RESULT
3rd Match, Group B (N), Sharjah, August 30, 2022, Asia Cup
(18.3/20 ov, T:128) 131/3

Afghanistan won by 7 wickets (with 9 balls remaining)

Player Of The Match
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mujeeb-ur-rahman
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Scorecard summary
Bangladesh 127/7(20 overs)
Afghanistan 131/3(18.3 overs)

And on that note on behalf of Hemant and Thilak, it's goodbye. Thanks for tuning in, and be sure to join us again tomorrow as India will be in action against Hong Kong.

Player of the match Mujeeb Ur Rahman: "My strength is bowling with the new ball, in Dubai I didn't get the chance. I always prefer to bowl in the powerplay. My whole plan was to bowl wicket to wicket and it worked for me."

Winning captain Mohammed Nabi: "Everyone knows Rashid and Mujeeb are world class spinners, that's why we were in the game in the first 10 overs. We were ahead of the game cos we got early wickets. Everyone knows we have power hitters in the death. That's we made sure not to lose early wickets, so that our power hitters could finish the game."

Catch of the Match goes to Ibrahim Zadran for his take to dismiss Mahmudullah.

Losing captain Shakib Al Hasan: "Yes it was always tough when you lose four wickets in the first 7,8 overs. But I thought the bowlers bowled exceptionally well to get us back into the game. Credit to Afghanistan though they played really well. We know that Najibullah is a dangerous player. On a wicket like this we thought we had the game, but credit to how they batted."

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Vinay : "Amazing! fantabulous! Zadrans! Afghans! Superlative effort twice in a row now. I don't want to jinx it but watch out India and watch out Pakistan. This could very well be the tournament of Afghans. Simply astounding :-)"

Tushar Pabbi: "Afghanistan were at 65 after 14 overs, ended at 131 in 18.3 overs, doubled the score in 4.3 overs. Power hitting."

Najibullah Zadran: "The wicket was coming a bit low. I looked to hit it straight, and just play my natural game." Not a man of many words, but who needs 'em eh when you can hit like that?

10.37pm Well! Think we all need a breather after that. What a display of power hitting at the death from this pair of Zadrans, who from a position of quite some strife absolutely obliterated the Bangladeshi bowlers, to turn the game on its head and secure a place in the next round. It was a 69-run partnership off just 36 deliveries, after Bangladesh had seemingly fought back into a match-winning position. In the end it was a consummate all-round performance from Afghanistan, as their bowlers had earlier done well to strangle the Bangladeshi batters for large parts of their innings. Then with the bat, they weathered some tight work from the Bangladesh spinners, before targeting the seamers to up the scoring rate and take the win.

18.3
6
Mosaddek to Zadran, SIX runs

What a way to win it! This was in the slot, and Najibullah just leans back a launches this flat and straight down the ground. What a statement of intent from this young Afghanistan team!

18.2
1
Mosaddek to Ibrahim Zadran, 1 run

length ball, hit in the air towards deep midwicket

18.1
Mosaddek to Ibrahim Zadran, no run

length ball nudged onside

Mosaddek back into the attack

end of over 1822 runs
AFG: 124/3CRR: 6.88 RRR: 2.00 • Need 4 from 12b
Najibullah Zadran37 (16b 1x4 5x6)
Ibrahim Zadran41 (39b 4x4)
Mohammad Saifuddin 2-0-27-1
Mustafizur Rahman 3-0-30-0
17.6
6
Saifuddin to Zadran, SIX runs

And now it's crunched over long off! This is marginally over pitched and it's outta here! Afghanistan are just four away from securing a place in the next round!

17.5
6
Saifuddin to Zadran, SIX runs

Another six! How do I even describe this?! This was short and he ends pull/hook/scoop/ramping this over square leg. Incredible hit! Watch it on tv if you can!

17.5
1w
Saifuddin to Zadran, 1 wide

wide outside off, and this one brings up the fifty partnership!

17.4
Saifuddin to Zadran, no run

goes again, but this time gets a thick inside edge onto the pads

17.3
4
Saifuddin to Zadran, FOUR runs

And they keep finding the gaps! Length ball, just backs away smacks this between long on and deep midwicket!

Mxpa : "Madhushka I'm living in a cricket dream..Today I'm a AFG fan for two reasons one is for their rising other is for Our SL lions " I imagine you're not alone.

