Afghanistan's World Cup debut was the story of the day in Canberra but Mashrafe Mortaza's Bangladesh won by 105 runs to assuage worries of an early meltdown at the hands of the newcomers
The long-lasting memory of a young batsman we have never seen before is of that one brilliant shot announcing his arrival
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
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
Hamid's headband, Shapoor's distance sprint to the wicket, and Mirwais' shining scalp provided examples of the glories of an inclusive global tournament
Plays of the day from the World Cup Group A match between Bangladesh and Afghanistan in Canberra
Stats highlights from the Group A match between Afghanistan and Bangladesh in Canberra
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
#BendTheRules moments from the Group A match between Afghanistan and Bangladesh
Bangladesh are expected to win over a side that, as Afghanistan coach Andy Moles pointed out, was not even in the ICC when Bangladesh played in their first World Cup in 1999
Afghanistan's first World Cup could be their last, but no one who saw the passionate scenes of their opening game will want that outcome
The young Bangladesh side, in many ways, represents the transition and growth of cricket and its infrastructure in the country. The World Cup is a chance to test these systems
Mushfiqur Rahim's quickfire 71 from just 56 balls helped Bangladesh beat Afghanistan by 105 runs in their World Cup 2015 Pool A match played at the Manuka Oval, Canberra on Wednesday.
Wickets lost by Afghanistan in the first three overs. They have never lost as many.
Bangladesh's score after 20 overs, their second-lowest against a non-Test nation (since 2001)
Number of times that Afghanistan have played Bangladesh in an ODI. Afghanistan won that encounter (Asia Cup, 2014)