Bangladesh became the second team to qualify for the Asia Cup Super-Four stage after beating Aghanistan on September 4 at Lahore’s Gadaffi Stadium.
Babar Azam-led Pakistan was the first team to advance into knockout stage. Speaking of Bangladesh, Shakib Al Hasan-led delivered an all-round performance on Monday to register an easy victory by 89-runs in Lahore.
While batting first, Mehidy Hasan Miraz (112) and Najmul Hossain Shanto (104) batted brilliantly to post mammoth 334/5 in 50 overs.
Both the batters were at an absolute best against Afghanistan as the duo stitched match-defining partnership of 215-runs for the third wicket in the 1st innings.
Skipper Shakib Al Hasan also made a blitz contribution with his 32 off 18 deliveries. For Afghanistan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Gulbadin Naib took one wicket each.
In response, Afghanistan had a horrific start as opener Rahmanullah Gurbaz (1 off 7) was dismissed by Shoriful Islam in the second over of 2nd innings.
However, another opener Ibrahim Zadran added crucial 78-runs with Rahmat Shah (33 off 57) for the 2nd wicket followed by 53-run partnership with skipper Hashmatullah Shahidi (51 off 60).
Right-arm pacer Hasan Mahmud picked prized wicket of Zadran (75) in the 28th over and Shoriful Islam sent Shahidi packing in 38th.
Thereafter, Tasking Ahmed rattled Afghanistan’s middle-order and ended up with an impressing figure of 44/4 in 8.3 overs.
Shoriful Islam too bagged three wickets in the game. Mehidy Hasan was adjudged Player of The Match for his brilliant piece of batting. With that win, Bangladesh became the second team to qualify for the Asia Cup Super-4 stage after Pakistan.