The Afghanistan vs Bangladesh result in match 3 of the World Cup 2023 saw the Tigers win the game by 6 wickets.
Afghanistan's batting journey began on a sunny day, with them sent to the crease after losing the toss. They got off to a promising start, accumulating 83 runs in the initial 15 overs, losing only one wicket in the process.
The opener, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, seemed like a formidable force at the crease, managing to score 36 runs off 41 balls.
However, the tide turned when the Bangladeshi skipper, Shakib Al Hasan, took the ball into his hands and claimed his second victim, Rahmat Shah. This marked the beginning of a downward spiral for the Afghan side as they started losing wickets in quick succession.
Mehidy Hasan Miraz led the Tigers' bowling attack with precision, ultimately restricting the Afghan innings to a total of 156 runs in 38 overs. Miraz displayed his ability with the ball, bagging three crucial wickets, and matching his counterpart, the Tiger captain.
Shoriful Islam contributed with two wickets, while Mustafizur Rahman and Taskin Ahmed each chipped in with one wicket.
With a relatively modest target to chase, the Bangladeshi batsmen were initially not burdened by pressure. However, a brilliant throw from Najibullah Zadran led to the dismissal of Tanzid Hasan. A few overs later, Litton Das was bowled by Fazalhaq Farooqi, thanks to an inside edge.
As Bangladesh found themselves in a slightly precarious situation after losing two quick wickets, Najibullah's fielding error granted Miraz a second chance. He capitalized on this opportunity by forging a resilient 97-run partnership with Najmul Hasan Shanto.
This partnership brought Bangladesh within touching distance of victory. Although Miraz eventually lost his wicket to Naveen-ul-Haq, Shanto stood firm and steered Bangladesh to a well-deserved triumph.
Afghanistan vs Bangladesh result: Bangladesh won by 6 wickets
Bangladesh displayed a dominating performance in their opening match of the ICC World Cup 2023, as they beat Afghanistan by 6 wickets.
Afghanistan's innings: Opener Gurbaz showcased his skills with 47 runs before a superb catch by Tanzid dismissed him. Ibrahim Zadran added a brisk 22, but Shakib removed him. Afghanistan faced difficulties in maintaining momentum, losing wickets regularly. The Bangladeshi bowling proved too much for them, as they lost crucial wickets at regular intervals. At last, Afghanistan managed to post a total of 156 runs.
Bangladesh’s innings: Bangladesh secured a comfortable victory against Afghanistan, effortlessly chasing down the target. Shanto and Miraz's steady partnership was pivotal. Two dropped catches favored Bangladesh, giving Miraz extra chances. Despite some early wickets, Afghanistan couldn't halt Bangladesh's composed approach, and they reached 156 runs with 92 balls left.
Bangladesh’s performance: A solid performance from Bangladesh, as they restricted Afghanistan to a modest 156 runs. Mehidy and Shakib, the all-rounders were clinical in picking up crucial wickets. The tight bowling and disciplined fielding set the stage for Bangladesh's comfortable chase. Miraz performed well with bat too, his partnership with Shanto got the job done for the Tigers.
Man of the Match | Afghanistan vs Bangladesh result
Mehidy Hasan Miraz deservedly earned the Man of the Match title for his pivotal role in Bangladesh's maiden victory in the 2023 World Cup. His remarkable all-round performance made the difference. Initially, he excelled with the ball, recording impressive figures of 3 wickets for just 25 runs in 9 overs. Later, with the bat, he played a crucial innings, scoring 57 runs off 73 balls, laced with 5 boundaries.
Afghanistan vs Bangladesh result: Final scorecard
The final scorecard of the Afghanistan vs Bangladesh match.
Afghanistan innings: 156 all out (37.2 overs)
|Rahmanullah Gurbaz †||c Tanzid Hasan b Mustafizur Rahman||47||62||4||1||75.8|
|Ibrahim Zadran||c Tanzid Hasan b Shakib Al Hasan||22||25||3||1||88|
|Rahmat Shah||c Litton Das b Shakib Al Hasan||18||25||1||0||72|
|Hashmatullah Shahidi (c)||c Towhid Hridoy b Mehidy Hasan Miraz||18||38||2||0||47.36|
|Najibullah Zadran||b Shakib Al Hasan||5||13||0||0||38.46|
|Mohammad Nabi||b Taskin Ahmed||6||12||0||0||50|
|Azmatullah Omarzai||b Shoriful Islam||22||20||4||0||110|
|Rashid Khan||b Mehidy Hasan Miraz||9||16||1||0||56.25|
|Mujeeb Ur Rahman||b Mehidy Hasan Miraz||1||4||0||0||25|
|Naveen-ul-Haq||c Towhid Hridoy b Shoriful Islam||0||6||0||0||0|
|Fazalhaq Farooqi||not out||0||3||0||0||0|
|Shakib Al Hasan||8||0||30||3||3.75|
|Mehidy Hasan Miraz||9||3||25||3||2.77|
Bangladesh innings: 158/4 (34.4 overs)
|Tanzid Hasan||run out (Najibullah Zadran)||5||13||1||0||38.46|
|Litton Das||b Fazalhaq Farooqi||13||18||2||0||72.22|
|Mehidy Hasan Miraz||c Rahmat Shah b Naveen-ul-Haq||57||73||5||0||78.08|
|Najmul Hossain Shanto||not out||59||83||3||1||71.08|
|Shakib Al Hasan (c)||c Fazalhaq Farooqi b Azmatullah Omarzai||14||19||2||0||73.68|
|Mushfiqur Rahim †||not out||2||3||0||0||66.66|
|Extras||(lb 3, nb 1, w 4)||8|
|Mujeeb Ur Rahman||7||0||30||0||4.28|