World T20 - 1st match, First Round Group A

Bangladesh v Afghanistan

Bangladesh won by 9 wickets (with 48 balls remaining)

3.30 pm Our walk the Afghanistan openers, Najeeb Tarakai, 20, making his debut in international T20 cricket. Bangladesh have occupied their fielding positions. Here's Mashrafe Mortaza with a slip

Mark: "got to say as a neutral I'm actually quite torn here. I want Afghanistan to win because their story is wonderful and it would be lovely for them to get to the super 10s but then Bangladesh are the hosts and it would be wonderful for them to get there. blind stab at a prediction. Afghanistan by 13 runs "

3.25 pm A very lengthy national anthem ceremony later, we seem to be ready to get on with the cricket. Ah, the fanfare before a world event. A decent crowd in Mirpur and very few of them are keeping to their seats. Clapping, cheering, dancing, waving and luring their camera to pan over to them... It's chaos

Mohammad Bashir: "Najeeb Taraki famous by the name of Sixer Khan here in Afghanistan, BD will feel heat if he spend few overs on the wicket. "

3.15 pm The XIs are being belted out to the crowd while their names feature on the big screen, like in an auction purveying eligible bachelors. Giant roars for the Bangladesh players, as expected

Prasanna S: "Uwaisul - This is not the first big tournament Bangladesh hosted alone, they hosted the ICC knockout tournament in 1998 (but didn't play) but this time have a chance to play in the main round."

"I'd go with Ziaur instead of Mahmudullah though," nods Sean

"Mominul is not here! how is it possible?????" cries Rozy. He's more of a purist, I suppose. Not the best suited for T20?

Uwaisul Karnain: "A big day for Bangladesh fans, the first big tournament they are hosting themselves alone. The first game itself is a virtual knockout, and not a bad time for the Tigers to register their first international victory in 2014."

It's the same pitch as used in the Asia Cup here in Mirpur. Rock hard and the ball will come nicely on the bat and maybe later on, it will turn as well says the pitch report. In other news, the sky is blue

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3.00 pm Bangladesh have won the toss and will bowl Nothing like a little bit of confusion at the toss to kick off a big tournament. A newly minted coin meant that match referee Ranjan Madugale had to pointed out which side was which. "Not bothered, nothing wrong with the wicket and there will be something early on and you never know what is a good total," says Mushfiqur Rahim, the Bangladesh captain. So we'll restrict them and do well. All the players are fit and we're all ready to go"

"We'll try our best to put a big total on the board and put the pressure on them," says Afghanistan captain Mohammad Nabi, ""We are not in pressure and hopefully we'll enjoy this game. Fantastic last win in the Asia Cup, more motivation for the boys."

2.55 pm They might be newcomers to the international game but Afghanistan were not shy of a little gamesmanship. Both their captain Mohammad Nabi and their coach Kabir Khan have said the onus is on Bangladesh, being the hosts and having lost to Afghanistan in the Asia Cup not too long ago. Judging by Mushfiqur Rahim's quotes earlier, Bangladesh know that all too well

"Why are these qualification games not played a month or two before the championships, that will give more time for the qualifying teams to prepare themselves for the final," Perhaps, Prasanna S. But most times momentum can work just as well as preparation. And if they get a few good games in this stage, that could well set them up in the tournament proper

2.50 pm So the rivalry continues. And this time we have the caveat of a spot in the main draw of the World T20 to spur the teams on. It's the hosts Bangladesh looking to settle a score with Afghanistan

0.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Mohammad Shahzad, OUT, out first ball! Went for an almighty heave over the covers but gets it right off the bottom of the bat. Mid-off and cover rush to get under the skier. Is there going to be a collision? Nope, Cover pulls out. What a start for the hosts! One of Afghanistan's big guns is gone. Shahzad slammed the bat into the ground soon as he hit that shot. And so he should, that was an awful way to kick off a world event

Mohammad Shahzad c Mahmudullah b Mashrafe Mortaza 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Gulbadin Naib has been sent up to pinch hit!

0.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Gulbadin Naib, 1 wide, fullish and this moves away a touch. But Mashrafe's targeted this too far outside off

0.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Gulbadin Naib, no run, good length ball just outside off, much better line for that away swing this time as Naib lets it go.

