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 - Shikhar Dhawan Knows Sunrisers Hyderabad In And Out: Sanjay Bangar Backs DC Opener to Score Big Against His Former Team
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 - IPL 2020 | Have Avoided Bowling Fuller Lengths: SRH's Rashid Khan
They stitched a 78-run partnership for the fourth wicker but Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza dismissed both to puncture Afghanistan hopes. Also Read - IPL 2020 Match Highlights SRH vs RCB Eliminator Today's Match Abu Dhabi: Williamson, Holder Help Hyderabad Beat Bangalore to Make Qualifier 2
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.