Asia Cup Live: Mahmudullah, Imrul Take Bangladesh To 249/7

Riding on a terrific 128-run partnership for the sixth wicket between Mahmudullah and Imrul Kayes, Bangladesh posted 249 runs for the loss of 7 wickets against Afghanistan in the Super Four clash at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Friday. Both Mahmudullah and Imrul Kayes notched up gritty half-centuries, taking their team to a respectable total at the end of 50 overs. After winning the toss, Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza opted to bat first but the decision went terribly wrong for the team. Bangladesh lost both Nazmul Hossain (6) and Mohammad Mithun (1) right at the start. Post the double blow, Mushfiqur Rahim and Liton Das batted cautiously, stitching a crucial 63-run partnership for the third wicket. Bangladesh were comfortably placed with 81/2 on the board but then lost three wickets in a span of 13 deliveries. Bangladesh, first lost Liton Das (41) in Rashid Khan’s first over of the match. The team then witnessed some horrendous running at the centre from the batsmen. Shakib Al Hasan trying to go for a quick single got run out for a duck. Well set Mushfiqur Rahim (33) then got out in similar fashion, leaving his team reeling on 87/5. Both Mahmudullah (74) and Imrul then played majestic knocks, taking their team out of trouble. Towards the end, Imrul (72*) slammed some lusty blows to take his team to a decent total. Aftab Alam was the most successful for Afghanistan picking up three wickets in the match. Rashid Khan and Mujeeb ur Rehman bagged a wicket each. (LIVE SCORECARD)

Super Four – Match 4, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, Sep 23, 2018

  • AFG

    18/0 (3.1)

    46%

  • BAN

    249/7 (50.0)

    54%

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CRR: 5.68

need 232 runs in 281 balls at 4.95 rpo

  • Mohammad Shahzad9 (9)
  • Ihsanullah8 (10)
  • Mashrafe Mortaza 14/0 (2)
  • Nazmul Islam 4/0 (1.1)

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Live Updates Between Bangladesh vs Afghanistan, 2018 Asia Cup Super Four Match straight from Sheikh Zayed Stadium

21:22 IST: FOUR! Ihsanullah Janat gets his first boundary of the match. Takes a couple of steps down the ground and hits the ball over Nazmul Islam head to collect four runs. AFG 13-0 after 1.5 overs.

21:20 IST: Expensive first over from Mashrafe Mortaza comes to an end. 9 runs from it. Debutant Nazmul Islam will share the new ball Mortaza from the other end. 

21:18 IST: FOUR! FOUR! Back to back boundaries Mohammad Shahzad. Both the deliveries were on the pads from Mashrafe Mortaza. Shahzad hits the first ball to the the square-leg boundary and flicks the next to fine-leg to collect two consecutive boundaries. AFG 8-0 after 0.3 overs.

21:14 IST: Afghanistan begin the 250-run chase against Bangladesh. Openers 

Innings break – Bangladesh 249 for the loss of 7 wickets. 

20:45 IST: FOUR! Imrul Kayes finishes off things in style for Bangladesh. Collects a boundary on the final ball of the innings. He walks back unbeaten 72 runs. 

20:38 IST: OUT! Mashrafe Mortaza’s brief stay at the centre comes to an end. He walks back after scoring 10 runs. Mohammad Shahzad takes a simple catch behind the stumps. Aftab Alam gets his third wicket of the match. BAN 236-7 after 48.5 overs.

20:36 IST: FOUR! Inside edge from Mashrafe Mortaza and the ball races to the fine leg boundary for four runs. The fielder at short fine-leg had no chanceto cut that off. Aftab is disappointed. the ball could have easily crashed on to the stumps. BAN 234-6 after 48.1 overs.

20:30 IST: FOUR! Boundary from Imrul Kayes to end the over from Aftab Alam. What a strike that has from the left-hander. BAN 221-6 after 47 overs.

20:26 IST: OUT! Trying to up the scoring rate, Mahmudullah hits the ball straight into the hands of Rashid Khan at deep. Aftab Alam gets his second wicket of the match. Terrific knock of 74 runs  from Mahmudullah finally comes to an end. BAN 215-6 after 46.2 overs.

20:23 IST: 46 overs are up and Bangladesh have 215 on the board. With just 24 balls remaining, how many can Imrul and Mahmudullah add to the total?

20:19 IST: 50 comes up for Imrul Kayes! Takes a single on the off-side to reach to his 15th fifty in ODI cricket. Both Imrul and Mahmudullah have batted superbly for Bangladesh. BAN 207-5 after 45.1 overs.

20:15 IST: Six and 200 comes up for Bangladesh! Another hoick by Mahmudullah on the on-side off Rashid Khan and the ball just beats the fielder in the deep, crosses the rope for a six. Stare from Rashid Khan to Mahmudullah after the strike. BAN 203-5 after 44.2 overs.

