Fatullah - Afghanistan have put up a brilliant performance to upset hosts Bangladesh by 32 runs in the Asia Cup match at Fatullah on Saturday.
rode on a brilliant unbeaten career best 90 by Asghar Stanikzai and a
punishing 69-ball 81 by Samiullah Shinwari to post a challenging 254-6
before bowling out their rivals for 222 in 47.5 overs.
victory marked its first win over a Test playing country in four
one-day matches. They previously lost both their one-day internationals
against Pakistan and one against Australia.
Afghanistan are playing the Asia Cup for the first time.
was a great shock for the hosts, who were runners-up in the last Asia
Cup in 2012 to Pakistan as they played without their key all-rounder
Shakib Al Hasan, suspended over indiscipline, and injured spearhead
Bangladesh, who lost their opening match to
India, never looked settled in their run-chase as they lost their
openers by the second over with only a single run on the board.
was a 68-run stand between Mominul Haque (50) and skipper Mushfiqur
Rahim (23) that lifted Bangladesh before Afghan captain Mohammad Nabi
claimed his counterpart's wicket.
Nabi finished with 3-44 while pacemen Hamid Hassan and Shapoor Zadran took two wickets apiece.
hit six boundaries in a sedate 72-ball innings but once he was bowled
by Shinwari (1-23), all hopes of a home team win evaporated.
Nasir Hossain and Ziaur Rahman chipped in with 41 apiece but could only delay the inevitable.- 'Outplayed' -
Afghan captain was ecstatic over the win.
our first win against a full member," said Nabi. "It was a good
partnership between Stanikzai and Shinwari that lifted us and despite
missing some chances in the field we bowled well to achieve this
"Fans and the whole country must be celebrating and we will do our best in the remaining matches," he said.
Bangladesh captain Rahim was left disappointed.
were outplayed in all three departments. We played well earlier in the
first 30 overs but they did well thereafter. It's disappointing to
lose," he said.
Earlier, Afghanistan, put in to bat, owed their
total to a record sixth wicket stand of 164 runs between Stanikzai and
Shinwari who lifted their team from a precarious 90-5.
Stanikzai-Shinwari stand is the third highest partnership for
Afghanistan in all one-day internationals and the highest for the sixth
Stanikzai hit six boundaries and three towering sixes in his highest one-day score while Shinwari smashed 10 fours and a six.
ran riot in the final 10 overs as Afghanistan added 107 for the loss of
Shinwari who was run out off the penultimate delivery.
had lost opener Mohammad Shahzad (two) in the third over of the innings
before Karim Sadiq (12) and Najibullah Zadran (21) took the total to
Nawroz Mangal (24) and skipper Mohammad Nabi (seven) too
failed to benefit from good starts as Afghanistan were left struggling
at 90-5 in the 27th over.
It was left to Stanikzai and Shinwari to lift the innings.
Sri Lanka have won both their matches while title-holders Pakistan and India have won one of their two matches.
India meet Pakistan in a high-profile match in Mirpur on Sunday.