Bangladesh Threw a challenging target of 263 to Afghanistan

Bangladesh 262/7 after 50 overs

PBA Desk Report: Fifites from Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan helped Bangladesh make 262 for 7 in their crunch World Cup tie against Afghanistan at Southampton on Monday.

The fans were hoping Mushfiq would seal his second century in as many games, but the star batsman’s innings was cut short on 83 as Dawlat Zadran claimed his only wicket on the day.

Mushfiqur Rahim during the match against Afghanistan. Photo: Reuters

After Shakib Al Hasan’s 51 off 69 balls and a valiant 83 off 87 deliveries from Mushfiqur Rahim, it was a quick-fire 24-ball 35 from Mosaddek Hossain that ensured the Tigers get to a challenging total. Mosaddek had laced his innings with four boundaries and although he did not hit any maximums, the right-hander batted with a strike rate of 145.83.

The Tigers will probably be happy with their batting effort given the nature of the pitch and the variation in Afghanistan’s spin department. Tigers scored 120 off 19 overs of pace while the 31 overs of spin brought 142 runs. Key spinner Rashid Khan went wicketless while Mujeeb Ur Rahman bagged three wickets for just 39 runs.


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