Afghanistan stun Bangladesh in Dhaka

29 September 2016

Afghanistan level three-match series after tense two-wicket win over Bangladesh

Bangladesh v Afghanistan ODIs, Second ODI


Afghanistan skipper Asghar Stanikzai top scored with 57 as his side stunned Bangladesh by claiming a two-wicket victory in the second one-day international in Dhaka.

Afghanistan's bowlers set up the shock result as leg-spinner Rashid Khan took 3-35 and Mohammad Nabi claimed 2-16 to help the visitors dismiss Bangladesh for a modest 208 runs on a slow pitch at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.

Man-of-the-match Nabi showed his all-round skill in scoring 49 and putting on 107 runs with Stanikzai in the fifth wicket as Afghanistan recovered from 4-63 to reach 8-212, completing their second win against Bangladesh in four meetings.

It's only the 10th time in 27 attempts that Afghanistan has beaten a Test-playing nation in ODI cricket, with eight victories against Zimbabwe and two against the Tigers.

Stanikzai hit four fours and two sixes in his 95 balls to atone for some of his causal batting in the opening match, which saw Afghanistan lose by seven runs despite dominating Bangladesh's bowlers for large periods of the match.

Stanikzai pulls during his match-winning knock // Getty Images
Stanikzai pulls during his match-winning knock // Getty Images

Defending a modest score, Shakib Al Hasan gave Bangladesh some hope with three early wickets before finishing with 4-47, but Nabi and Stanikzai stood firm to put Afghanistan in a strong position.

Mashrafe Mortaza trapped Nabi leg-before to end their partnership before debutant Mosaddek Hossain, who claimed 2-30, including a wicket with his first ball, removed Stanikzai.

But Najibullah Zadran made 22 and the lower order gave him valuable support to see Afghanistan home, making the third and final match on October 1 the series decider.

Stanikzai hailed his bowlers for their brilliant effort.

"This match, the credit goes to the team. Nabi and Rashid bowled really well," he said.

"The ball reversed in the end, but Najib did it for us."

Earlier, Bangladesh could only pass the 200-run mark thanks to an unbeaten 45 runs of Mosaddek, who shared 43 runs with Rubel Hossain for the last wicket.

First ODI: Bangladesh claim 1-0 series lead

Put into bat first, Bangladesh, who were looking for their 100th ODI win, made a cautious start with the opening pair fetching 45 runs.

Mirwais Ashraf, who claimed 2-23, removed openers Tamim Iqbal (20) and Soumya Sarkar (20) before Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah revived the innings, adding 61 runs for the third wicket.

But the Afghan spinners took control of the proceedings once Naveen-ul-Haq bowled Mahmudullah for 25.

Rahim, who scored 38, soon followed while Nabi trapped Shakib Al Hasan leg-before for 17.

Bangladesh captain Mortaza lamented his side's poor batting.

"(Our) batting wasn't up to the mark. The wicket was on the slow side, and after getting 20-30 runs, somebody should have made a good score," he said.

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