Home Cricket Afif And Mehidy Stitch Record Partnership to Help Bangladesh Sink Afghanistan in Series Opener

Afif And Mehidy Stitch Record Partnership to Help Bangladesh Sink Afghanistan in Series Opener

Afif And Mehidy Stitch Record Partnership to Help Bangladesh Sink Afghanistan in Series Opener

Afif Hossain and Mehidy Hasan shared a report 174-run seventh-wicket stand as Bangladesh recovered from a top-order collapse to beat Afghanistan by 4 wickets within the first one-day worldwide of a three-match collection in Chittagong on Wednesday.

Afif hit an unbeaten 93 off 115 balls whereas Mehidy added 81 not out, serving to Bangladesh attain 219-6 in 48.5 overs, after Afghanistan left-arm tempo bowler Fazalhaq Farooqi’s opening-spell burst diminished the hosts to 18-4 inside 5 overs.

Spinners Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Rashid Khan took one wicket apiece to depart Bangladesh struggling at 45-6 earlier than Afif and Mehidy turned the tide.

Earlier Mustafizur Rahman took 3-35 with Shoriful Islam (2-38), Shakib Al Hasan (2-50) and Taskin Ahmed (2-55) all making an affect as Bangladesh bowled out Afghanistan for 215 runs.

Despite the modest goal, Bangladesh have been in all types of hassle when Farooqi dismissed openers Tamim Iqbal (eight) and Liton Das (one) within the third over earlier than nabbing Mushfiqur Rahim (three) and debutant Yasir Ali (zero) within the subsequent.

Things turned worse for Bangladesh after Shakib Al Hasan dragged onto his stumps off Mujeeb Ur Rahman to depart for 10 and Rashid dismissed Mahmudullah for eight to depart Bangladesh in a precarious scenario.

But Afif, who hit 11 fours and a six in his career-best knock, and Mehidy ensured there was no additional injury.

Mehidy struck 9 fours in his third ODI fifty, additionally his private finest innings, which got here off 120 balls.

Their partnership surpassed Imrul Kayes and Mohammad Saifuddin’s 127 seventh-wicket report for Bangladesh, set towards Zimbabwe in 2018.

“The method the children performed, unbelievable, (I’m) very pleased and proud,” said Bangladesh skipper Tamim.

“Afghanistan have a great spin attack and the way these two handled (them) was amazing.”

Farooqi, probably the most profitable Afghanistan bowler, completed with 4-54 taking part in solely his second ODI.

“Farooqi bowled nicely on the prime. But I’ll give credit score to their batsmen,” said Afghanistan captain Hashmatullah Shahidi.

Afghanistan earlier lost regular wickets after they elected to bat first before Najibullah Zadran hit 67 runs to give their innings some respectability.

Rahmat Shah (34), skipper Hashmatullah Shahidi (28) and Mohammad Nabi (20) got starts but could not convert them into a big score.

Zadran put on 63 runs with Nabi for the fifth wicket to help Afghanistan recover from 102-4.

Shoriful ended Zadran’s patient 84-ball knock in the penultimate over as Mahmudullah Riyad took the catch at long-on.

Mustafizur wrapped up Afghanistan’s innings three balls later – in 49.1 overs – with the wicket of Yamin Ahmadzai.

The second match of the series was due to be held at the same ground on Friday.

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