Asia Cup: Rashid Khan Stars in Afghanistan’s Win vs Bangladesh

Tabitha Dunn
September 21, 2018

Birthday boy Rashid scored a quickfire half-century - an unbeaten 57 off 32 in an unbroken partnership of 95 runs with Naib who scored 42 not out. It's with this backdrop that they meet Bangladesh again on September 20 in Abu Dhabi, in a match that doesn't matter much as far as the Asia Cup scenarios are concerned given both sides have qualified to the next round.Both sides are here after defeating Sri Lanka convincingly. Considering both these teams will be in action the very next day after facing each other, it will be interesting to see if the intensity will still remain high for an inconsequential match that will be played under sweltering heat.

This was Bangladesh´s lowest total against Afghanistan by some distance - their previous lowest against the Afghans was 208 in Dhaka two years ago.

Electing to bat first, Bangladesh posted 279/8 and then wrapped up Afghanistan's innings for just 138 runs. In a group that also had 1996 World Cup champions, Sri Lanka, it is Bangladesh and Afghanistan who have secured qualification to the Super Fours of the Asia Cup 2018.

Where will the Asia Cup 2018 match between Bangladesh and Afghanistan be played? That's how impressive they have been of late.

Bangladesh, on the other hand, was sensational in their 137 run victory over Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup 2018 opener.

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Where is Asia Cup 2018 Bangladesh vs Afghanistan ODI? But what impressed everyone was how good the Bangladesh team was bowling out Sri Lanka for just 124 runs.

Afghanistan will now take on Pakistan in their first Super Four round game.

Afghanistan (Playing XI): Mohammad Shahzad (wicket keeper), Ihsanullah Janat, Rahmat Shah, Asghar Afghan (captain), Hashmatullah Shahidi, Samiullah Shenwari, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Aftab Alam and Mujeeb Ur Rahman. Nazmul Hossain Shanto is likely to open with Liton Das, else Mohammad Mithun will be promoted.

Mushfiqur Rahim needs 28 runs to become the third Bangladesh player to score 5000 runs in ODIs after Tamim Iqbal & Shakib Al Hasan.

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