Shadman Islam and Joyraz Sheik chase down 213-run target to brush aside Afghanistan with 45 balls to spare in Group B game
After winning the toss and inserting Afghanistan at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium Nursery 2, Bangladesh overhauled the 213-run target without hardly having to break a sweat.
Islam hit 14 fours and a solitary six in his 142-ball knock while Sheik struck 11 fours. The duo was watchful against left-arm spinner Sharafuddin Ashraf, who conceded only 32 runs in 10 overs, but did not spare the rest as they reached the target with 45 balls to spare.
Earlier, Afghanistan's openers, Usman Ghani and Mohammad Mujtaba, provided the team with a sturdy 69-run opening stand before Ghani was run out by Mosaddek Hossain for 27. Mosaddek, the offspinner, then bowled Mujtaba for 47 and Bangladesh effected three more run outs as Afghanistan's innings began to unravel quickly.
Mosaddek returned figures of 3 for 19 and Rahatul Ferdous, the left-arm spinner, grabbed 2 for 38 as Afghanistan was restricted to 212, a total that Bangladesh chased down with consummate ease.
Afghanistan faces Australia next at the same ground on Monday while Bangladesh's next match will be against Namibia at Sheikh Zayed Stadium Nursery 1 on the same day.