20:08 IST: SIX! Colossal strike! What a timing on that one from Mahmudullah. Puts his back leg down and sweeps the ball over the deep mid wicket over the fence. Even Rashid Khan is surprised. BAN 191-5 after 42.4 overs.

20:06 IST: Bowling change from Afghanistan! Rashid Khan comes back to the attack replacing Aftab Alam. 

20:00 IST: 50 comes up for Mahmudullah! What a knock this has been from him under pressure. Gets to his 20th half-century in ODI cricket. BAN 175-5 after 40.3 overs.

19:54 IST: 40 overs are up and Bangladesh have managed 172 runs on the board for the loss of five wickets. 

19:52 IST: FOUR! Brave shot from Imrul Kayes. Times the ball brilliantly. Goes over extra covers and beats the fielder at long off. Wide ball from Gulbadin gets the right treatment. BAN 169-5 after 39.2 overs.

19:46 IST: Another good over from Gulbadin Naib comes to an end. Just four runs from it. Both Mahmudullah and Imrul still looking to rotate the strike. BAN 162-5 after 38 overs.

19:35 IST: 150 comes up for Bangladesh! Imrul Kayes tucks the ball on the leg-side for a single to bring 150 for Bangladesh. Both Mahmudullah and Imrul have batted responsibly after Bangladesh lost three wicket in quick succession. The partnership between the two has now reached 63. BAN 150-5 after 35.1 overs.

19:25 IST: Bowling change from Afghanistan! Rashid Khan comes back into the attack. Replaces Mujeeb ur Rehman. 

19:19 IST: FOUR! Mahmudullah times the ball superbly to collect a boundary. Short and wide from Aftab Alam and Mahmudullah pounces on to that one. Hits the ball to point boundary to collect four runs. Deep fielder had no chance to cut that off. 50-run partnership also comes up between Mahmudullah and Imrul Kayes with the boundary. BAN 138-5 after 31.4 overs.

19:11 IST: 30 overs are up and Bangladesh have 126 runs on the board for the loss of five wickets. The partnership between Mahmudullah (23) and Imrul Kayes (16) for the sixth wicket has now moved on to 39 runs.

19:01 IST: FOUR! Mahmudullah finishes the over with a boundary. Short and wide on the leg side  from Samiullah Shenwari and Mahmudullah dispatches the ball to deep mid-wicket for four runs. BAN 117-5 after 28 overs.

18:51 IST: Four and 100 up for Bangladesh! Short and wide from Gulbadin Naib and Mahmudullah cuts the ball beautifully. Dissects the point and the third-man fielder and races to the boundary. BAN 101-5 after 25.2 overs.

18:43 IST: Another tight over from Rashid Khan comes to an end. Just two runs from it. Afghanistan are in completer control at the moment. BAN 93-5 after 23 overs.

18:32 IST: Another Run Out! Bangladesh batsmen crumbling under pressure at the moment. This is really poor running between wickets from Bangladeshi batsmen. This time its Mushfiqur Rahim who takes a long walk back after scoring 33 runs. Rashid Khan collects the throw from Gulbadin and uproot the stumps at the non-striker’s end. BAN 87-5 after 20.5 overs.

18:24 IST: OUT! Second wicket for Afghanistan in the Rashid’s over. Trying to get off the mark quickly, Shakib-al-Hasan goes for a suicidal single. Rahim sends him back but the call was too late for Shakib to get back to make ground. Shenwari with a direct hit and Shakib walks back for a second ball duck. Bangladesh in a lot of trouble now. BAN 81-4 after 19 overs.

18:22 IST: OUT! Rashid Khan strikes in his first over. Liton Das (41) goes for a wild hoick on the on-side. Top edges the ball. Ihsanullah takes a simple catch. Gritty knock from Das comes to an end. BAN 81-3 after 18.4 overs.

18:20 IST: First over after drinks break from Mohammad Nabi produces 4 runs. Rashid Khan introduced into the attack from Afghanistan. BAN 76-2 after 17 overs.

Drinks break – Bangladesh 72-2 after 17 overs.

18:11 IST: SIX! Mushfiqur Rahim is on the charge here. After hitting a boundary on the previous ball, Rahim top edges the next from Aftab Alam over fine-leg for a six. The ball goes over the boundary with ease. 50-run partnership also comes up between Rahim(28) and Liton Das(35). BAN 72-2 after 16.5 overs.

18:09 IST: Another bowling change from Afghanistan! Aftab Alam comes back to replace Gulbadin. 

18:03 IST: 15 overs are up and Bangladesh have 55 runs on the board for the loss of two wickets. 

