlat have no cricketing spirit. Those are poor Laden guys

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 12:33 GMT)

lightOj, are you kidding me? I've yet to see any Afghan on this site that has seemed arrogant after their Asia Cup victory. It's Bangladeshi supporters like yourself that are being pompous about beating a lower-ranked team. If you really were as good a side as you think you are, you wouldn't have lost every single match in the Asia Cup, and losing each one of them quite comfortably too. Grow up. You're in no position to put down other teams.

Posted by RuhulChowdhury on (March 16, 2014, 12:32 GMT)

@Daud_, mate you right that BD fans should not be calling not only Afghans but any other nations minnows. In fact, in my opinion in T20 there isnt such thing as minnows or giants. However, have you not seen some comments made by the Afghan fans on this post and other posts on Cricinfo? yes they outplayed BD in Asia cup but it does not make Afghan better team BD in any possible way.when Afghan fans bash BD does it feel justified by you? Its good to be passionate about your team but there is a limit which should not be crossed. At the end of the day its only a game and not a war. The attitude of some Afghan players especially Dawlat and Shehzad was frankly quite disgusting. Most of these players played in BPL and BD actually helped them in that way to develop their game. Cricket loves loved this Afghan team because of their fairytale rising from Division 5 to top level but behavior like that will lose supporters for them and wont certainly help them to go further.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 12:31 GMT)

And don't forget when u Bangladesh were all out in less than 80 runs against WI in 2011 WC

Posted by asporag on (March 16, 2014, 12:30 GMT)

Now Afghanistan know what their real position is. Next time think twice before you open your mouth about Bangladesh. Bangladesh taught Afghanistan how to play cricket. Afghanistan players have attitude problem as well. That is another difference between test playing nation and minnow.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 12:30 GMT)

I am a West Indian who is very happy to see both teams in this world cup. Bangladesh was once a toddler who have grown nicely past the child stage and is now a decent little boy with potential. Afghanistan was too nervous to overcome the crowd and the Bangladeshi boys; hence, they succumb. Overall it was a lovely start for the competition, now these teams are clearing the airwave for the big guns like West Indies, India, Australia, Shri Lanka and Africa. I Cant wait too see the players like Gayle tearing down the stadium, Narine spinning the pitches and Dale Steyn breaking stumps and the controversial decisions from umpire.

Posted by kovinbuddi on (March 16, 2014, 12:30 GMT)

Afghanistan played disgusting cricket today. You can loose, but you should loose honourably not so cheap way.At least play the 20 overs.Very disappointing one sided match.Very poor performance from AFG, they can do better than this!

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 12:30 GMT)

Not a great win coz it was Afghanistan's A team vs Bangladesh's best XI There was not Asghar no Noor Ali No Hameed Hassan no Mirwais Ashraf and no Najibullah Zadran it was The A team so not a big win anyway

Posted by computerguru on (March 16, 2014, 12:29 GMT)

I'm extremely disappointed at the afghan players' attitude during BD innings. Listen afg kids, this is cricket, not war. And to win a match, you need to be skilled. Having some below par baseball hitters and some abusive foul mouthed players will not help you a bit. Well, as someone said yesterday, only just Shakib is enough to beat the whole afg team. And he just did that! He totally destroyed their confidence, good job Shak.

But I'm disappointed with BD teams' performance too. They should have rattled this afg line-up for less than 50. And come on, 6-8 overs should have been enough to chase down that total. BD boys need to work hard on that. And they shouldn't be complacent at all. Nepal and Hong Kong are much better sides, so we need to give our full.

Posted by Nur_nsu on (March 16, 2014, 12:29 GMT)

BD team and fanbase ... please do not satisfy your appetite with this Afghan win. Being proud is out of the question. This is coming from a BD fan. Let's be humble to the associate teams and give them good competition. They need inspiration in the big stage. Besides that however BD team needs a lot more to show. It is just the beginning. Good luck Afghan team... You're better than this. Make your presence count!

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 12:28 GMT)

well played Bangladesh but with also trying to improve batting order

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 12:28 GMT)

Inshallah Afghanistan will win next games against Nepal and Hong Kong .

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 12:26 GMT)

Afgan cricketers like their fans don't have a clue about cricket.

Posted by QTS_ on (March 16, 2014, 12:24 GMT)

Lessons to be learned: 1. Do not swing the bat haphazardly, especially on a turning pitch. 2. Batsmen ought to take time to adjust to pitch behaviour. 3. Belligerence or physical strength does not win cricket matches - cricketing skills do. 4. Umpires are authorised to intervene when excessively belligerent attitude is exercised on the field. 5. It is more important to maintain a courteous attitude even at the face of impending defeat, than to lose temper out of competitiveness. 6. Only bowling fast, unless at the pace of Mitchell Johnson or higher, does not earn wickets, especially in limited overs cricket.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (March 16, 2014, 12:24 GMT)

Well done Bangladesh ! This is HOW you are supposed to play against associate teams. See you in the Super 10 round. Afghanistan, take it easy. You have a LONG way to go before becoming a consistent team. Keep learning.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 12:24 GMT)

Congratulation BD team for outstanding performans....but we should not attack over Afganistan supporter...Afgans are still learner, we should appreciate for their effort...