0.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Gulbadin Naib, no run, fullish and just outside off, Naib presses forward and whacks it to mid-on. No timing whatsoever. Looks like it's going to be hit or miss cricket here

0.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Gulbadin Naib, no run, yep, walks down the track and goes for a massive swing. This is a good length ball which garners movement away from the bat. Naib is not concerned by it as he looks to smoke that out of the park. Beaten almost comically

0.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Gulbadin Naib, no run, good length just outside off, goes for a cut without moving his feet. No dice again

0.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Gulbadin Naib, no run, back of a length and he taps it into the covers. Wanted a single, but the non-striker wasn't as forthcoming. Extra bounce for Mashrafe

End of over 1 (1 run) Afghanistan 1/1 (RR: 1.00)
Gulbadin Naib    0* (5b)      Mashrafe Mortaza    1-0-1-1
Najeeb Tarakai    0* (0b)     

Al-Amin from the other end. Slip for him as well

Rohan: "Perhaps the Afghanis thought that if they hit the first ball of the tournament for a boundary, they may win the tournament....rewind to the 1st ball of the 50-over WC 2011 that Sehwag whacked to the boundary (and the opponents happened to be Bangladesh)!"

1.1

Al-Amin Hossain to Najeeb Tarakai, 1 run, angles it in on middle and this is tucked away through midwicket. Neat stroke to get off the mark on debut

1.2

Al-Amin Hossain to Gulbadin Naib, no run, back of a length in that off stump channel, but this straightens instead of going on. Naib pushes and misses

1.3

Al-Amin Hossain to Gulbadin Naib, SIX, finally he has muscled one away! This was length from Al-Amin and had loads of width. Not middled, but he had smashed it well enough to clear long-on

1.4

Al-Amin Hossain to Gulbadin Naib, no run, goes fuller and targets middle and leg. Naib looks to whip it away but gets rapped on his thighs. Didn't know where the ball went and was searching for a single. Noticed it in the bowler's hands just in time

1.5

Al-Amin Hossain to Gulbadin Naib, no run, fullish and this nips into him. Naib goes for an across-the-line swat and gets struck on the back thigh. Al-Amin appeals, Naib howls in pain. The umpire is unmoved

1.6

Al-Amin Hossain to Gulbadin Naib, no run, good length ball on middle and leg, turned away to midwicket and he wants a single again! Has to dive back and is just about safe as the throw doesn't connect

End of over 2 (7 runs) Afghanistan 8/1 (RR: 4.00)
Gulbadin Naib    6* (10b 1x6)      Al-Amin Hossain    1-0-7-0
Najeeb Tarakai    1* (1b)      Mashrafe Mortaza    1-0-1-1

sathish2888: "Is Afghanistan gonna end playing cricket from today... Calm down guys.. 120 balls is too much to slog from very first ball"

2.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Najeeb Tarakai, 1 wide, shortish and way outside off, Tarakai looks for the cut but the away swing beats him.

2.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Najeeb Tarakai, no run, back of a length and probes the channel outside off. Drew the batsman into a poke and that gorgeous movement away from him beats him

2.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Najeeb Tarakai, 1 run, fullish on off stump, comes forward and pushes into the covers, straight to the fielder, and he's just set off. Helps in the end as they make it

2.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Gulbadin Naib, 1 run, shortish on middle and off, pulled towards midwicket. Got that too high on the bat, I think

Kamran: "Poor Naib is not having a great birthday."

2.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Najeeb Tarakai, no run, hangs his bat outside off and is beaten again. Third man is too inviting with no slips, I guess. Should be more careful with Mashrafe getting that away swing

2.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Najeeb Tarakai, no run, charges him and swings almost off his feet. The shape away defeats him once again. Mashrafe gives the batsman a stare that could have melted him into mush

2.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Najeeb Tarakai, FOUR, shortish and he's pulled it over the infield at midwicket and there is just enough power on this to reach the boundary. Didn't time that either

End of over 3 (7 runs) Afghanistan 15/1 (RR: 5.00)
Najeeb Tarakai    6* (6b 1x4)      Mashrafe Mortaza    2-0-8-1
Gulbadin Naib    7* (11b 1x6)      Al-Amin Hossain    1-0-7-0

Spin in early, here's Shakib

Michael Gray: "As for being out first ball of a tournament, I think in WC 92 John Wright was out bowled after two wides from Craig McDermott... is this right?" Hey, Russel Arnold tweeted that!

