BSP-01 Birthday boy Rashid stars as Afghanistan upset Bangladesh





Birthday boy Rashid stars as Afghanistan upset Bangladesh

ABU DHABI, Sept 21, 2018 (BSS/AFP) – Talented spinner Rashid Khan
celebrated his 20th birthday by scoring a half century and taking two wickets
as Afghanistan upset Bangladesh by 136 runs in the Asia Cup on Thursday.

Rashid scored a rapid unbeaten 32-ball 57 with eight fours and a six to
lift Afghanistan to an imposing 255-7 after their captain Asghar Afghan won
the toss and decided to bat at Sheikh Zayed Stadium.

Rashid, who finished with 2-13 in nine overs and effected a run out,
claimed the prized wickets of Shakib Al Hasan (32) and Mahmudullah Riyad (27)
as Bangladesh were bundled out for 119 in 42.1 overs.

It was Afghanistan’s second upset in the tournament following their 91-run
win over Sri Lanka which sent the islanders crashing out in the first round.

Afghanistan next take on Pakistan in the double-header Super Four game in
Abu Dhabi on Friday while title holders India meet Bangladesh in Dubai.

Afghanistan rocked the Bangladesh top four for just 43 runs before Shakib
and Riyad added 36 but they were not spared by Rashid, who became the fastest
bowler to 100 one-day wickets in 44 games earlier this year.

This was Bangladesh’s lowest total against Afghanistan by some distance —
their previous lowest against the Afghans was 208 in Dhaka two years ago.

The whole Bangladesh innings had just five boundaries — two by Riyad and
three by Mosaddek Hossain (26 not out).

“It was a very important game for us and I’ll give a lot of credit to
(Gulbadin) Naib and Rashid for their effort. Our top and middle order didn’t
play very well but thanks to God, Naib and Rashid did very well,” said

Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza believed the game changed in the 40th

“Afghanistan outplayed us from the 40th over,” said Mashrafe. “They played
really well and we didn’t bowl well in the last 10 overs and batting wasn’t
up to the mark.

“We have a big match tomorrow and boys need to be fresh. It’s a bit
difficult to recover from back-to-back matches in this heat.”

Earlier, Hashmatullah Shahidi hit a painstaking 58 to revive Afghanistan
after they were jolted by left-arm spinner Shakib who finished with 4-42 in
his ten overs.

Rashid used the long handle to the best effect, taking Afghanistan past the
250-mark, adding 90 for an unbroken eighth wicket stand with Gulbadin Naib
who made 42 off 38 balls with five boundaries.

BSS/AFP/MRI/0812 hrs