Posted by byc89 on (March 16, 2014, 12:24 GMT)

@daud_ well said. I agree with you.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 12:23 GMT)

Honestly I don't see how India is a full member, after like 60 years they still can't win any overseas games,

Posted by SriLankanYoungBlood on (March 16, 2014, 12:23 GMT)

Congrats Bangladesh.Well done. If this type of wickets in every match it's big boost to SL,IND,PAK. Also worrying factor to Eng,RSA,WI,NZ.team nervous against spin. Not only Ajmal non T20 spinner like Hearth also deadly dangerous in these type of tracks. As Commentators told afgan went this match without a plan go almost all the deliveries. Still there is game in Group A since HK is unpredictable side which 8 pakistanis playing.

Posted by Ammo666 on (March 16, 2014, 12:23 GMT)

@siddhartha87 on (March 15, 2014, 10:35 GMT) this is your own funny comment about BD look what you wrote ---> (Should be an easy win for Afghanistan.Bangladesh team a complete failure in all aspects of the game. A few wins or narrow losses against top teams and BD can get a test status..oh wait) Now your own words slapped you hard on your face..what you wrote that only suits the associates but not superior BD & BD is a test nation team & they deserved it so same goes to other associates.. @ BD haters after BD's loss against a minnow AFG miraculously this soon, you ppl thought that AFG is better than BD & can beat them again..this proves the standard of you premature commentators by even comparing BD with the associates! how ridiculous you ppl can be! JUST look at the scorecard how BD won..what a boring match it was with no competition even as BD had to show their place playing against them!

Posted by DauD_ on (March 16, 2014, 12:22 GMT)

@LightOJ, How is that a FLUKE? Afghanistan and Bangladesh are 1-1 in interntional games, Bangladesh are a weak team too, but had a good day today. Compared to Australia, Bangladesh too is an associate.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 12:21 GMT)

Afghanistan is an exciting team but their body language was absolutely abysmal today. One win against a side does not guarantee you free wins everyday you face them. Bangladesh, with home side advantage and a flawless practice match record (Afghanistan had lost to Zimbabwe), not to mention the experience, were clearly the favorites. The way Afghanistan players behaved today it seemed as if they were the Mighty Aussies sledging. Absolutely disappointing; you cannot hope to improve if you do not take heads up from failures and behave this rashly.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 12:21 GMT)

it is good to see critics crawling back into their cave as usual.yes Afghanistan is spirited team but they have to improve their attitude in this level and accept that win in adia cup was a fluke.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 12:19 GMT)

AFG should just bowl from now on. Their batting & running between the wickets is so ordinary.

Posted by King_Ravanaa on (March 16, 2014, 12:19 GMT)

i almost fell from my chair reading some comments from my fellow Bangladeshis. Bangladesh being a minnow, how could you guys can say minnow to Afganistan?. the way Afgans act is the same like when Bangldeshis accidently beat other top teams. it is the same thing what fans of other top teams thinking about Bangladesh, when they put on champion talking while thinking them as world beaters. Bangladesh happily can enter in to the super 10, but won't able to win a single game agajnst top teams.

Posted by Stark62 on (March 16, 2014, 12:19 GMT)

Great to see BD win because I can't imagine a tournament without the hosts participation.

Although, I'm surprised Afg were blown away so easily because they looked very competitive in the last T20 WC and in the recently concluded Asia cup.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 12:19 GMT)

to All supporters from SL, Ind, Pak who ridiculed BD over the last few weeks: you have witnessed the biggest upset in cricket history ever just few mins ago. BD just beat Afg the (world strongest team) by 9 Wkts!!!!!!how lucky you guys are!

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 12:17 GMT)

Nice revenge BD tigers. So this match proved that Afghanistan have to play more game to get more experienced.

Posted by CrICkeeet on (March 16, 2014, 12:13 GMT)

To b neutral... AFG r trying too much without undrstanding the condition... They did well by beating Ban is asia cup but u hav 2 understand Full stregnth bd is still way better than them..... Dont get too optimistic! (jst lyk what BD fans do when they play with top class teams)

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 12:13 GMT)

Afghanistan has now realized their difference with a full-member team. They have many places to improve. Well played BD and good luck for AFG.