3.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Gulbadin Naib, no run, loops it up on off stump and draws Naib forward into a defensive

3.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Gulbadin Naib, no run, goes back as he makes some room for himself to cut this away. Hint of turn off a good length and he gets an outside edge. Falls short of short third man

3.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Gulbadin Naib, 1 run, stays back and whips this from off stump to deep midwicket

3.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Najeeb Tarakai, 1 run, goes for a swipe across the line as this is full and straight. Mushi from behind the wicket was very excited as this struck his back pad, but there was an inside edge. He was a dead duck if not

3.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Gulbadin Naib, no run, good length ball which turns off the straight as he gets a leading edge to the covers

3.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Gulbadin Naib, no run, good length ball on middle, turned away to square leg

End of over 4 (2 runs) Afghanistan 17/1 (RR: 4.25)
Gulbadin Naib    8* (16b 1x6)      Shakib Al Hasan    1-0-2-0
Najeeb Tarakai    7* (7b 1x4)      Mashrafe Mortaza    2-0-8-1

Al-Amin switches ends

4.1

Al-Amin Hossain to Najeeb Tarakai, 2 no balls, back of a length and this goes on with the angle, goes off the thigh towards square leg but the bigger news is that he's overstepped. We have our first free hit of the tournament

4.1

Al-Amin Hossain to Gulbadin Naib, FOUR, offers a length ball just outside off, possibly the worst free hit delivery ever, and Naib slogs it to the long-on boundary. Didn't get all of that either

4.2

Al-Amin Hossain to Gulbadin Naib, FOUR, short and wide and he's slapped this through the gap at cover. Good conviction in that stroke and finally he gets one to scream away

long-on and square leg are back

4.3

Al-Amin Hossain to Gulbadin Naib, 4 leg byes, off the thigh and this runs away past the keeper's despairing dive. Mushi throws a forlorn look back as the ball strikes the advertising boards

4.4

Al-Amin Hossain to Gulbadin Naib, 1 run, good length ball in the channel as Naib pushes to extra cover. The man was on the edge of the circle and a single was always on offer

4.5

Al-Amin Hossain to Najeeb Tarakai, no run, hint of away swing there on the slower ball. Tarakai was lured into pushing at it with an angled bat and is beaten

4.6

Al-Amin Hossain to Najeeb Tarakai, no run, that was about a foot outside the reach of his bat even as he swung wildly. Afghanistan better switch strategies because this blind slogging is not working. Fuller delivery outside off, beaten

End of over 5 (15 runs) Afghanistan 32/1 (RR: 6.40)
Najeeb Tarakai    7* (10b 1x4)      Al-Amin Hossain    2-0-18-0
Gulbadin Naib    17* (20b 2x4 1x6)      Shakib Al Hasan    1-0-2-0

5.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Gulbadin Naib, FOUR, dropped, and boy this was one of the simpler ones. Shakib tossed it up on middle and the batsman came down at him and seemed to have hit this straight down long-on's throat, but Sabbir Rahman shells it

5.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Gulbadin Naib, OUT, makes amends immediately as he runs across the ground towards his right and takes the top-edged slog sweep. Beaten in flight there as Naib had to reach out to connect with that

Gulbadin Naib c Sabbir Rahman b Shakib Al Hasan 21 (25m 22b 3x4 1x6) SR: 95.45

5.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Najeeb Tarakai, OUT, two off two! This was such a soft dismissal and Mirpur has lost it's roof! This was nicely flighted and Tarakai went for a nudge through midwicket. Playing against the spine comes to bite him as the turn on offer takes the outside edge and gives cover a dolly

Najeeb Tarakai c Nasir Hossain b Shakib Al Hasan 7 (27m 11b 1x4 0x6) SR: 63.63

Mohammad Nabi strides out and strikes gloves with the other new batsman Nawroz Mangal. Shakib is on a hat-trick with slip and a short leg

5.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Mohammad Nabi, no run, oh, almost! Loads of flight and this turns rather nicely too. Nabi comes forward and goes to block tentatively. Beaten

5.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Mohammad Nabi, no run, tossed up and angled in on middle, but once it pitches this rips across his outside edge. Mushi flicks the bails off and asks the question

DhilipRaja: "This is NOT the Afghanistan team that impressed the whole world just days ago."

