Afghanistan cruised into the Super Four stage of the World Asia Cup with a clinical victory over Bangladesh at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Tuesday night.
Chasing a modest target of 128, Najibullah Zadran’s blitz turned the tables on Bangladesh, who thought they could take the game deep. Najibullah came up with an unbeaten 43 from just 17 deliveries that was studded with six sizzling sixes and a boundary, while Ibrahim Zadran scored an unbeaten 42 from 41 deliveries with four boundaries. Afghanistan won by seven wickets and with nine balls to spare.
Earlier, Afghanistan spinners Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Rashid Khan combined to keep down Bangladesh to 127-7 in their Group B Twenty20 clash in the Asia Cup on Tuesday. Mujeeb and Rashid took three wickets each to rattle the opposition after Bangladesh elected to bat first at Sharjah in their opening match of the six-nation tournament.—Agencies