Posted by yohandf on (March 16, 2014, 12:12 GMT)

I told earlier that Bangladesh would win . actually they won . Afghanistan looked like they were overconfident about this and Bangladesh kept them in right place . They went after the bowl even without having a look and very risky on runs . fielding below par . but this will be a learning for Afghns . but their attitude was so poor and has to improve it .

Posted by wapuser on (March 16, 2014, 12:12 GMT)

Well done BD. That was how good cricket has to look like. Go tigers go!!! :))

Posted by MAN_AT_WORK on (March 16, 2014, 12:12 GMT)

Thrash By Bangladesh and thank you very much Afghanisthan

Posted by Fuad_BD_Tigers on (March 16, 2014, 12:11 GMT)

this is Afghanistan team? I won't mind playing with them again again....LOL

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 12:10 GMT)

U bangal's fan u don't hv to be so proud winning Afg, we know Afg is not perfect enough.. For bangal's the best proud and happiness when the beat the rest loins.. For us Afg cricket team is proud in such a less time they play with granies of cricket . So no prob for Afg.. Keep it up guys

Posted by DauD_ on (March 16, 2014, 12:09 GMT)

@Bangladeshi fans, why are you calling other teams minnows? Have you looked in the mirror. Didnt you guys come LAST in the Asia Cup?

Posted by Matadore on (March 16, 2014, 12:07 GMT)

Full stregnth BD team back with full stregnth per4mnce... Without 4 major players BD struggled in the asia cup.. gd 2 see they r back... anyway AFG is a good rising team...

Posted by lightOj on (March 16, 2014, 12:07 GMT)

That's where Afghanistan stands infront of Bangladesh!The way Afghan played today it is clear that asia cup win was fluke.Bangladesh showed what are they capable of. I hope some of the arrogant Afghan supporter will learn now how to keep your head down.Best wishes to them for the rest of the tournament.

As for Afghan what would I say. They showed today why they are 'associate'. They are still a long way to go. But best wishes to them too.

Posted by mzm149 on (March 16, 2014, 12:07 GMT)

Looking at the pitch, I must say beware teams, Pakistan has Ajmal, Babar, Hafeez and Afridi.

Posted by DauD_ on (March 16, 2014, 12:04 GMT)

As an Australian it's very sad to see Bangla fans disrespecting Afghani supporters and calling them Minnows. Not I'm going to be very keen to watch Australia trash these Bangla boys out of the park. David Warner alone is better than the entire bangladeshi line-up.

Posted by siddhartha87 on (March 16, 2014, 12:03 GMT)

ehh not far ahead of associate teams,sometimes they win against associates and vice versa. They belong more to associate level then to big boys

Posted by TowfiqueToronto on (March 16, 2014, 12:02 GMT)

A perfect responds to BD haters. And BD showed the class of Cricket in this match. Congrates to BD.

Posted by byc89 on (March 16, 2014, 12:02 GMT)

i am sure that this is just once in a year performance by Bangladesh. I do not think they will win even a single match against the top 8 teams.

Posted by thecutiepie on (March 16, 2014, 12:02 GMT)

Whoever were commenting on Mushfiq's comment that mushfiq shouldn't say that or use the word revenge, this match should stop their mouth not only them also who were doubting BD's abilities.If they have the confidence to defeat the Afghans, they should use the word revenge more and more times. Nabi should realize what a wounded tiger sound like. Nabi should talk less and give his team direction in the right zone to play.

Posted by ishmam_84 on (March 16, 2014, 11:48 GMT)

Minnows like AFG is nowhere in a position to beat a test playing nation like BD. Upset doesn't repeat everyday. Players like Shehzad & Dawlat first need to learn etiquette before playing an international match.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 11:44 GMT)

I told before,BD played Afghanistan in Asia cup without their 5 major player.This is BD's full strength team & Tiger showing the difference between associates teams.Irish already get punished. Plz dont compare BD with minnow team like Afghanistan.BD is far far ahead of Associates team.Accept it

Posted by siddhartha87 on (March 16, 2014, 11:38 GMT)

this matches are mere formality. The only real match of the tournament will be Australia vs West Indies

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 11:37 GMT)

well guys ..who are still dancing on asia cup match between Afg v Bd.. You have to understand the difference between an upset and a nomal match.

Posted by Dhali_BD_Fan on (March 16, 2014, 11:24 GMT)

Nothing against Afganistan, but this is a proper BD team performance. The Asia Cup game was another example of BD succumbing to pressure and gifting the game away, I mean Afganistan had dropped in excess of 5 catches and several cases of misfielding, that is not a match winning performance. What's interesting about this game thus far, is the BD fielding and the results both teams are getting from spin! Can't wait to see how Australia plays on this pitch!

Posted by LakshithaR on (March 16, 2014, 11:18 GMT)

Well, this may yet prove a tad premature, but let me just go ahead and say congrats to Bangladeshis! You have been ridiculed by Afghanis, Pakistanis, Indians and some of us Lankans over the past few weeks, but today you have shown where your full strength team stands against an associate like Afghanistan. Well played, chaps!

