first_imgMustafizur Rahman was Bangladesh’s hero of Sunday night as his sensational bowling in the final over earned them a thrilling 3-run victory over Afghanistan at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.Mustafizur gave just four runs in the last over, picked the big wicket of Rashid Khan on the second delivery of the over and held his nerves and his line and length till the last delivery to win the match for Bangladesh.Afghanistan needed just eight runs off the final over and they had two big-hitters in Rashid and Gulbadin Naib (who came after Rashid was out) to get them across the line but Mustafizur bowled brilliant to snatch the victory from under Afghanistan’s nose.With the win, Bangladesh stayed alive in the tournament while Afghanistan now have no chance of making it to the final.Asia Cup 2018 Afghanistan vs Bangladesh: HIGHLIGHTSBangladesh will take on Pakistan on Wednesday and whoever gets the victory then will advance to the final against India. Afghanistan, on the other hand, will play an inconsequential match against India in Dubai on Tuesday.Afghanistan looked well in control with Hashmatullah (71) and captain Asghar Afghan (39) going very strong after losing three wickets. They stitched a 78-run partnership for the fourth wicket but Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza dismissed both to puncture Afghanistan hopes.Mohammad Nabi (38) and Samiullah Shenwari (23 not out) produced a quick-fire 46-run stand for the sixth wicket but that was not enough as they ended with 246 for seven, while chasing 250.Mahmudullah (74) made it memorable match for himself. After batting well at crucial juncture, he dismissed Afghanistan opener Mohammad Shahzad (53) and also took a catch of the rival skipper.advertisementIndia vs Pakistan: Report | Highlights | PhotosAfghanistan bowlers could not capitalise on a dominant start upfront and allowed Bangladesh to score a competitive 249 for seven with Mahmudullah and Imrul Kayes repairing the innings with fighting half-centuries.Mahmudullah and Kayes (72 not out), playing his first ODI in almost a year, shared a 128-run stand for the fifth wicket to lift their side from a precarious 87 for five after electing to bat.The inexperience of Afghan bowlers showed yet again as they allowed the rivals to free themselves from their clutches.Mahmudullah played aggressive after completing his 20th ODI, twice lofting star Afghan spinner Rashid Khan over the ropes.Rashid was well handled by the two batsmen. He could get only one wicket on Sunday and gave away 46 runs in his 10 overs, which proved to be key in Bangladesh’s revival.Also read – MS Dhoni overtakes Rahul Dravid to became the second most capped IndianMahmudullah’s knock came off 81 balls with three fours and two sixes while left-hander Kayes consumed 89 balls for his calculative unbeaten knock, which had six shots to the fence.The partnership broke towards the end of the innings when pacer Aftab Alam had Mahmudullah caught by Rashid.At the top, only Liton Das could make his presence felt with a 41-run innings while Mushfiqur Rahim (33) frittered away a good start by running himself out.The pace trio of Aftab Alam, Mujeeb ur Rahman and Naib had succeeded in straight-jacketing Bangladesh batsmen, keeping them under a tight leash with disciplined line and length.Alam got the better of Nazmul Hossain (6) while Mohammad Mithun (1) was done in by Mujeeb Ur Rahman. Boundaries were far and few. Making it tougher for the Bangladesh was some terrific fielding by the gritty Afghans.After the top-order was removed, run outs of Shakib ul Hasan (0) and Rahim only added to their woes. However, Mahmudullah and Kayes ensured that the minnows do not take advantage of a brilliant start.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more