Asia Cup 2018, Afghanistan vs Bangladesh Highlights: Mustafizur Rahman bowled a sensational last over as Bangladesh huffed and puffed to a narrow three-run win over a spirited Afghanistan in a Super Four match to keep themselves in the race for the Asia Cup final on Sunday. Afghanistan yet again came close to a victory against a top-Asian team but faltered in finishing, losing plot in the last 10 overs of the chase.Also Read - IPL 2022: Threat of Ban Looms Large on KL Rahul, Rashid Khan Before IPL Mega Auctions | Report
They needed eight runs off the final over but experienced paceman Mustafizur conceded only four and also dismissed dangerous Rashid Khan (5). Afghanistan looked well in control with Hashmatullah (71) and captain Asghar Afghan (39) going very strong after losing three wickets. Also Read - Rashid Khan Becomes Youngest Bowler to Take 400 T20 Wickets, Joins Dwayne Bravo, Sunil Narine in Elite List
They stitched a 78-run partnership for the fourth wicker but Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza dismissed both to puncture Afghanistan hopes. Also Read - NZ vs AFG T20 Scorecard, T20 World Cup 2021 Today Match Report: New Zealand Beat Afghanistan by 8 Wickets to Clinch Semifinal Spot; India Knocked Out From Tournament
Mohammad Nabi (38) and Samiullah Shenwari (23 not out) produced a quick-fire 46-run stand for the sixth wicket but that was not enough as they ended with 246 for seven, while chasing 250.
Mahmudullah (74) made it memorable match for himself. After batting well at ca rucial juncture, he dismissed Afghanistan opener Mohammad Shahzad (53) and also took a catch of the rival skipper.
Bangladesh now need to beat Pakistan on Wednesday to qualify for the summit clash.
Afghanistan bowlers could not capitalise on a dominant start upfront and allowed Bangladesh to score a competitive 249 for seven with Mahmudullah and Imrul Kayes repairing the innings with fighting half-centuries.
Mahmudullah and Kayes (72 not out), playing his first ODI in almost a year, shared a 128-run stand for the fifth wicket to lift their side from a precarious 87 for five after electing to bat.