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 11:14 GMT)

For Afghanistan win and lost doesn't matter it's just experience and encouragement for such a young team. BD is a team playing since ages if Afghanistan won it gonna be a proud but if lose doesn't matter, we gonna face BD again. I m wondering where is hamid Hassan he suppose be In such matches.. :/

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 11:13 GMT)

Afghanistan was thought that they become a big team when they bitten Bangladesh at Asia Cup 14, they are speaking too rough before start this game. now they are realize that what are they?

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (March 16, 2014, 11:10 GMT)

We can say with confidence now that Bangladesh will easily qualify for the tournament proper after this performance. Afghanistan proved they are nothing more than minnows and have a lot of learning to do IF they want to become a test nation. Pathetic performance !

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 11:09 GMT)

Yes, that's the true caliber of Bangladesh Cricket Team! Defeat in Asia Cup was just an accident that is not any uncommon in the game of cricket and that has made the Bengal Tigers more hungry today. Go ahead Tigers!

Posted by afghan_cric_lover on (March 16, 2014, 11:08 GMT)

i think its time we should say good bye to cricket ,,our team is not improving day by day they are getting worse

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 10:58 GMT)

I have no Idea what was Afghanistan doing in this Match.

Posted by mzm149 on (March 16, 2014, 10:58 GMT)

Afghanis are extremely pathetic players of spin bowling as we saw in Asia Cup. The pitch was behaving like 5th day test pitch. But Afghanis have a few very good spinners in their side too.

Posted by neanderthal on (March 16, 2014, 10:39 GMT)

Well I have seen many associate teams play in the world stage but this batting performance by AFG is worse than any. Dont know what were they trying to achieve. They will never win anything with bigger teams with this kind of batting. Sloggers with no technique and worse is they never tried to change the approach after 2-3 early wickets. Which means their coaching stuff is also not very experienced.May end up being a real embarrassment in next years ODI wc.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 10:39 GMT)

This proves that Afghanistan are sloggers and simply clueless against spin!

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (March 16, 2014, 10:35 GMT)

AUS, NZ, SA, and ENG have NO CHANCE in this World T20 looking at the amount of turn and bounce. It's a straight shoot out between IND, PAK, SL and WI.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 10:32 GMT)

Bangladesh win this match

Posted by Vikum72 on (March 16, 2014, 10:31 GMT)

Afghanistan laying like a true associate nation! where were they during the Asia cup?

Posted by Fuad_BD_Tigers on (March 16, 2014, 10:29 GMT)

Didn't watch Asia Cup Match of Afghanistan vs Bangladesh. Wondering how this team beat BD. LOL.....

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 10:19 GMT)

After looking at the amount of turn - this world T20 promises to be a virtual 4 way race amongst the sub continent teams. Swann has retired. For India Jadeja becomes lethal on this kind of surfaces and add Ashwin and Mishra - looks like an incisive attack if pitch offers turn. Same for Afridi - Ajmal, Mendis-Senanayake, B'desh left arm slow bowlers.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 10:16 GMT)

Bangladesh is applying different techniques on the debutants and they are successful till now.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (March 16, 2014, 10:12 GMT)

So far Afghanistan playing like a lowly minnow and BD more like an established test nation. Are Afghanistan late to catch a flight ? Why slog mindlessly ?!

Posted by Musadiq_Ali on (March 16, 2014, 10:09 GMT)

hi Cric info team hope you all well this new look having bad imprison should the score at-least cover 2/3 of the screen rather then 1/2 bit annoyed to see this else features was good

Posted by wapuser on (March 16, 2014, 9:58 GMT)

inshallah banglades will win in this match.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 9:52 GMT)

mominul and ziaur rahman must deresrv to ply instead of sabbir rahman and forhad reza therefore best of luck BD tigers. let's roars

Posted by Snambidi on (March 16, 2014, 9:48 GMT)

Alas! This tournament has started in a most unexpected manner.I have not watched or heard about a world cup starting with a wicket falling in respect of the team batting first. Bad luck for Afganistan ,it may appear so. But this kind of thinking is nothing but a superstitious belief. One wicket does not make any difference in a 20 over match.if the remaining batsmen play with more vigor the loss can be compensated. Afganistan being a new Team to the Tourney needs all encouragement. But somehow, BenglaDesh appears to have an edge. If BD wins to day ,they might enter the last 10 of the fixture.Equally so for Afganistan also. My opinion is that win or loss does not matter. Sincere& hard work is what all playing teams should adopt.Any how,just one Team could be the winners.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 9:39 GMT)

instead of Dawlat Zadran Mirwais Ashraf or Hamza Hotak was better.

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