BAN vs. AFG: Bangladesh Wins With 6 Wickets in CWC 2023

Highlights of the BAN vs. AFG match from the 2023 ICC Men’s World Cup: Shakib Al Hasan and co. crushed Afghanistan by six wickets at Dharamsala on Saturday, giving Bangladesh a good start to the tournament. Afghanistan, which was asked to bat first, was dismissed for 156 in 37.2 overs, and Bangladesh easily finished the run chase after that.

Mehidy Hasan Miraz was essential to Bangladesh’s victory. The all-rounder helped Bangladesh keep control of the game throughout by taking three wickets, scoring 57 (73), and taking three catches. The Afghan fielders helped Mehidy out a little bit by giving him two early reprieves. When he was batting at 16, Najibullah dropped him at point, and when he was at 22, Mujeeb Ur Rahman dropped him at third base.

BAN vs. AFG Highlights CWC 2023

BAN vs. AFG: Bangladesh Wins With 6 Wickets in CWC 2023

Mehidy took full advantage of the lost opportunities and proceeded to reach his half-century in 58 balls. When he was stranded LBW on 50, he struck fortunate three times when DRS saved him. Rahmat Shah ultimately caught a one-handed stunner at mid-off, dismissing Mehidy for 57(73). He added 97 runs for the third wicket with Najmul Hossain Shanto.

Najmul, on the other side, scored an undefeated 59 (83), which enabled Bangladesh to win the match with 15.2 overs remaining. Earlier, Ibrahim Zadran and Rahmanullah Gurbaz combined 47 runs for the first wicket to give Afghanistan a respectable start. Shakib’s dismissal of Ibrahim for 22(25) in the ninth over gave Bangladesh their first success. The run-rate fell after Shakib got rid of Rahmat Shah for 18(25), which led to more gains.

Captain Hashmatullah Shahidi was removed for 18(38) by Mehidy, and Mustafizur Rahman removed Gurbaz for 47(62) in the following over. In short succession, Afghanistan lost two more wickets as Shakib dismissed Najibullah Zadran for five (13). And Taskin Ahmed dismissed Mohammad Nabi for six off twelve. The tail was also powerless as Azmatullah Omarzai’s final few strikes helped Afghanistan reach a respectable 156. Before being caught by Shoriful Islam, Azmatullah collected 22 points off of 20 balls.

While preparing to bat, Mujeeb Ur Rahman forgets his abdominal guard

While preparing to bat, Mujeeb Ur Rahman forgets his abdominal guard

In the third game of the current 2023 World Cup in Dharamsala on Saturday (October 7). Afghanistan’s Mujeeb Ur Rahman stepped out to bat against Bangladesh without his abdomen guard on. He could have forgotten the abdominal guard or the box since even he may not have expected to bat so early in the innings. After Afghanistan lost the wicket of Rashid Khan in the 35th over. Mujeeb Ur Rahman was forced to leave the pitch.

Mujeeb Ur Rahman may have been caught off guard by the rapid wicket-taking and failed to put on the crucial box. He was already in the centre of the field when he realised his error. And the Bangladeshi players couldn’t help but giggle as he summoned over a teammate to give him the abdomen guard. As Mujeeb Ur Rahman shyly awaited the guard, even the pundits were cracking up.

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