5.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Mohammad Nabi, no run, flighted on middle, swept calmly to short fine leg

End of over 6 (4 runs) Afghanistan 36/3 (RR: 6.00)
Mohammad Nabi    0* (3b)      Shakib Al Hasan    2-0-6-2
Nawroz Mangal    0* (0b)      Al-Amin Hossain    2-0-18-0

More spin, it's Mahmudullah now

Uwaisul Karnain: "Finally a proper cricketing shot was played in the 5th over this Afghan innings. This isn't Base ball, boys?"

6.1

Mahmudullah to Nawroz Mangal, OUT, direct hit from short fine leg and I think Mangal is short! flights this on off stump and there's a bit of turn for the offspinner as well. The batsman nudges it off his pads and they try to sneak a quick single. Sabbir takes aim and throws the stumps down at the bowler's end. Great presence of mind

Nawroz Mangal run out 0 (7m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Out walks Karim Sadiq, who has opened the innings before.

6.2

Mahmudullah to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, tossed up just outside off, he goes forward and opens the face to pick up a single into the covers

6.3

Mahmudullah to Karim Sadiq, no run, good length ball, bounces a touch more to beat his little late cut

6.4

Mahmudullah to Karim Sadiq, no run, flatter and just outside off, goes for a little nudge to third man again and misses

6.5

Mahmudullah to Karim Sadiq, no run, tapes behind point as this turns big from outside off

ashvini_kumar: "@Dhilipraja..this ain't the same Bangla team either which depressed their fans few days back!!"

6.6

Mahmudullah to Karim Sadiq, 1 run, good length ball on middle and leg, picked away towards the vacant square leg region

End of over 7 (2 runs) Afghanistan 38/4 (RR: 5.42)
Karim Sadiq    1* (4b)      Mahmudullah    1-0-2-0
Mohammad Nabi    1* (4b)      Shakib Al Hasan    2-0-6-2

Abdur Razzak's turn to roll his arm over

Naseer: "@Dollip Raja; Afghanistan's batting has not been great, it is their bowling which attracted attention globally, but still don't write them off, they have come out on top even in last match in Asia cup against Bangaldesh when they were in big trouble in start of their inning." Yes, but then they were playing proper cricket shots

7.1

Abdur Razzak to Karim Sadiq, no run, flighted on middle and off, he strides forward to block

7.2

Abdur Razzak to Karim Sadiq, no run, too full for the late cut and this time there was a slip in place as well. Very risky shot that and he's beaten. Nabi goes up and asks him to change strategies

7.3

Abdur Razzak to Karim Sadiq, 3 runs, tossed up just outside off and he plants his front foot forward and slashes through the covers. Mashrafe runs around and pulls out a slide that saves a few runs

7.4

Abdur Razzak to Mohammad Nabi, no run, oh ho ho! This has gripped the pitch and turns square. Pitched on middle and off and just spits off to the keeper's gloves. Forget the tentative back foot push

7.5

Abdur Razzak to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, worked into the midwicket region

7.6

Abdur Razzak to Karim Sadiq, 1 run, comes forward and finds the gap at midwicket again and they settle for a single

End of over 8 (5 runs) Afghanistan 43/4 (RR: 5.37)
Karim Sadiq    5* (8b)      Abdur Razzak    1-0-5-0
Mohammad Nabi    2* (6b)      Mahmudullah    1-0-2-0

sathish2888: "Rather than keep on slogging, If Afghanistan take 50 singles in next 50 balls and score 50 in next 30 balls with wickets in hand, they will be very much in this match.. "

8.1

Mahmudullah to Karim Sadiq, 1 run, tossed up on middle and he works it off his toes to short fine leg. Nasir sees Sadiq was struggling at the non-strikers'. No direct hit this time. Gee, he has a strong arm

8.2

Mahmudullah to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, bit of width outside off and he slaps it to deep point

8.3

Mahmudullah to Karim Sadiq, no run, fullish on middle, Sadiq covers his stumps and pushes to mid-on. Seemed to be the carrom ball

8.4

Mahmudullah to Karim Sadiq, no run, tossed up on middle, turns towards square leg

8.5

Mahmudullah to Karim Sadiq, 2 byes, loopy offspinner has beaten the ugly swipe from the batsman, the keeper is duped by the turn as well! Mushi was going outside off, but once this pitched it just swerved over middle and leg

8.6

Mahmudullah to Karim Sadiq, 1 leg bye, tossed up just outside off, he shuffles across and goes for the slog sweep with the turn. Only he doesn't connect

