Afghanistan beat Bangladesh by 136 runs in Asia Cup

Lawrence Kim
September 21, 2018

That's how impressive they have been of late.

Talented spinner Rashid Khan celebrated his 20th birthday by scoring a half century and taking two wickets as Afghanistan upset Bangladesh by 136 runs in the Asia Cup on Thursday.

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While their most significant players still remain the spin wizard duo of Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman, other players like all-rounder Mohammad Nabi and Rahmat Shah are using the platform nicely to shine for their national team.

Afghanistan, on the other hand, have just made one change from the XI that thrashed Sri Lanka - Najibullah Zadran has been replaced by Samiullah Shenwari. Bangladesh outclassed Sri Lanka by 137 runs in the tournament opener on 15th September. Let's now head to the full Asia Cup 2018 match predictions for Bangladesh vs Afghanistan. Instead, they both made Sri Lanka pack their bags before the defending champions India could even begin their campaign. Their bowlers then followed that up with a spectacular performance as they bowled the Lankans out for just 124 in the 36th over.

While this match doesn't really hold much outcome, both teams would like to actually end the Asia Cup group stage with a victory.

But Rashid (57) and Naib (42) had other idea and their unbeaten stand of 95 took the game out of Bangladesh's reach.

When he sent back skipper Mohammad Nabi (10) with the fifth delivery of the 41st over, Afghanistan were tottering at 160 for seven and Bangladesh looked set to bundle them out for a few more runs.

Abu Hider and Nazmul Hossain Shanto debut for Bangladesh.

Afghanistan are expected to play their same playing XI. He scored 144 of 150, and received decent support from Mohammad Mithun (63) as Bangladesh scored 261.

Both Afghanistan and Bangladesh have already qualified for the Super 4 round.

Bangladesh: Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehidy Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Ariful Haque.

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