4th Match, Super Four, Abu Dhabi, Sep 23 2018, Asia Cup
(50 ov, target 250)246/7
Bangladesh won by 3 runs
player of the match
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• The Report by Mohammad Isam

Mustafizur defends seven in last over to knock out Afghanistan

As impressive as Afghanistan had been in the Asia Cup, they are out of the tournament having failed in their first chase, which was their second straight loss in the Super Fours

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Scorer: @Thilak_Rama
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Scorecard summary
Bangladesh249/7(50 overs)
Afghanistan246/7(50 overs)
end of over 504 runs • 1 wicket
AFG: 246/7CRR: 4.92 
Samiullah Shinwari23 (19)
Gulbadin Naib0 (2)
Mustafizur Rahman9-1-44-2
Shakib Al Hasan9-0-55-1

11:54pm And that is all we have tonight. Thanks for joining us and we hope you had fun. See you again on Tuesday. Good night!

Mahmudullah: Weather was hot and I was feeling a bit dried up. But we did it in the end, credit must go to Mustafiz. We knew they had some good hitters an they held their nerve well but in the end we came out on top, so a good team effort. It always feels happy to contribute to the team. Me and Imrul had a good partnership. We were trying to get to the end. But in the end it was the bowlers who defended it. We have to bring our A-game for the Pakistan match.

Mahmudullah is the Man of the Match.

Mashrafe: End of the match, Mustafiz was a magician. Lost so many matches [where] couldn't score 8-9 runs but we defended it today. Hadn't given up - Shakib bowled really well in his last three balls. After that we told Mustafiz to look for wickets because they would have missed it. But first have to give credit to Mahmudullah and Imrul Kayes. Mustafiz cramped a bit, we wanted him to bowl 10 overs but he couldn't. Couldn't even bowl yorker because he had a cramp in his calf. Hopefully we'll have a good crack at the virtual semi-final.

Asghar Afghan: Congratulations to Bangladesh. Painful game. 8 off 6 is not difficult because Rashid, Nabi, Shenwari can do it. But I will give credit to him, he bowled his variations. Everything was going to plan. Again we lost in the last over. Again the batsmen going for big shots at the end, which didn't work. We have learnt a lot, especially because we are playing against full-members.

Muhammad Awais: "Cricket is a cruel game but we still love it... Afghans played quite well .Happy to see one more emerging side from Asia .. PAKvsBD match is semi final now .. "

Pavankumar: "In both the super 4 matches Afghan was very much likely to win the game till 49.1 overs... Eventually they lost both games in 49.2 & 49.3 "

Karthik R: "Heart break again for Afghan. But they have fought very well and heartening to see a relatively new side make huge strides so fast. Hoping they learn from these close losses and come out trumps in the near future esp with WC2019 around the corner."

Mahneel Musa: "Bangladesh have had way too many heartbreaks in the final overs and probably needed this last over win more than anything else. Fairplay to Afghanistan for a brilliant show. Dhaka will not sleep tonight!"

11:37pm Four off the last over. Bangladesh have held on. What a comeback win for them. They looked out of it halfway through their batting innings. There were moments where they seemed to have given it away with the ball as well, but they've done it. Mortaza was due to bowl the 46th over, but he decided to hand it to Mustafiz to get three overs out of him. Was that the turning point? Sure seems so now. Afghanistan cannot qualify for the final any longer. Mahmudullah, Imrul Kayes, Mashrafe and Mustafiz have got in their way. What a game.

Mustafizur to Samiullah Shinwari, no run

chucks the bat as he looks to bludgeon this into the leg side! He hasn't made connection before that mind you. Afghanistan have heartbreak again. Short and wide ball outside off. Shuffles, goes across the line. That hasn't worked at all against Mustafiz today, and it won't work in the last over.

Third man moves fine. The rest of the field remains as it is.

Shenwari needs to hit a four.

Mustafizur to Gulbadin, 1 leg bye

off the thigh as he looks to ramp this. Short of a length outside off, he can only deflect it to short fine

Mustafizur to Gulbadin, no run

beaten! An offcutter in the corridor, swings across the line and this goes through from under his bat

Mustafizur to Samiullah Shinwari, 1 leg bye

is that out at short fine? No says the umpire. Leg byes he says! Short ball on the pads, he's cramped on the pull. It has definitely pinged off the thigh guard but was there glove first? Nope, there wasn't.

6 to win off 4. The field has stayed the same. They've crossed over so Shenwari is on strike.

Mustafizur to Rashid Khan, OUT

chipped back to the bowler. This is good bowling. Cramps him with a short ball at waist height. He's looking to pull and is done by the climb and the angle. Mustafiz barely has to move to get this.

