The first half of the Asiatic battle between Bangladesh and Afghanistan at The Rose Bowl, Southampton ended on a decent note for both the teams. Both the sides came into this game after conceding heartening losses in their respective previous outings and Bangladesh posted a fighting first innings total on the scoreboard due to half-centuries from Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan. Rahim was the top-scorer in the first innings for Bangladesh, while Mujeeb Ur Rahman bowled well to keep the opposition batters in constant check.
Mujeeb strikes Liton quite early
Afghanistan skipper Gulbadin Naib won the toss and opted to bowl first as he reckoned that the conditions look pretty good for bowling first. Bangladesh started with a different set of openers as Liton Das, who played the last two games while batting in the middle-order, came out in this game up the order accompanying Tamim Iqbal. However, he failed to take the advantage of his promotion, getting dismissed for a 17-ball 16 off a beautiful delivery bowled by off-spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman. After his wicket, the pair of Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan got together to bail their team out of the troublesome situation.
Shakib notches yet another fifty
The duo added a fine partnership of 59 runs before Mohammad Nabi got the better of Tamim Iqbal with 82 runs on the scoreboard. However, even after losing his partner, Shakib continued his brilliant run in the World Cup, notching up yet another half-century. He compiled a 61-run partnership for the third wicket along with Mushfiqur Rahim before falling victim to Mujeeb for a 69-ball 51.
Soumya Sarkar came out to bat in the middle-order at number five, but failed to contribute with a significant performance, falling to Mujeeb in 32nd over with 151 runs on the scoreboard. After his dismissal, Mushfiqur took the onus upon himself to take Bangladesh’s progress further in the innings, racking up an impressive half-century in the 37th over. Afghanistan skipper Gulbadin Naib then removed Mahmudullah to provide his team a vital breakthrough and ended the frustrating 56-run partnership as well.
Rahim played an excellent innings of 83 runs off 87 balls that included of 4 fours and 1 six before getting dismissed by Dawlat Zadran in the 49th over. Towards the end, Mosaddek Hossain played a vital cameo of 35 runs off 24 balls to help Bangladesh finish with a fighting total of 262 runs in their quota of 50 overs. For Afghanistan, Mujeeb was the pick of the bowlers, claiming three crucial wickets along with an impressive economy, while Naib also picked up two scalps.
Bangladesh 262/7 in 50 overs (Mushfiqur Rahim-83, Shakib Al Hasan-51; Mujeeb Ur Rahman 3/39, Gulbadin Naib 2/56) vs Afghanistan.