17:57 IST: 50 up for Bangladesh after 13.2 overs. Mushfiqur Rahim tucks the ball on the on-side to pick up a single. 

17:56 IST: Bowling change from Afghanistan! Mohammad Nabi comes in to replace Mujeeb ur Rehman

17:50 IST: Dropped! That could have been the second wicket for Mujeeb. Mushfiqur Rahim tries to cut, the ball hurries on to him and gets the gloves. Rashid Khan drops a simple catch at slip. Rahim survives. 

17:45 IST: FOUR! Mushfiqur Rahim gets his first boundary of the match. Goes for a hook against Gulbadin, top edges the ball. Luckily the ball finds no fielder and goes over the fence. BAN 39-2 after 10.2 overs. 

17:43 IST: 10 overs are up and Bangladesh have 34 runs on the board for the loss of 2 wickets. Liton Das (21) and Mushfiqur Rahim (5) are rebuilding for Bangladesh at the moment after a poor start. 

17:39 IST: FOUR! First boundary for Bangladesh comes from the bat of Liton Das. Wide out side off-stump from Gulbadin and Liton drives the ball between covers on mid-off to collect four runs. That will surely ease off some pressure for Bangladesh. First boundary comes after 53 balls. BAN 32-2 after 9 overs. 

17:36 IST: Bowling change from Afghanistan! Gulbadin Naib comes in to replace Aftab Alam. 

17:35 IST: This is terrific bowling from Afghanistan. Another excellent over from Mujeeb comes to an end. Just two runs from it. Bangladesh batsmen are facing problems against the Afghanistan bowlers at the moment. BAN 23-2 after 8 overs. 

17:24 IST: OUT! Mujeeb strikes from the other end as well. Traps Mohammad Mithun right in front of the stumps. Umpire had no doubts on that one. Raises his finger straightaway. BAN 18-2 after 5.3 overs. 

17:20 IST: OUT! Aftab Alam strikes for Afghanistan. Wicket on the final ball of Alam’s third over. Pressure was building on the openers. Trying to go over the in-field, Hossain Shanto mistimes the ball. Rahmat takes simple catch at covers. BAN 16-1 after 5 overs.

17:16 IST: This is a brilliant start from Afghanistan bowlers. Another tight over from Mujeeb comes to an end. Just a single from it. Both Mujeeb and Aftab have cramped the Bangladesh openers for room. BAN 14-0 after 4 overs.

17:13 IST: Tidy over from Aftab Alam comes to an end. Just four runs from it. Bangladesh are off to a cautious start. BAN 13-0 after 3 overs.

17:09 IST: Five runs from Mujeeb ur Rehman’s first over. Both Bangladesh openers are looking to rotate the strike at the start. BAN 9-0 after 2 overs.

17:05 IST: Two runs on the final ball and first over from Aftab Alam comes to an end. Mujeeb ur Rehman will share the new ball with Aftab from the other end. BAN 4-0 after 1 over.

17:01 IST: WIDE! Aftab Alam starts off with a wide delivery outside off stump. First runs on the board for Bangladesh. BAN 1-0 after 0.0 overs.

16:59 IST: Openers Liton Das and Nazmul Hossain are at the centre for Bangladesh. Aftab Alam will start the proceedings for Afghanistan.

16:53 IST: Both teams are at the centre along with the match officials for the national anthems. We are just minutes away from the start. 

16:40 IST: Here’s a look at the playing XI from both the teams for today’s match.

Afghanistan – Mohammad Shahzad(w), Ihsanullah Janat, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Samiullah Shenwari, Asghar Afghan(c), Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Aftab Alam, Mujeeb Ur Rahman

Bangladesh – Liton Das, Imrul Kayes, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim(w), Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah, Mashrafe Mortaza(c), Mehidy Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman, Nazmul Islam

16:30 IST: Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza wins the toss and opts to bat first against Afghanistan in the Super Four clash.

16:20 IST: Head to head between the two teams.

16:15 IST: The last encounter between the two teams was a one sided affair as Afghanistan defeated Bangladesh comfortably by 136 runs. 

16:00 IST: Hello and welcome to the live updates of the Super Four encounter between Afghanistan and Bangladesh.

For Afghanistan, it has been an extraordinary run for them. First, they beat a depleted Sri Lankan side by 91 runs in the group stages, then defeated Bangladesh by a massive 136-run margin. Afghanistan have been a revelation in this tournament as both their batting and bowling department has been on-point, with little glitches that can be improved. However, their inexperience of playing a high-voltage game was brought to light when they lost their first Super Four match to Pakistan by a whisker. With Pakistan needing 10 runs off the last over, the inexperienced bowling attack failed to hold on to their nerves, thus gifting away the match to Pakistan.

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