Bangladesh was never really in the chase and limped along to 189
This included Gurbaz’s first sixes in the eighth over,
By defeating Bangladesh 189 for 9 (Mushfiqur 69, Farooqi 3-25, Mujeeb 3-40) in the second game in Chattogram, Afghanistan beat Bangladesh by 142 runs, winning their first bilateral ODI series against this team. Afghanistan scored 331 for 9 (Gurbaz 145, Zadran 100, Shakib 2-50). Rahmanullah Gurbaz scored 145, while Ibrahim Zadran savored a century as they combined for a record-breaking opening partnership of 256 runs. The home team could only manage 189 for 9 in 43.2 overs in response to the visitors’ daunting 331-9 total. With three wickets each, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Fazalhaq Farooqi and Rashid Khan’s two doors ensured Bangladesh’s chase never got going. It is the most significant ODI victory for Afghanistan over Bangladesh. In addition, Gurbaz and Zadran broke the previous record for an ODI partnership for any wicket set by Karim Sadiq and Mohammad Shahzad in 2010 against Scotland, which stood at 218. In the final 14 overs of Afghanistan’s innings, Bangladesh’s bowlers did stage a comeback, claiming nine wickets for 75 runs. However, following the strong opening stand more was needed. Gurbaz and Zadran teed off as soon as play began, scoring eight boundaries in the opening Powerplay.
This included Gurbaz’s first sixes in the eighth over, off Mustafizur Rahman, a straight six over the bowler’s head, and a strong pull. In the next over, Towhid Hridoy missed a challenging opportunity sprinting in from long-off, and Zadran managed to survive. The next ten overs saw eight more consecutive boundaries as the power-hitting became even more stunning. During this phase, Gurbaz lifted Shakib Al Hasan and Mehidy Hasan Miraz for three sixes. It was the first opening century stand against Bangladesh since the 2019 World Cup when they reached their 100-run partnership in the 15th over.
Gurbaz smashed the ball hard as he quickly reached his fourth ODI century. After hitting six of his eight sixes and eight boundaries in the run-a-ball century, he finally got it with a single against Shakib. The Afghanistan wicketkeeper gave a lengthy victory celebration as he lapped up the cheers of a packed stadium. Around the same time, Zadran hit his first six as the partnership increased the pressure on the Bangladeshi bowlers. The league scored 69 runs in the next six overs from the 31st over until Gurbaz was out. Then, in an Ebadot Hossain over, Gurbaz smashed four boundaries after Mustafizur was broken for a four and a six. Gurbaz’s final six runs were off Najmul Hossain Shanto, and in the 37th over, Shakib got the better of him. Afghanistan’s batting meltdown began after the first wicket, as the batters behind him only attempted massive hits. Rahmat Shah hit a drive to Mustafizur Rahman at fine-leg off Ebadot despite surviving an easy run out as Mushfiqur slammed into the stumps before completing the run-out.
Before having Najibullah Zadran caught at long-on in the 44th over, Mehidy Hasan Miraz had bowled skipper Hashmatullah Shahidi for two runs in the over after. Shortly after scoring a century, Ibrahim Zadran was dismissed after being top-edged by Mustafizur Rahman. Before the tail gave way and Mohammad Nabi was left stranded on an unbeaten 25 off 15 balls, Shakib had Rashid Khan stumped for six. With just 41 runs conceded in nine of the final 14 overs, Mustafizur, Mehidy, and Shakib did a great job regaining control of the situation. They both took two wickets as well. In addition, Hasan Mahmud claimed two doors, and Ebadot claimed a single victim.
During that last-second momentum grab by their bowlers, Bangladesh’s batters have yet to progress. In the first nine overs, Fazalhaq Farooqi dismissed both of the openers, Litton Das and Mohammad Naim. When Litton top-edged a pull ball to Nabi at short midwicket in the fifth over, the left-arm quick constricted Litton. Against a short hop from Farooqi, Naim played onto his stumps. Mujeeb produced the best delivery of the ODI series between these two wickets, a 100 kph delivery that zeroed in on the middle stump before swerving sharply to hit Shanto’s off-stump. Bangladesh fought briefly after that, but Rashid ended their dreams with two gorgeous googlies. The first was a peach that snuck past Towhid Hridoy’s prod in the front. He misread the hand and was out for 16, being bowled. After getting a bad bounce, Afif edged the opening ball to Nabi at slip.
Nabi took Shakib’s wicket in the 18th over, placing him between these two wickets. After making 25 out of 29 balls, the all-rounder missed an arm ball that swung toward him. When Mehidy and Mushfiqur Rahim accumulated 87 runs for the seventh wicket, Bangladesh’s tail rapidly collapsed after they were split up in the 37th over. The final victim, Mushfiqur, pulled a catch for Farooqi, giving him his third victim and Afghanistan the series.
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