End of over 9 (5 runs) Afghanistan 48/4 (RR: 5.33)
Karim Sadiq    6* (13b)      Mahmudullah    2-0-4-0
Mohammad Nabi    3* (7b)      Abdur Razzak    1-0-5-0

Afghanistan are trying every shot in the book. Bangladesh are spinning balls square. This is some start, folks

9.1

Abdur Razzak to Karim Sadiq, 1 run, flighted on middle, he clears his front leg and slogs to long-on. Hit against the turn

9.2

Abdur Razzak to Mohammad Nabi, no run, drags it short and that was when the big shot was reqiured. Instead because of the position his team is in, he has to content himself by pushing into the covers

9.3

Abdur Razzak to Mohammad Nabi, OUT, this is the arm ball and he's struck on the back pad! What a beaut from Razzak! Nabi has not picked it and was pushing forward to play for the one that turns away. The ball pitches and skids into him and sends him back to the pavilion

Mohammad Nabi lbw b Abdur Razzak 3 (16m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

Shafiqullah takes guard with an average of 6.89. Samiullah Shenwari is still sitting in the shed!

9.4

Abdur Razzak to Shafiqullah, 1 run, tossed up on leg, turned just square of midwicket

9.5

Abdur Razzak to Karim Sadiq, no run, flighted on middle and this turns off the straight. Very uncertain forward defensive

9.6

Abdur Razzak to Karim Sadiq, no run, moves outside off and sweeps the length ball to short fine leg

End of over 10 (2 runs) Afghanistan 50/5 (RR: 5.00)
Karim Sadiq    7* (16b)      Abdur Razzak    2-0-7-1
Shafiqullah    1* (1b)      Mahmudullah    2-0-4-0

Kritesh: "Seeing how much how the ball is turning already, Aus, SA, NZ and Eng must be a worried lot. They do not have the best of spinners and do not play spin that well. "

10.1

Mahmudullah to Shafiqullah, no run, flighted just outside off and he defends into the covers

10.2

Mahmudullah to Shafiqullah, 3 runs, just a hint of room and he's taken advantage. Good footwork set him up as he went deep in his crease and cuts this well behind square. The fielder in the deep pulls out a good boot

10.3

Mahmudullah to Karim Sadiq, no run, flighted on off stump, went back to cover his sticks and defends

10.4

Mahmudullah to Karim Sadiq, no run, goes down the track and pads up to an offspinner that wasn't too far from hitting the stumps! Benefit of the doubt to the bowler

10.5

Mahmudullah to Karim Sadiq, no run, good length ball that leaps off the pitch to beat the batsman's cut shot. Strikes Mushi's gloves quite hard as well. Wrings his right hand

10.6

Mahmudullah to Karim Sadiq, 1 run, tossed up outside off and he's slog swept it to deep midwicket

End of over 11 (4 runs) Afghanistan 54/5 (RR: 4.90)
Karim Sadiq    8* (20b)      Mahmudullah    3-0-8-0
Shafiqullah    4* (3b)      Abdur Razzak    2-0-7-1

11.1

Abdur Razzak to Karim Sadiq, no run, good length ball on off stump, defended

11.2

Abdur Razzak to Karim Sadiq, 1 run, races down the track and slaps this through the covers. Reached the pitch that time

11.3

Abdur Razzak to Shafiqullah, 1 run, good length ball on middle and off, tapped away to square leg

11.4

Abdur Razzak to Karim Sadiq, 1 run, good length ball, plonks his front leg outside off and sweeps strongly to deep midwicket

11.5

Abdur Razzak to Shafiqullah, no run, slower and tossed up on middle. And that means this grips and turns. Takes the leading edge as he looks to turn towards midwicket. Falls short of short third man and the non-striker had raced down seeking a single. Poor throw means Bangladesh could not capitalise

11.6

Abdur Razzak to Shafiqullah, 1 run, OUT, he's gone this time! Direct hit and Sadiq's jittery stay comes to an end. This was flighted on middle and he pushes towards the vacant midwicket region. They take a late decision to take a couple and that is going to haunt them as Nasir sends in a dead eye throw

Karim Sadiq run out 10 (20m 23b 0x4 0x6) SR: 43.47

End of over 12 (4 runs) Afghanistan 58/6 (RR: 4.83)
Shafiqullah    6* (6b)      Abdur Razzak    3-0-11-1
     Mahmudullah    3-0-8-0

