Afghans Steal the 2nd ODI from Bangladesh


Afghans let the first match slip within their grip but not this time. They successfully chased the 208 target given to them by Bangladesh with two wickets and two balls in hand. The series is now level with 1 wins each. The last match on October 1st will be the series decider.

After a collapse in batting order Bangladesh managed to sum up 208 runs of their innings. Which seemed an easy target for the Afghans but their start wasn’t so easy. They lost 4 wickets within 63 runs. Then the veteran Mohammad Nabi and the skipper Stanikzai started building up a steady partnership. This pair added 107 runs on 5th wicket before Tigers captain Mashrafe gave a breakthrough sending Nabi to the pavilion. But it was still pretty easy for the Afghans as they only needed 39 to win from 66 balls. But youngster Mosaddek struck the very next over and got Stanikzai out. Afghans were 176 for 6 and a bit worried.

Rashid Khan and Zadran took the steering wheel and in a slow but steady pace they were navigating towards their victory. But on the last over of his spell Shakib sent Rashid home marking his 100th wicket in Mirpur Stadium. He is now the 3rd bowler in ODI history to hold 100 wickets in a single venue. The other two are Wasim Akram and Waqar Younus, both of their records are in Sharjah.

Keeper Mushfiqur Rahim missed a great stumping opportunity in the 47th over. Zadran got a life which was finally ended in Taskin’s last over. But his brother Daulat finished his work hitting a boundary in the last over and scoring a historic win for Afghanistan. Mosaddek Hossain’s 45 runs and 2 wickets on debut was a bit dimmed by this loss. The wait for the 100th ODI win for Bangladesh will be extended further.