About the Match
Bangladesh overcame some nervous jitters to win the 1st ODI against visitors Afghanistan and take a 1-0 lead; the two teams will face off in the 2nd ODI to be held at Dhaka on 28th September. The associates put up a tough fight chasing down 266 runs and almost crossed the finish line but were stifled by the hosts’ pace attack; they will try to keep the series alive with a much-needed win here. Bangladesh, on the other hand, will be vary of the Afghani bowlers, who were quite successful in containing the batsmen, and try to put up a better performance in order to win convincingly.
All-rounder Shakib-Al-Hasan became the country’s highest ODI wicket-taker by claiming 2-26 against Afghanistan in the first match; his feat not only overcame the dry spell the bowlers suffered for a good part of the second innings but also cause a dominos effect in the opposition camp. Fast-bowler Taskin Ahmed’s superb 4-59 in 8 overs clinched victory for the hosts while Mashrafe Mortaza, Taijul Islam and Rubel Hossain all contributed well to help the team win the match by a narrow 7 runs.
Earlier, opener Tamim Iqbal posted a brilliant 80 from 98 deliveries to build a solid foundation with Imrul Kayes, who scored 37 but the big runs were hard to get against the Afghani spin. Mahmudullah and Shakib then posted a 40-run stand for the 4th wicket to help them get to a respectable 265. Batsmen like Soumya Sarkar and Mushfiqur Rahim along with all-rounders Sabbir Rahman and Mashrafe Mortaza can try to keep the scoreboard ticking in the upcoming match.
Overall, the victory has boosted their morale and they will definitely try to do better with the bat on Wednesday; the bowling has been exceptional and they will try to exploit their strengths here again.
Fast-bowler Dawlat Zadran and spinner Mohammad Nabi wreaked havoc on the hosts’ middle order and stifled their run-flow with their wicket-taking skills; while Zadran finished with 4-73, Nabi picked up 2 scalps giving away only 4 runs per over. Rashid Khan, Mirwais Ashraf and Naveen-ul-Haq provided regular wickets and got the opponents all-out for just 265 runs.
The chase started well with Mohammad Shahzad scoring a quick fire 31 off 21 while Rahmat Shah and Shahidi posted a heroic 144-run stand for the 3rd wicket, which gave them hope to pull off a win. The two batsmen scored 70+ runs each and showcased their hard-hitting skills, leaving no stone unturned to get the team closer to the 266-run target. However, after their dismissals, it was a downward slope and despite a brave 30 by Nabi, they lost the match in the end.
The team came quite close to handing out a humiliating defeat to Bangladesh but they will be determined to inch closer to a win, this time, around with their band of spinners and pacers.
Although Bangladesh has the psychological advantage, they definitely will be cautious in their approach towards the Afghani bowlers; the contest could go down to the wire yet again but we feel that Afghanistan, which is quick to learn and pick itself up, could cause an upset with a win here on Wednesday