Shenwari finally walks in and Bangladesh have called on their best bowler

12.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run, tossed up on middle and off, pushes to long-off

12.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Shafiqullah, no run

12.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Shafiqullah, no run, flighted on middle and this rips away off the pitch, squares him up as he defends off the back foot and gets an edge. Falls short of slip

12.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Shafiqullah, no run, goes forward and across outside off to push towards midwicket

12.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Shafiqullah, 1 run, went further across outside off and turns this towards short fine leg

ashique619: "seems like BD is determined to prove that the earlier win of AFG was a fluck. and they are at it pretty brutally!! "

12.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Samiullah Shenwari, no run, flighted just outside off as he comes forward and pushes into the covers

End of over 13 (2 runs) Afghanistan 60/6 (RR: 4.61)
Samiullah Shenwari    1* (2b)      Shakib Al Hasan    3-0-8-2
Shafiqullah    7* (10b)      Abdur Razzak    3-0-11-1

13.1

Abdur Razzak to Shafiqullah, no run, shortish and this turns quite a bit outside off. Beats the cut

13.2

Abdur Razzak to Shafiqullah, FOUR, shortish and just a hint outside off, he rocks back and pulls quite powerfully between midwicket and mid-on. Terrific strike

13.3

Abdur Razzak to Shafiqullah, FOUR, again, too short and Shafiqullah has split the two men. Same power, only this was ensured it was kept down

13.4

Abdur Razzak to Shafiqullah, no run, flighted just outside off and he pushes into the off side

13.5

Abdur Razzak to Shafiqullah, 1 run, short and wide outside off, he rocks back and slaps it behind point. Mushi is roaring for the fielder to display some hustle. Loud sqeals from the stump mic

13.6

Abdur Razzak to Samiullah Shenwari, OUT, another one bites the dust and it's Shenwari who is trapped in front! Is that Afghanistan's last bullet in the barrel? This was tossed up, needed to be played off the front foot. But he goes back and moreover looks to play across the line towards midwicket. The ball pitches and turns and strikes him in front of middle

Samiullah Shenwari lbw b Abdur Razzak 1 (7m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

End of over 14 (9 runs) Afghanistan 69/7 (RR: 4.92)
     Abdur Razzak    4-0-20-2
Shafiqullah    16* (15b 2x4)      Shakib Al Hasan    3-0-8-2

Sawlat Zadran is out in the middle now

kishan: "Afghanistan had trouble playing spin in Asia cup. Didn't Kabir khan see that?? They should have come with a little more practice."

14.1

Mahmudullah to Shafiqullah, OUT, this was shortish and pushed down leg, Shafiqullah looks for the pull and gets a bottom edge which lobs off his thigh and Mushi has held on to a pretty sharp catch. Mirpur continues to dance. Afghanistan continue to collapse. Oh dear, replays make it seem there might not be bat involved there

Shafiqullah c †Mushfiqur Rahim b Mahmudullah 16 (17m 16b 2x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

The big, tall and wavy-haired Shapoor Zadran takes guard. Mahmudullah goes around

14.2

Mahmudullah to Shapoor Zadran, no run, kept full on off stump, he prefers to play off the back foot and defends

14.3

Mahmudullah to Shapoor Zadran, no run, tossed up on off stump and he goes for the slog sweep. Misses off stump by the proverbial whisker

14.4

Mahmudullah to Shapoor Zadran, no run, length ball on off stump, goes back and blocks

slip, silly point in place

14.5

Mahmudullah to Shapoor Zadran, no run, flighted on off stump, lunges forward to block

14.6

Mahmudullah to Shapoor Zadran, no run, flighted on middle and it's kept out. A wicket maiden for Mahmudullah

End of over 15 (wicket maiden) Afghanistan 69/8 (RR: 4.60)
Shapoor Zadran    0* (5b)      Mahmudullah    4-1-8-1
Dawlat Zadran    0* (0b)      Abdur Razzak    4-0-20-2

Here's Sabbir Rahman

Sumzy: "Do we have DRS available in this series of T20 world cup?" I don't think they use DRS in T20s, mate

15.1

Sabbir Rahman to Dawlat Zadran, no run, this turns too, but I think it pitched outside leg stump. So the leg before appeal is shoved down. Hit him in front of leg stump