17.2
1
Saifuddin to Ibrahim Zadran, 1 run

back of a length on the stumps, stays back and knocks this towards square leg for a single

17.1
4
Saifuddin to Ibrahim Zadran, FOUR runs

Finds the gap at midwicket! This was full and on the pads, and Ibrahim just flicks this into the gap. The timing again is pristine.

Azweer : "Someone expected a Hardik, but a Rishabh pant comes out in the name of Najibullah Zadran."

26 needed from 18. Was that the over that took the game away from Bangladesh?

end of over 1717 runs
AFG: 102/3CRR: 6.00 RRR: 8.66 • Need 26 from 18b
Ibrahim Zadran36 (37b 3x4)
Najibullah Zadran21 (12b 3x6)
Mustafizur Rahman 3-0-30-0
Mahedi Hasan 4-0-26-0
16.6
1
Mustafizur to Ibrahim Zadran, 1 run

full on off, driven down to sweeper cover

16.5
1
Mustafizur to Zadran, 1 run

Length outside off, and swings again. This time he slices this high towards cover. But it falls safe as the sweeper comes around to collect.

16.4
6
Mustafizur to Zadran, SIX runs

My word what a hit! This is in the slot outside off, and Najibullah just short arm jabs this over long off! Flat and hard, this was timed exquisitely. And that brings up the 100 as well!

16.4
1w
Mustafizur to Zadran, 1 wide

Extremely wide of off, the pressure is beginning to tell.

16.3
Mustafizur to Zadran, no run

Around the wicket, and he beats him outside off. Najibullah looks to go across the line and misses.

16.2
6
Mustafizur to Zadran, SIX runs

Pulled for six! This was the short boundary, and so he didn't really need to time this pull to perfection. The man in the deep thinks he's in it for a moment, but it just keeps going.

16.2
1w
Mustafizur to Zadran, 1 wide

short, too short! This has some tennis ball bounce well over the keeper, and Mushfiqur does well to leap and keep this to just the single extra.

Pratim: "India won it from exactly the same situation. Someone has to be the Hardik of AFG!"

16.1
1
Mustafizur to Ibrahim Zadran, 1 run

length outside off, deftly guided down to third man

43 from 24. Mustafizur returns. I imagine they will look to target him.

end of over 169 runs
AFG: 85/3CRR: 5.31 RRR: 10.75 • Need 43 from 24b
Najibullah Zadran8 (8b 1x6)
Ibrahim Zadran34 (35b 3x4)
Mahedi Hasan 4-0-26-0
Taskin Ahmed 3-0-22-0
15.6
Mahedi Hasan to Zadran, no run

Swing and a miss, as this is pushed through quicker outside off.

15.5
6
Mahedi Hasan to Zadran, SIX runs

Swatted over cow corner! First six of the innings and what a time to get it. This was short of a length in the slot and he gets really good hold of it!

Best performances - batters
Mosaddek Hossain
Mosaddek Hossain BAN
48 runs (31)
4 fours1 six
Control
84%
Productive shot
flick
18 runs
2 fours0 six
6101742810
Najibullah Zadran
Najibullah Zadran AFG
43 runs (17)
1 four6 sixes
Control
70%
Productive shot
off drive
18 runs
0 four3 sixes
600665182
Best performances - bowlers
Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Mujeeb Ur Rahman AFG
O
4
M
0
R
16
W
3
ECO
4
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
2W
Rashid Khan
Rashid Khan AFG
O
4
M
0
R
22
W
3
ECO
5.5
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
2W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Sharjah Cricket Stadium
TossBangladesh, elected to bat first
Series
Season2022
Player Of The Match
Afghanistan
Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Match numberT20I no. 1753
Match days30 August 2022 - night (20-over match)
Umpires
Pakistan
Asif Yaqoob
India
Jayaraman Madanagopal
TV Umpire
India
Anil Chaudhary
Reserve Umpire
Pakistan
Ahsan Raza
Match Referee
New Zealand
Jeff Crowe
PointsAfghanistan 2, Bangladesh 0
Language
English
Hindi
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Asia Cup
Super Four
TEAMMWLPTNRR
SL33060.701
PAK3214-0.279
IND31221.607
AFG3030-2.006
Group A
TEAMMWLPTNRR
IND22041.096
PAK21123.811
HKG2020-4.875
Group B
TEAMMWLPTNRR
AFG22042.467
SL2112-2.233
BAN2020-0.576