Mar 162014
Tigers tame Afghanistan

Bangladesh made a bold statement that they intend to play in the main part of the competition they are hosting by thrashing Afghanistan in the World Twenty20 opener.

The Tigers, who lost to today’s opponents in this month’s Asia Cup, Afghanistan’s first defeat of a full-member nation, are one of eight teams battling it out for two places in the tournament proper, which starts on Saturday.

And Mushfiqur Rahim’s side blew Afghanistan away in Mirpur, skittling them for 72 in 17.1 overs after winning the toss.

Shakib Al Hasan makes Najeeb Tarakai his second wicket in two deliveries as figures of 3-8 helped to dismantle Afghanistan for 72

Mohammad Shahzad hold out to extra-cover from the game’s first delivery and, although Gulbadin Naib cleared long-on for a six in the next over, Bangladesh bowled 24 dot balls in the powerplay.

Shakib Al Hasan struck twice in two balls during the last over of restrictions, initially ousting Naib for 21, and Abdur Razzak also gained two scalps as Bangladesh continued to chip away.

Shakib wrapped up the innings for outstanding figures of 3-8 as extras was one of just four double-figure contributors for Afghanistan.

In the reply Tamim Iqbal being dropped on nine was not too costly when Samiullah Shenwari trapped him in front for 21.

However, Anamul Haque completed a nine-wicket win with eight overs unused via his third six, accompanied by four fours. He was unbeaten on 44 while Shakib had 10.

Mar 162014
Bangladesh Hammer Afghanistan In WT20 Opener

Bangladesh handed Afghanistan a huge defeat

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Hosts Bangladesh made light of any talk of an upset as they eased past an overawed Afghanistan by nine wickets in the opening game of the ICC World Twenty20 in Dhaka.

A victory for Afghanistan over the hosts in the Asia Cup, a tournament also held in Bangladesh, had raised beliefs that a shock might be on the cards, yet in truth Mushfiqur Rahim’s side were in complete control from the off.

In front of an expectant full house, Bangladesh elected to insert their Associate opponents. The visitors never got to grips with the task in hand and were shot out for the second ever lowest International Twenty20 total of just 72 – their spin induced misery ended early in the 18th over.

That target was never going to be a test even on a pitch inducive to turn, with Anamul Haque’s unbeaten 44 taking his side home with 48 balls remaining and in the process sending the vociferous crowd wild. 

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