3rd ODI (D/N), Mirpur, October 01, 2016, Afghanistan tour of Bangladesh
(33.5/50 ov, T:280) 138

Bangladesh won by 141 runs

Player Of The Match
118 (118)
Player Of The Series
218 runs
Full commentary

That is all we have from this match. Important times coming up for Bangladesh with a tough series against England which begins in under a week's time. This match and the landmark win should certainly come as encouraging signs, but tougher tests await. Much to look forward to before that, of course. Pakistan and West Indies face off in the second ODI tomorrow, and of course, there is the Eden Gardens Test between India and New Zealand. Hope to catch you then. Cheers!

Mashrafe Mortaza: Hopefully, it (the leg) will be alright. At the moment, there is still a little bit of pain, but I expect it to be alright. Th way the team has been performing for the last one to one-and-a-half years has been delightful. Lot of important series coming up, hopefully the boys can keep it up. I think that''s a sign of improvement. Once they get the chance, they come and perform. That's how the team improves, and I think that's how the team will go forward. They have been phenomenal for the last 8-10 years, they've been performing superbly for the team. The way the seniors have been performing is what the team needs, hopefully, they can continue that. starting after 10 months was hard, but I think this game has come as a boost to the boys. We still have 10 days, hopefully we can work hard and come and perform well against England.

Tamim is also the Man of the Series

Tamim: Yes, it finally happened. I should have got it in the first game, I thought, but at the end of the day, I got it in the third ODI and I'm happy. It wasn't the easiest wicket to bat on, I thought the ball was spinning a bit early on. The wicket was hard and dry. I took my time and finally got a hundred. Sabbir is an exciting player. That's (England series) a big one. The boys are all pumped up and hopefully we can have a good series.

Tamim Iqbal is the Man of the Match for his century

Asghar Stanikzai, Afghanistan captain: First of all, congratulations to the Bangladesh team. They played very well, especially Tamim, which is why they won the match. The first two games, we played according to the plan. Today, especially the bowlers didn't bowl according to the plan, which is why they made 280 runs on this wicket. Such a good experience against Bangladesh in Bangladesh. We will take all of that experience, and hopefully, we will come here the next time and do better.

So a thumping 141-run rout of Afghanistan for the 100th ODI win for Bangladesh. And it is a victory that has been well-earned. They have thoroughly outplayed Afghanistan in every regard - with the bat, with the ball and on the field. In keeping with the landmark win, another record was created with Tamim Iqbal registering his seventh ODI century - the highest for any Bangladesh player. Not to forget the contributions of Sabbir Rahman who built a solid platform with Tamim, and Mahmudullah who gave them the late surge. Afghanistan had to endure many embarrassing moments on the field, their day filled with several blunders on the field. But while their bowlers showed some fight, the batsmen were nowhere in the contest. But for a brief second-wicket stand between Nawroz Mangal and Rahmat Shah, there was no semblance of a fight. And Bangladesh were also the better side by a distance as far as fielding is concerned. They nailed a couple of direct hits that sped up the Afghanistan collapse. All in all, a clinical performance to earn a historic win.

Shafiul to Zadran, OUT

slower ball, doesn't pick it up. Tries to go big over long-off and does not get enough on it. He is undone by the lack of pace on that delivery, the shot doesn't carry too far. The bowler runs back and holds on to it

Dawlat Zadran c Sabbir Rahman b Shafiul Islam 0 (5m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0
Shafiul to Zadran, no run

fires it on the pads, clipped away to midwicket

Shafiul to Zadran, no run

short of a length, angling in, keeps a tad low but Dawlat manages to keep it out to midwicket off the backfoot

Shafiul to Zadran, no run

short and wide, looks to slap it and misses

Shafiul to Zadran, no run

short of a length outside off, jumps back in his crease to ride the bounce and bunts it back to the bowler

end of over 336 runs • 2 wickets
AFG: 138/9CRR: 4.18 RRR: 8.35
Mirwais Ashraf4 (3)
Dawlat Zadran0 (1)
Mosaddek Hossain 1-0-5-1
Shakib Al Hasan 6-0-34-0
Mosaddek to Mirwais, FOUR runs

width on offer and it keeps low but Ashraf manages to cut it away square of the wicket to the boundary

Mosaddek to Mirwais, no run

comes forward and defends back to the bowler

Mosaddek to Mirwais, 1 wide

fired down the leg side and called a wide

Mosaddek to Mirwais, no run

tucked behind square on the leg side

Mosaddek to Zadran, 1 bye

full and outside off, presses forward and looks to defend but that kept really low, almost rolled along to the wicketkeeper who fails to collect it cleanly

Mosaddek to Zadran, OUT

both halves of the partnership have now been dismissed. It was floated up and on off, tempted him to go for a big drive and that is exactly what the batsman does, only that he gets a big outside edge that is snaffled at first slip. Bangladesh one wicket away from their 100th ODI win

Najibullah Zadran c Sabbir Rahman b Mosaddek Hossain 26 (43m 19b 0x4 4x6) SR: 136.84
Mosaddek to Rashid Khan, OUT

pitched up outside off and gets forward and taps it to point. They take off for a quick single though it goes directly to him. Direct hit at the non-striker's end and the umpire takes a long time before deciding to go upstairs. Looks like he is safe initially, but replays show that he out of his crease by more than a mile. Direct hits are always close and this one showed why. The third umpire presses the wrong button and the crowd is stunned momentarily but the big screen flashes the right decision eventually

Rashid Khan run out (Mahmudullah) 17 (34m 22b 3x4 0x6) SR: 77.27

Mosaddek Hossain back into the attack..

end of over 3213 runs
AFG: 132/7CRR: 4.12 RRR: 8.22
Najibullah Zadran26 (18)
Rashid Khan17 (21)
Shakib Al Hasan 6-0-34-0
Shafiul Islam 5-0-28-0
Shakib to Zadran, SIX runs

comes down the track and launches it clean over long-off. Some powerful strikes in that over!

Shakib to Zadran, no run

defended back to the bowler

Shakib to Zadran, SIX runs

comes down the track and clears long-on with the turn

Shakib to Zadran, no run

goes for a reverse sweep and is struck on the pad. Appeal for lbw but the impact was outside off. Actually, it hits him on the forearm

Shakib to Zadran, no run

presses forward and defends to point

Shakib to Rashid Khan, 1 run

loopy delivery that is angled down to leg and turns away sharply, gets it away to short third man after opening the face of his bat

end of over 3111 runs
AFG: 119/7CRR: 3.83 RRR: 8.47
Najibullah Zadran14 (13)
Rashid Khan16 (20)
Shafiul Islam 5-0-28-0
Mosharraf Hossain 8-1-24-3

Drinks are on the field now..

Shafiul to Zadran, SIX runs

what a hit! That was full and outside off, right in the slot for Najibullah who hammers it over long-on. That is as clean a hit as you will see

Shafiul to Rashid Khan, 1 run

short and wide, slapped uppishly and the ball goes on the bounce to third man

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