15.2

Sabbir Rahman to Dawlat Zadran, no run

15.3

Sabbir Rahman to Dawlat Zadran, no run, quicker on middle and leg and he is a little late on his horizontal bat shot. Mushi loves it

15.4

Sabbir Rahman to Dawlat Zadran, 1 run, shortish ball, pushed through on leg stump. Goes to pull and doesn't connect very well. Sneak a single to midwicket

15.5

Sabbir Rahman to Shapoor Zadran, no run, flatter delivery, this was the offspinner, and beats Shapoor outside off

15.6

Sabbir Rahman to Shapoor Zadran, no run, goes back and opens the face to tap the good length ball to point

End of over 16 (1 run) Afghanistan 70/8 (RR: 4.37)
Shapoor Zadran    0* (7b)      Sabbir Rahman    1-0-1-0
Dawlat Zadran    1* (4b)      Mahmudullah    4-1-8-1

Mushi's ringing in the changes. Farhad Reza with some medium pace

Yasir: "Really disappointed. With mindset and selection of Afghan team today. See the records of Naib and Taraki. Taraki didn't play a game for nearly 2 and half years and then asked to open in a crucial worldcup opener."

16.1

Farhad Reza to Dawlat Zadran, 1 wide, starts off with a fuller ball down the leg side. Dawlat looks to nudge it to fine leg, doesn't connect

16.1

Farhad Reza to Dawlat Zadran, no run, fuller and a bit outside off, Dawlat stayed leg side of it and looks to smear it over the covers, misses again

16.2

Farhad Reza to Dawlat Zadran, OUT, caught as he was backpedaling from cover. This was slower and fuller with a bit of width to entice him and Dawlat could not help himself. Cleared his front leg and searched for the cover boundary to no avail

Dawlat Zadran c Mahmudullah b Farhad Reza 1 (10m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 16.66

Last man in is Aftab Alam

16.3

Farhad Reza to Shapoor Zadran, no run, fullish on leg stump, safely defended

16.4

Farhad Reza to Shapoor Zadran, no run, fullish on middle, Shapoor presents a dead bat

Zaki: "No DRS in WT20. BCCI ruling the ICC already" Actually, DRS was never used in T20s

16.5

Farhad Reza to Shapoor Zadran, 1 run, fullish on middle and leg, clipped through the vacant midwicket region

16.6

Farhad Reza to Aftab Alam, no run, wide yorker, Aftab flashes and misses

End of over 17 (2 runs) Afghanistan 72/9 (RR: 4.23)
Aftab Alam    0* (1b)      Farhad Reza    1-0-2-1
Shapoor Zadran    1* (10b)      Sabbir Rahman    1-0-1-0

17.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Shapoor Zadran, OUT, everyone's on the floor after this! Shapoor goes down the track against the slow bowler and misses the flighted ball completely. Turns to smack into middle stump. Shapoor had lost his balance and went down. Mushi, behind the stumps, is struck by the ball in his eye. The physio has a hand around him as the players walk off. Seemed ugly, but I hope he's alright

Shapoor Zadran b Shakib Al Hasan 1 (13m 11b 0x4 0x6) SR: 9.09

4.55 pm Afghanistan said they were under no pressure and they did play like that, the only thing is that they refused to learn from their mistakes. And boy were there many! The pitch offered a bit of turn and bounce and the Bangladesh spinners came into their own wonderfully well. Shakib and Razzak were particularly good and have forced Afghanistan to their lowest ever T20 total. Stay with us as we bring you the chase in about 10 minutes

chotu: "keepers should learn something from the Mark Boucher's incident. #wearhelmets"

Riaz: "Really disappointed with Afghanistan! I thought they were good in T20 matches. Sad to see them all out at 72. Did they not practice against spin??"

"It was helping a bit and there was turn there. You expect that in subcontinent," says Abdur Razzak, "I tried to bowl in the right channel and the extra bounce helped. We weren't under the pressure, the media said that. This is cricket and anything can happen, but we'll try to do our best"

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Mar 16, 2014

The umpires have a word with Mohammad Nabi after things got heated on the field, Bangladesh v Afghanistan, World T20, Qualifying Group A, March 16, 2014

The umpires have a word with Mohammad Nabi after things got heated on the field

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Mar 16, 2014

A glum Afghanistan dugout surveys proceedings, Bangladesh v Afghanistan, World T20, Qualifying Group A, March 16, 2014

A glum Afghanistan dugout surveys proceedings

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