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.

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    Asia Cup 2018, Live Score and Updates AFG vs BAN: Death bowling at its best. The left-armer Rahman shows once again why he’s one of the best in the business. Afghanistan came close, but just couldn’t get themselves over the line. For the neutral, it made for some excellent viewing. One to remember for a good while.

    Chasing a target of 250, Afghanistan didn’t get off to the best of starts losing two early wickets. Post that, the Bangla bowlers kept applying the pressure and kept the run flow very much in check. There were two good partnerships in the middle, one between Shahzad and Shahidi and the next between Shahidi and Asghar, but the former went at a slow rate and that hampered things quite a lot. Still, despite that, some late hitting towards the end from Nabi saw his team come close, but it wasn’t to be.
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    Asia Cup 2018, Live Updates AFG vs BAN: No run, And that’s it! BANGLADESH WIN BY 3 RUNS! What an over from Mustafizur Rahman. Still so young but has so much experience already and he’s shown that here tonight. Superb stuff. He angles it across the batsman on a back of a length, Shenwari goes for the big pull. Misses the ball and the bat slips out of his hands as well. Bangladesh (249/7) beat Afghanistan (246/7) by 3 runs

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    Asia Cup 2018, Live Score and Updates AFG vs BAN: OUT! Rashid doesn’t last very long! Mustafizur cramps Khan for room seeing him back away. Bangs it short and the batsman looks to swing across the line. Gets it off the top half and it pops back to the bowler who gobbles it up. Still 6 in 4. Still some batting left for Afghanistan. The game, still very much in the balance. AFG 244/7 in 49.2 overs vs BAN (249/7)

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    Asia Cup 2018, Live Updates AFG vs BAN: Superbly placed. Length delivery around off, Khan backs away and slaps it past the diving extra cover fielder. That instantly means an extra run and the batsmen take two as the sweeper mops it up. Afghanistan 242/6 in 49 overs, chase 250 to win vs Bangladesh (249/7)

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    Asia Cup 2018, Live Score and Updates AFG vs BAN: Gone next ball! What’s going to happen here? Nobody can tell. Can go either way. Nabi takes it on the full and looks to clear wide long off. Doesn’t get enough elevation on it and it flies towards Shanto there. He moves to his left and takes a good diving catch. Nabi departs, but he’s brought his team in a good position. AFG 238/6 in 48.3 overs vs BAN (249/7)

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    Asia Cup 2018, Live Updates AFG vs BAN: SIX! Take a bow, Mohammad Nabi. Doing it for his team and taking it home. Beautiful. Shakib floats it up and Nabi gives the charge. Connects sweetly and sends it sailing deep into the long off stands for a biggie. Afghanistan 232/5 in 48.2 overs, chase 250 to win vs Bangladesh (249/7)

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