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WC PIX: B'desh's Miraz steals the show vs Afghanistan

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Last updated on: October 07, 2023 17:28 IST
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IMAGES from the ICC World Cup match played between Bangladesh and Afghanistan in Dharamsala on Saturday


IMAGES: Mehidy Hasan Miraz (57) and Najmul Hossain Shanto (59 not out) struck respective half-centuries to take Bangladesh over the line. Photograph: ICC/X

The glittering all-round performance of Mehidy Hasan Miraz headlined Bangladesh's smooth six-wicket victory over Afghanistan in their World Cup opener in Dharamsala on Saturday.

Miraz first employed his off-spin effectively to take 3 for 25, helping Bangladesh to bundle out Afghanistan for 156, and then returned to make a crucial 57 off 73 balls in his side's facile chase that got over in 34.4 overs.


Najmul Shanto too chipped in for the Tigers with a patient unbeaten 59 off 83 balls.


IMAGES: Fazalhaq Farooqi celebrates. Photograph: Afghanistan Cricket Board/X

Chasing 157, Bangladesh were wobbling a bit at 27 for 2 after openers Tanzid Hasan and Litton Das returned within the first seven overs.

However, Miraz and Shanto milked 97 runs for the third wicket in just above 22 overs to carry Bangladesh closer to the finishing line.

The tackiness in the pitch made a cautious approach mandatory for the Bangladesh batters, and they responded to the task while rotating the strike efficiently through nips and tucks around.


IMAGES: Bangladesh lose both their openers. Photograph: Afghanistan Cricket Board/X

However, they also did not miss any opportunity to free their arms. Shanto danced down the tracks to deposit Mujeeb Ur Rahman over long on for a clean six.

Fittingly, it was Shanto who brought the winning runs when he smashed pacer Naveen-ul-Haq for two successive boundaries.


IMAGES: Shakib Al Hasan and Mehidy Hasan Miraz picked up three wickets each as Afghanistan collapsed for 156. Photograph: Bangladesh Cricket Board/X

Earlier, Shakib Al Hasan and Miraz exploited a slightly tacky pitch to the hilt to restrict Afghanistan to a meagre 156.

Shakib and Miraz shared six wickets equally among them as Afghanistan spectacularly imploded, as only Rahmanullah Gurbaz (47 off 62 balls) offered some token fight.

However, there was no sign of such a collapse when Afghanistan were comfortably placed at 112 for two in the 25th over.

Shakib Al Hasan

IMAGES: Shakib Al Hasan celebrates. Photograph: ICC/X

Gurbaz and skipper Hashmatullah Shahidi were consolidating their third-wicket alliance, but the pace-spin combination of Mustafizur Rahman and Miraz rocked Afghanistan with two wickets in five balls.

Miraz was the first to come to the party. Shahidi, who was struggling to force pace against spinners, finally went for a desperate big shot off the off-spinner that was snaffled by Towhid Hridoy at mid-on.

Gurbaz too soon departed as his attempt to clear Rahman ended in the hands of Tanzid Hasan in the deep.

From that point, the Afghans slipped into a panic mode, and lost wickets at regular intervals as Bangladesh bowlers mounted pressure on them with a tidy spell.


IMAGES: Rahmanullah Gurbaz top-scored with 62 off 47. Photograph: Afghanistan Cricket Board/X

Shakib's performance too deserved a special mention. The Bangladesh captain, who elected to field first, led the bowlers from the front with an impeccable show of spin bowling.

The veteran left-arm spinner is expected to lead Bangladesh's bowling effort in this tournament, and Shakib showed that he is ready for the task with a fine display on this day.

The Afghanistan batsmen, who has a reasonable amount of experience in tackling spin, failed to read him either off the hand or off the pitch.

The dismissal of Najibullah Zadran underlined that point. Zadran failed to read a ball that came along with the hand and held its line.

The ball went past his tentative push to rattle the stumps, and Afghanistan were in all sorts of trouble, a position that ended with their defeat.

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