Canberra - Afghanistan never recovered from a horror start as Bangladesh
overpowered the Cricket World Cup newcomers by 105 runs at Canberra's Manuka
Oval on Wednesday.
The Afghans marked their World Cup debut by
holding Bangladesh to 267 all out after losing the toss but crumbled to
three for three in the opening three overs of their reply.
chaotic start with the bat meant Afghanistan were never likely to repeat
their win over Test nation Bangladesh at last year's Asia Cup one-day
Bangladesh, cheered on by their passionate fans, must
now beat at least one of the big four in Pool A - co-hosts Australia
and New Zealand, Sri Lanka and England - and also win against Scotland
to keep their quarter-final hopes alive.
The Tigers ne- ball
attack, spearheaded by skipper Mashrafe Mortaza (three for 20), proved
too much for Afghanistan to handle, even on a placid batting pitch, and
they were dismissed for 162 with more than seven overs left.
Ahmadi was out for one on the last ball of the opening over after a
leading edge to a short-pitched delivery from Mortaza saw him caught and
Afsar Zazai followed next ball in the following over by
Rubel Hossain, leg before for one, and Asghar Stanikzai made it three
for three when he edged Mortaza to Mahmudullah, who held a juggled
chance at first slip.
Nawroz Mangal and Samiullah Shenwari
stabilised the innings with a 62-run stand before Nawroz was out for 27
slog-sweeping Mahmudullah to Rubel at deep square leg.
Hossain injured his knee in making the tumbling catch but there was more damage to Afghanistan who slumped to 65 for four.
was run out for 42 going for a second run by Shabbir Rahman's throw
from fine leg even though he dived to make his ground.
Zadran went leg before wicket to Shakib for 17, skipper Mohammad Nabi
spooned a catch to Soumya Sarkar off Mortaza for 44 and Mirwais Ashraf
was taken by Mortaza at long-off from Shakib for 10 as the Afghan
Earlier, Bangladesh were indebted to
man-of-the-match Mushfiqur Rahim, who top-scored with 71 off 56 balls,
while star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan chipped in with 63 off 51 balls.
and Shakib lived up to their reputation as Bangladesh's best batsmen
with a defiant century stand to kick along their team's dawdling early
They raised a hundred partnership off 14.4 overs to
thrill their excitable green and red-clad fans, who made for a lively
atmosphere inside the ground.
Shakib slammed paceman Hamid Hassan for four and six and went for another big heave only to be bowled off an inside edge.
ICC's top-rated allrounder, Shakib put on 114 runs for the fifth wicket
with Mushfiqur. It was the fourth hundred stand the pair had shared and
they have now scored 1,725 runs together at 39.20.
However, wickets tumbled in the final overs with Hamid, Shapoor Zadran, Mirwais Ashraf and Aftab Alam all taking two apiece.
Mirwais claimed the honour of getting Afghanistan's first wicket at the
World Cup when he had Tamim Iqbal caught superbly by diving
Mirwais followed up by dismissing the other
opener, Anamul Haque, lbw for 29 after a batsman's review to leave
Bangladesh 52 for two.
Bangladesh struggled to take control and were just 119 for four before Mushfiqur and Shakib revived their innings.