Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Bangladesh have gone on a victory lap of honour here. Thanking their fans. They haven't won the World Cup yet, though. Just shows how rare success at international level is for them that a win against Afghanistan is celebrated thusly

A comprehensive win for Bangladesh in response to their defeat at the hands of Afghanistan last year. The WC debutatnts began promisingly but Bangladesh were patient and waited for the inexperience to show. Mushfiqur and Shakib turned the game around with their fifties, and then the bowlers sealed the deal. That's all we have for you today. Thanks for joining us

"It's a great feeling," says Mushfiqur Rahim, the Man of the Match. "Credit also goes to openers. They didn't get the runs, but it is not that easy up front. They faced out important overs. Thanks to the crowd. My father is here, my uncle is here, it is a great moment.""Definitely first match is important and we have set the tone," says Mashrafe Mortaza. "We had a reasonable start today. Mushy and Shakib were brilliant. That kind of match where you have some pressure. I am happy we adapted. And thank you all the supporters."

"First 35 overs we bowled well," says Mohammad Nabi. "Especially fast bowlers. Mushfiq and Shakib played very well and took the score to 260. We lost too manyb wickets early, but Nawroz and Sami batted well. Not a good start in the World Cup. We hope to play well in the next match. Thanks to the crowd and to people back home."

Shakib Al Hasan to Aftab Alam, OUT, a run-out to end the match. The fervour with which Mushfiqur has broken the wicket shows how much it means to Bangladesh. A lot of confusion after the dive at cover-point. No time for Aftab to get back. I am surprised Mushfiq is not injured after violently breaking the wicket. A lot of anger on his face too

Aftab Alam run out (Soumya Sarkar/†Mushfiqur Rahim) 14 (27m 12b 2x4 1x6) SR: 116.66

Sakeeb Ferdous: "Nobody knows better than Mushfiqur Rahim as to how painful it was to suffer a 32-run defeat in their first ODI against Afghanistan at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium in March last year. That was one of the many crucial reasons behind him losing his ODI captaincy. But today, Mashrafe Mortaza must be very happy, as well as the whole Bangladesh. "

Shakib Al Hasan to Aftab Alam, SIX runs, that's a big six. This is a big straight boundary, and he jumps out of the crease to loft this dead straight for a six
Shakib Al Hasan to Aftab Alam, no run, tossed up, he is drawn out of the crease, takes it on the half-volley and edges it to point
Shakib Al Hasan to Aftab Alam, no run, flat length ball, defended off the front foot
Shakib Al Hasan to Shapoor Zadran, 1 run, short and flat, pulled away for a single

42 | 1 Run 1 Wkt | AFG: 155/9 (113 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 3.69, RRR: 14.12)

  • Shapoor Zadran1 (1b)
  • Aftab Alam8 (8b)
  • Taskin Ahmed7-0-23-1
  • Shakib Al Hasan8-0-36-2
Taskin Ahmed to Shapoor Zadran, 1 run, full and outside off, the edge goes wide of slip. He survives

Shapoor Zadran is the last man in

Taskin Ahmed to Hamid Hassan, OUT, swings hard at a length ball outside off, gets a thick edge that lobs up to point. One more wicket to go

Hamid Hassan c Anamul Haque b Taskin Ahmed 0 (5m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Taskin Ahmed to Hamid Hassan, no run, moves away to leave another widish ball alone

luke: ""tail enders just go after them". Absolutely true cos we're told 'respect the good balls' rather than taught how to play the bad ones }8["

Taskin Ahmed to Hamid Hassan, no run, moves away from the stumps again, hangs his bat up somewhere and the short ball comes and hits it
  • Soumya Sarkar's shot in the dark

    The long-lasting memory of a young batsman we have never seen before is of that one brilliant shot announcing his arrival

  • Batting reshuffle a needless complication

    The Bangladesh batsmen are already faced with the challenge of dealing with alien conditions. The last thing the team needs is an unwarranted rejig in the batting order

  • Umpiring confusion reigns again

    It took only seven balls for Samiullah Shenwari's delight at Afghanistan's first appearance in a World Cup to descend into personal disaster as the focus turned once again onto umpiring confusion

  • Bangladesh evade the banana peel

    Afghanistan were the bogey team and Bangladesh as the Full Member were expected to defeat them. Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan and Mashrafe Mortaza did just that

  • This is how good the World Cup could be

    Hamid's headband, Shapoor's distance sprint to the wicket, and Mirwais' shining scalp provided examples of the glories of an inclusive global tournament

Wicket, wicket, wicket


Wickets lost by Afghanistan in the first three overs. They have never lost as many.

The Slow Crawl


Bangladesh's score after 20 overs, their second-lowest against a non-Test nation (since 2001)

Associate - 1, Test nation - 0


Number of times that Afghanistan have played Bangladesh in an ODI. Afghanistan won that encounter (Asia Cup, 2014)