Rashid Khan c & b Mustafizur Rahman 5 (4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 125
Mustafizur to Rashid Khan, 2 runs

nicely done. Anticipates the angle across, anticipates the offcutter, stays deep in the crease and slices it wide of extra cover. Sweeper has some running to his right

Mid-off is in. Extra cover, point, short fine the others in.

end of over 4911 runs • 1 wicket
AFG: 242/6CRR: 4.93 RRR: 8.00 • Need 8 from 6b
Rashid Khan3 (2)
Samiullah Shinwari23 (17)
Shakib Al Hasan9-0-55-1
Mustafizur Rahman8-1-42-1

Well this is it. They've been calling for Rashid all night. He'll face Mustafiz. Eight to get.

Shakib to Rashid Khan, 1 run

misses out on the full toss after stepping out and cutting out some room. Another misses opportunity? Lifts it over cover and Shenwari says no to the second run

Shakib to Rashid Khan, 2 runs

steps out and is beaten on flight, but adjusts nicely to chop this through point

Shakib to Samiullah Shinwari, 1 run

misses out on the short ball. Ooooh big moment. Short and into leg stump. Closes the face too early on the pull and it's a harmless top edge to short fine's right

Rashid is in. 12 off 9.

Shakib to M Nabi, OUT

hits a full toss straight to long-off! Oh that's unfortunate for Nabi. Looks like he wanted to hit it wider but it's come off the toe. He made this a full toss and went inside-out. But Shanto covered good ground and was strong as he took this with a lunge to his left

Mohammad Nabi c Najmul Hossain Shanto b Shakib Al Hasan 38 (28b 2x4 2x6) SR: 135.71
Shakib to M Nabi, SIX runs

sends it a long way! Another glorious straight hit from Nabi against Shakib. Sees the loop, gets down to meet it at the pitch on off stump and goes with the turn

Shakib to Samiullah Shinwari, 1 run

length ball into the pads, dropped in front of midwicket with soft hands

Third man and fine leg in. Extra cover and midwicket in.

end of over 4812 runs
AFG: 231/5CRR: 4.81 RRR: 9.50 • Need 19 from 12b
Mohammad Nabi32 (26)
Samiullah Shinwari21 (15)
Mustafizur Rahman8-1-42-1
Mashrafe Mortaza10-0-62-2

19 off 12. It will be Shakib. What a big over this is.

Mustafizur to M Nabi, FOUR runs

gets it past short fine! The option's been there and they finally take it. Length ball going across off stump, as it has been. Nabi gets inside the line and flicks it fine. Great skill. And now the pressure is on Bangladesh.

Mustafizur to M Nabi, 2 runs

steal the second. Length ball across off, he gets behind it and drags it wide of mid-on. Deep midwicket has a long way to go to his left and he won't stop the second

Mustafizur to M Nabi, no run

appeal for lbw as he looks to whip this into the leg side. He's caught on the back foot. That's pitching outside leg...and missing off

25 off 15 required.

Mustafizur to Samiullah Shinwari, 1 run

Bangladesh review an lbw. Offcutter at a length on the stumps, Shenwari looks to sweep him. This could be both pitching outside leg and missing off. Apart from a possibility of getting glove on it...which he has.

Mustafizur to Samiullah Shinwari, FOUR runs

clears deep midwicket who is a long way in from the boundary! Nazmul Shanto is forced to jump up one-handed but he won't get it. Full pace bouncer outside off, Shenwari nails the pull

Mustafizur to M Nabi, 1 run

length ball across the corridor, shuffles a long way across and punches to deep midwicket against the angle

end of over 4711 runs
AFG: 219/5CRR: 4.65 RRR: 10.33 • Need 31 from 18b
Mohammad Nabi25 (22)
Samiullah Shinwari16 (13)
Mashrafe Mortaza10-0-62-2
Mustafizur Rahman7-1-30-1

Could've had a few more, but that's a good over for Afghanistan. They've got 20 off their last two. They need 31 off their last three. And Bangladesh have a bit of a tactical issue about who will bowl their 49th over now.

Mortaza to M Nabi, 1 run

yorker on leg stump, back in the crease to flick this to deep midwicket

Mortaza to M Nabi, no run

beaten. Oh misses out on a length ball. It's angled across the corridor. Point and third man are in. But he looks to club into the leg side

Best performances - batters
Mahmudullah BDESH
74 runs (81)
3 fours
2 sixes
Productive shot
cut shot
25 runs
2 fours
0 six
Imrul Kayes
Imrul Kayes BDESH
72 runs (89)
6 fours
0 six
Productive shot
20 runs
0 four
0 six
Best performances - bowlers
Aftab Alam
Aftab Alam AFG
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
Mustafizur Rahman
Mustafizur Rahman BDESH
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
Match details
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
TossBangladesh, elected to bat first
SeriesAsia Cup
Player Of The Match
Match numberODI no. 4045
Hours of play (local time)15.30 start, First Session 15.30-19.00 Interval 19.00-19.45, Second Session 19.45-23.15
Match days23 September 2018 - day(50-over match)
ODI debut
Nazmul Islam
Nazmul Islam
South Africa Image
Marais Erasmus
India Image
Nitin Menon
TV Umpire
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Shaun George
Reserve Umpire
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Ahsan Raza
Match Referee
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Andy Pycroft
PointsBangladesh 2, Afghanistan 0