After dominating performances in the first two ODIs, Bangladesh were left on the mat as Afghanistan rose on Rahmanullah Gurbaz's unbeaten 106 from 110 balls to lead the visitors a consolation seven-wicket win on Monday. Bangladesh take the series 2-1 in Chattogram. Batting first, the Bangladeshi batting looked toothless except Liton Das's 86 as Rashid Khan (3/37) and Mohammad Nabi ran through the middle order to restrict the hosts to 192 all out. In reply, it was a one-man-show as Rahmanullah Gurbaz notched up his third ODI ton in nine games to end the series on a high. Rahmat Shah and Riaz Hasan also scored 47 and 35 respectively. Get here highlights of BAN vs AFG 3rd ODI.
Rahmanullah Gurbaz gets the winning run as Afghanistan avoid ODI series whitewash against Bangladesh. Rahmatullah remained unbeaten on 106 as Afghanistan win the third and final ODI by seven wickets. Bangladesh won the series 2-1.
17:33 PM IST: Rahmanullah Reaches 100
Rahmanullah notches up his third ODI century in just his ninth game. Afghanistan need seven runs to win in more than 10 overs. Earlier, Afghanistan lost Rahmat Shah and Hasmatullah Shahidi. AFG 186/3 (39)
17:12 PM IST: Rahmanullah In 90s
Rahmanullah has entered the nineties and need eight runs to complete his ton. Rahmat Shah is giving him company on unbeaten 46. AFG 173/1 (35)
17:00 PM IST: Rahmanullah Shines
Rahmanullah Gurbaz wants to finish off in a hurry. After being dropped by Mahmudullah, Gurbaz hits Mehidy Hasan for a four and a six in the same over as Afghanistan cross the 150-run mark. AFG 152/1 (28)
16:22 PM IST: AFG Inch Closer To Victory
Rahmanullah Gurbaz reaches his fifty as Afghanistan ease closer to victory. They need 80 runs to win. AFG 113/1 (23)
15:57 PM IST: Shakib Gives Breakthrough
Shakib Al Hasan gives Bangladesh a breakthrough. Shakib tosses the ball up, Riaz Hasan dances down the track, misses line and is stumped by Mushfiqur Rahim. Riaz goes for 35. AFG 82/1 (15.3)
15:19 PM IST: AFG Cross 50-Run Mark
Afghanistan cross 50-run mark. Riaz Hassan and Rahmanullah Gurbaz are batting on 27 each. AFG 55/0 (10)
14:51 PM IST: AFG Start Chase
Riaz Hassan and Rahmanullah Gurbaz open the batting for Afghanistan. AFG 16/0 (4)
14:05 PM IST: BAN Put 192
After two good outings with the bat, Bangladesh for the first time in the series failed to cross the 200-run mark. Afghanistan bowl out Bangladesh for 192 in 46.5 overs. Bangladesh lost their last nine wickets for 88 runs.
13:51 PM IST: Rashid Picks Three
Rashid Khan picked up his third wicket in the match. He dismisses Taskin Ahmed, LBW, for a six-ball duck. BAN 176/8 (43)
13:41 PM IST: BAN Suffer Collapse
Bangladesh suffer a middle-order collapse as they lose four wickets in quick succession. Liton Das, Mehidy Hasan, Afif Hossain, Yasir Ali have been dismissed. Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi did most of the damage. Mahmudullah and Taskin Ahmed are at the crease. BAN 175/7 (42)
12:39 PM IST: AFG Pick Quick Wickets
Afghanistan pick two quick wickets to push back Bangladesh. Shakib Al Hasan was clean bowled by Azmatullah Omarzai for 30, while Mushfiqur Rahim was out cheaply for 7. BAN 121/3 (26.5)
12:06 PM IST: Liton Reaches Fifty
Liton Das continued his rich form with another fifty against Afghanistan in the ongoing ODI series. Liton scored 136 in the second ODI. Shakib Al Hasan is giving Liton company at the other end on 29. BAN 102/1 (21)
11:18 AM IST: Farooqi Strikes
Fazalhaq Farooqi draws first blood for Afghanistan. Captain Tamim Iqbal is clean bowled for 11. Shakib Al Hasan comes to the crease. BAN 43/1 (10.1)
11:03 AM IST: Liton, Tamim Go Slow
After a slow and steady start, Liton Das is finally opening his arms. The right-hander hit Fazalhaq Farooqi for a couple of fours in the ninth over. Tamim Iqbal is batting at the other end. BAN 36/0 (9)
10:40 AM IST: Steady Start
Tamim Iqbal and Liton Das have provided Bangladesh with a steady start. BAN 5/0 (2)
10:13 AM IST: Playing XIs
Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal(c), Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim(w), Yasir Ali, Mahmudullah, Afif Hossain, Mehidy Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, Mustafizur Rahman
Afghanistan: Rahmanullah Gurbaz(w), Riaz Hassan, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi(c), Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Azmatullah Omarzai
10:00 AM IST: Toss
Bangladesh have won the toss and they will bat first. Tamim Iqbal has won the toss in all three matches in this series.
Bangladesh will be super confident going into the third ODI at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium. The pitch has been a good batting surface and Liton Das took full advantage in the second match. Bangladesh scored 300-plus for the first time and it was the innings from Das that gave the home team a massive boost.
Liton Das struck 16 fours and two sixes in his 126-ball 136 as Bangladesh posted 306 for 4, their highest total against Afghanistan. Bangladesh dismissed Afghanistan for 218 in 45.1 overs with a disciplined display of bowling. Liton was well supported by Mushfiqur Rahim (86). They combined for a national record third-wicket stand of 202.
But Chattogram is still talking about the record partnership that Afif Hossain and Mehidy Hasan produced on Wednesday. Afif Hossain and Mehidy Hasan combined for a national record 174-run partnership in an unbroken seventh-wicket stand that bailed Bangladesh out from a precarious 45 for six in the first ODI.
Bangladesh's new boys have ticked all the boxes so far and that has made a huge difference in the series. Afghanistan need a better batting display to give their world-class spin troika of Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Mohammad Nabi a fair chance to nail Bangladesh down.