Bangladesh produced a clinical performance on Friday to humble Afghanistan in the second ODI match at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chattogram. Batting first, the hosts posted 306/4 with Liton Das hitting an impressive century (136 off 126) against an intimidating bowling attack that has the likes of Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman. Wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim also played his part with the bat, scoring 86 off 93 balls. Afghanistan, who lost the series opener by four wickets on Wednesday, struggled from the outset as they chase a stiff target of 307 runs. The visitors were 34/3 inside the first ten overs. Half-centuries from Rahmat Shah (52 off 71) and Najibullah Zadran (54 off 61) helped them stay afloat for a while, but they were eventually dismissed for 218 all in 45.1 overs with all seven bowlers utilised by Bangladesh captain Tamim Das getting at least a wicket each. Taskin Ahmed and Shakib Al Hasan were the stand-out bowlers though, claiming a brace each for 31 and 38 runs from their respective ten overs. The win helped Bangladesh take an unassailable 2-0 lead. The third and final ODI is scheduled for Monday at the same venue. The two teams will then head to Dhaka for a two-match T20I series. Catch highlights of BAN vs AFG, 2nd ODI match here:
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18:33 PM IST: BAN Win
Afif Hossain takes the final wicket, that of Fazalhaq Farooqi for a first-ball duck, to seal an 88-run win for Bangladesh. With the win, the hosts have taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match ODI series. They won the first match by four wickets at the same venue on Wednesday.
18:17 PM IST: BAN Inch Closer To Win
Two big wickets and Bangladesh inch closer to an ODI series win. Mehidy Hasan dismisses Mohammad Nabi for 32 while Mustafizur Rahman gets Rashid Khan for 29. AFG 206/8 (41), still need 101 runs from 54
17:50 PM IST: AFG Lose 6th
Shakib Al Hasan gets his second wicket of the day as Afghanistan lose sixth. He dismisses Rahmatullah Gurbaz for 7. Earlier Taskin Ahmed got rid of Najibullah Zadran for 54. AFG 175/6 (35)
17:00 PM IST: Taskin Strikes
Taskin Ahmed has got Bangladesh their fourth wicket. The pacer clean bowled Rahmat Shah for 52. Mohammad Nabi comes in the middle. AFG 123/4 (24.1)
16:33 PM IST: AFG Rebuild
After three early wickets, opener Rahmat Shah (40) and Najibullah Zadran (38) have taken up the responsibility to steady the sinking ship. The duo have added 64 runs for the unbroken fourth wicket. AFG 99/3 (19)
15:42 PM IST: AFG In Trouble
Afghanistan are in trouble early on. Chasing 307, the visitors have lost Riaz Hasan and captain Hashmatullah Shahidi. Shoriful Islam took one and the other one was run out. AFG 32/2 (8)
14:32 PM IST: BAN Finish At 306/4
Finally, Afghanistan set some success by dismissing Liton Das (136) and Mishfiqur Rahim (88) but that didn't stop the hosts go past 300. The third-wicket stand between Liton and Mushfiqur was 202 runs. In the process, Mushfiqur also completed 13000 international runs across formats.
13:43 PM IST: 100 For Liton
Liton Das brings up his fifth ODI hundred with a boundary off Rashid Khan over extra cover. THis is also his first against Afghanistan. BAN 233/2 (41)
13:33 PM IST: Liton Inch Closer To 100
Liton Das and Mushfiqur Rahim are doing the same that Afif Hosain and Mehidy Hasan did in the first ODI a couple of days ago. The Liton-Mushfiqur third-wicket stand has grown to 138 now. Liton Is playing on 94 while Mushi is on 63. BAN 221/2 (38.4)
12:48 PM IST: Liton Completes 50
Liton Das completes his fifty - his fourth in One-Day internationals. Brilliant knock under pressure. Mushfiqur Rahim is batting on 30. The partnership grows to 66. BAN 149/2 (28)
12:17 PM IST: 100 Up For BAN
Bangladesh have crossed 100 with Liton Das and Mushfiqur Rahim currently batting in the middle. The third-wicket stand is 21 runs from 34 balls npw. BAN 104/2 (21)
11:58 AM IST: Rashid Khan strikes
After Tamim Iqbal, Bangladesh lost Shakib Al Hasan for 20, trapped LBW. Mushfiqur Rahim joins Liton Das in the middle. BAN 84/2 (16)
11:26 AM IST: 50 For BAN
Bangladesh cross 50-run mark in the nith over. Liton Das is batting on 19 while Shakib Al Hasan is giving him perfect company with seven at the other end. BAN 54/1 (10)
11:18 AM IST: IPL 2022 Starts On March 26
Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Mohammad Nabi are some of Afghanistan who will play in IPL 2022 which starts on March 26. Mustafizur Rahman is the lone Bangladesh player in the upcoming edition.
11:14 AM IST: Farooqi Strikes
Fazalhaq Farooqi once again gave Afghanistan a breakthrough. He dismisses Tamim Iqbal, LBW for 12. BAN 38/1 (6.2)
10:54 AM IST: BAN Look Composed
Unlike the previous game, Bangladesh look more composed today. Both the openers are taking their time in the middle. Bangladesh 24/0 (4). Meanwhile, the Russia vs Ukraine war has taken affected the sporting world too.
10:42 AM IST: Steady Start
Liton Das and Tamim Iqbal give Bangladesh a steady start. The duo take 13 runs from the second over. Bangladesh 15/0 (2)
10:09 AM IST: Playing XIs
Afghanistan: Rahmanullah Gurbaz(w), Riaz Hassan, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi(c), Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fareed Ahmad Malik, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Azmatullah Omarzai
Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal(c), Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim(w), Yasir Ali, Mahmudullah, Afif Hossain, Mehidy Hasan, Shoriful Islam, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman
10:07 AM IST: Toss
Bangladesh have won the toss and opt to bat first.
Chattogram is still talking about the record partnership Afif Hossain and Mehidy Hasan produced on Wednesday. While it was extraordinary, it can certainly not be expected every day.
Afif Hossain and Mehidy Hasan combined for a national record 174-run partnership in an unbroken seventh-wicket stand. Both players hit their career-best knocks to frustrate Afghanistan. Afif posted an unbeaten 93, his maiden 50-plus output, and Mehidy added 81 not out as Bangladesh raced to victory under floodlights.
Afghanistan’s spin trio of Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Mohammad Nabi — described by Tamim Iqbal as the world’s best — could take only two wickets, with Afif and Mehidy keeping them at bay.
Bangladesh have lost just two of their last 16 ODIs played at home but if Afghanistan can replicate their bowling display - pacer Fazalhaq Farooqi was outstanding with four for 54 - the second BAN vs AFG match will be a close-fought affair.