In the 1st match of the World T20 Qualifiers the hosts Bangladesh cruise to a comfortable victory over Afghanistan. Bangladesh chased down Afghanistan’s 72 in just 12 overs with losing just a wicket.
Match Report: Qualifiers: Group A: Match 1: Bangladesh vs Afghanistan. March 16, 2014, Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, Bangladesh
The most anticipated 1st ball of the tournament began with Mohammad Shehzad, commonly known as MS Doni of Afghanistan for copying him tried to go for a huge heave over cover was been caught by Mahmudullah off Mortaza the comeback of Bangladesh after they invited to Afghanistan to bat. Another opener Najeed and no.3 batsman Gulbadin tried to build the innings. They went for some useless strokes but survived on couple of occasions.
But Afghanistan collapse started in 6th over. On the 1st ball of the over Shakib Al Hasan dropped Gulbadin of his own bowling which went to four. But Shakib came back well dismissing both the batsmen in spare of two balls reducing Afghan to 36/3. Gulbadin top edged going for a sweep and Najeed too tried to slog and was dismissed. Soon on the 1st ball of 7th over, Nawroz Mangal was run-out trying to steer a quick run. Captain Nabi tried to rebuilt the innings but he was too dismissed, as he was caught in front of Abdul Razzak in 10th over. Karim was too dismissed by a Direct Hit after scoring 10 in 12th over.
Shafiqullah looked good hitting too boundaries of Razzak, but in the same over Afghanistan’s Asia Cup Hero Shenwari was trapped in front of wickets for 1. But the final blow for Afghan came in the next over; 15th over of the innings bowled by Mahmadullah who dismissed Shafiqullah who nicked to keeper. The tail couldn’t do much as they played 13 bals after 8th wicket before losing 9th scoring one more in this span. And finally in the 18th over, Shakib Al Hasan finished the Afghanistan’s innings by dismissing Shapoor.
Chasing a mere total of 73, Bangladesh started cautiously. Openers Tamim Iqbal and Anamul Haque scored 16 in 4 fours against a tight Afghanistan bowling. But from 5th over they started to raise the rate. Anamul hit six in each of 5th and 6th overs, which yielded them 20 runs. After putting on 45 for the opening wicket in 7.4 overs Tamim Iqbal was plumb in front of the stumps of Shenwari. Tamim Iqbal scored 21 off 27 balls, which included 2 boundaries.
But the fall of wicket was too late as they still needed 28 from 12.2 overs with Shakib Al Hasan joined Anamul. Both kept the going without any troubles as they finished of the match losing no more wickets and with 48 balls still remained. Anamul Haque remained unbeaten on 44 off 33 balls which included 4 boundaries and 3 sixers. His 3rd Six was the winning shot over long-on boundary. Shakib Al Hasan ended unbeaten with 10 runs, who also picked 3 wickets with the ball.
Player of the match: Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh)
Disappointment of the match: Mohammad Nabi (Afghanistan)
Bangladesh (A Haque 44*, Tamim Iqbal 21, Shakib Al Hasan 10*; S Shenwari 1/14) beat Afghanistan 72/10 in 17.1 overs (G Naib 21, Shafiqullah 16; Shakib Al Hasan 3/8, A Razzak 2/20) by 9 wickets
Umpires: RK Illingworth (England) , NJ Llong (England) and TV umpire – HDPK Dharmasena (Sri Lanka)