The first two ODIs against Afghanistan were won by the Bangladesh Tigers comfortably. But the team Tigers failed to replicate the same in the final game, losing to Afghanistan by 7 wickets.
Having won the series by 2-1, Bangladesh is top of the ICC Super League table with 100 points from 15 games. But according to Sport News BD experts, they missed 20 easy points due to losing the last two games in their previous two series against Sri Lanka and Afghanistan.
After winning the toss, Bangladesh decided to bat first in the last ODI held today. Liton Das, who had scored a century in the previous ODI, was batting comfortably and nicely today. He was batting at one end and doing well enough to hold the momentum. Unfortunately, the rest of his teammates disappointed both him and the cricket fans cheaply.
The dismissal of Liton in the 36th over for 86 triggered the collapse of his side. They just fell like a pack of cards, leaving the team all out for 192 in 46.5 overs.
In reply, Afghanistan started with a blistering start, displaying good shots and scoring runs per ball. Their openers Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Riaz Hassan added 57 runs in the first power play.
Rahmanullah Gurbaz adjudged Man of the Match for his sensible 106 runs (not out) steered his team home with 53 balls spare. Though he got three lifelines, using them efficiently to score the third TON in his ODI career. With this win, Afghanistan is now at number four in the ICC Super League table.
Here is some of the post-match presentation:
Tamim: Very disappointed today, We were in a similar position against SL as well, where we couldn’t win the last game. We played well in the middle but lost rhythm towards the end. I thought Liton also got out at the wrong time. He was going well and was the man in form. I thought this was the most important game in the series. Although we won the series, it is all about getting points. No excuses at all. When were batting, the ball was doing a bit in the first 20 overs. We did all the hard work and then got out. Credit must go to the way Gurbaz batted, he gave chances but we didn’t hold on.
Rahmanullah Gurbaz | MoM: I had some injury in the last game but I was completely fine today. We lost the series, but it was a strong comeback. My captain wants 100s from me, not 50s. When I get set, I try and hold my innings and play long. I was in really good form, today was my day. The other batters played really well. I was under pressure because I didn’t perform in the first two games. Riaz is a young guy and he played really well. (Cricbuzz)