Star leg-spinner Rashid Khan came out with a brilliant all-round performance as Afghanistan defeated Bangladesh easily by a huge margin of 136 runs in the last Group B encounter of the ongoing Asia Cup 2018 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.
After contributing with valuable 57 runs to help Afghanistan post a competitive target of 256, Rashid, who celebrated his 20th birthday, went on to take two crucial wickets giving away just 13 runs beside contributing with a brilliant run-out as Bangladesh were bundled out for mere 119 runs. Read here for highlights of the match
None of the Bangladeshi batters could stay much at the wicket as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals and eventually went on to lose the match by a huge margin. Apart from Shakib Al Hasan (37) and Mahmudullah (26), no other batsmen made any contribution.
Apart from Rashid, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Gulbadin Naib took two-two wickets each and never let Bangladesh go away with the game.
Earlier, it was calm and composed fifty by Hashmatullah Shahidi followed by late onslaught from Rashid and Gulbadin which helped Afghanistan post 255-7 in their stipulated quota of 50 overs.
Winning the toss and electing to bat, Afghanistan did not have the best of starts as they lost Ihsanullah Janat in the second over of their innings by debutant Abu Hider. Hider then went on to pick the wicket of Rahmat Shah to leave Afghanistan in a spot with just 28 runs on the board.
Then Mohammad Shahzad (37) and Shahidi (58) shared a good third-wicket partnership before the latter fell prey to Shakib al Hasan. Then Afghanistan kept losing wickets at regular intervals and it seemed like they would end somewhere around 200. However, Rashid, who is celebrating his 20th birthday today, along with Naib, stitched together a beautiful partnership for the seventh wicket to help Afghanistan post a strong total of 255-7.
Shakib was the pick of the Bangladesh bowlers as he scalped four wickets. Debutant Hider also impressed with the ball as he picked up two wickets besides a brilliant catch.
Rashid was adjudged the Man of the Match for his stupendous all-round performance.
Bangladesh will now travel to Dubai where they will take on India while Afghanistan will face Pakistan on Friday in the Super Four stage.