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Sidelights – ICC World T20 | Bangladesh Vs Afghanistan

The facts and figures about the first match of this year’s ICC World T20 between the host nation Bangladesh and its Asian counterpart Afghanistan.

ICC World T20 | First Round – Match 1 | Bangladesh Vs Afghanistan

Sidelights – ICC World T20 | Bangladesh Vs Afghanistan

Venue: Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka

Match Info:

Toss:Bangladesh, who chose to bowl first

Playing XIs

Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Sabbir Rahman, Nasir Hossain, Mahmudullah, Farhad Reza, Mashrafe Mortaza, Al-Amin Hossain, Abdur Razzak

Afghanistan: Mohammad Shahzad, Najeeb Tarakai, Gulbadin Naib, Nawroz Mangal, Mohammad Nabi, Karim Sadiq, Shafiqullah, Samiullah Shenwari, Dawlat Sardan, Shapoor Zardan, Aftab Alam

Mini Score Card:

Afghanistan 72 – all out (20) – Gulbadin Naib 21 (22) | Shakib Al Hasan 3/8 (3.1)

Bangladesh 78/1 (12) – Anamul Haque 44* (33) | Samiullah Shenwari 1/14 (3)

Result:Bangladesh won by 9 wickets

Points:Bangladesh 2, Afghanistan 0

Man of the match: Shakib  Al Hasan (Bangladesh)

Umpires: Richard Illingworth (England) , Nigel Llong (Both England) | Kumar Dharmasena (3rd – Sri Lanka) | Richard Kettleborough (Reserve – England)

Match Referee: Ranjan Madugalle (Sri Lanka)

How they played the game

Powerplay:Afghanistan 36 runs, 3 wickets | Bangladesh 36 runs, No wicket

First 50 Runs:Afghanistan 58 balls, Bangladesh 53 balls

Best Partnerships:

Afghanistan: 2nd Wicket-  36 from 32 balls | Contributors: Gulbadin Naib 21 (22) and Najeeb Tarakai 7 (10)

Bangladesh:  1st Wicket – 45 from 46 balls | Contributors: Anamul Haque 23* (19) and Tamim Iqbal 21 (27)


Afghanistan: Fours – 6 (Glubadin Naib 3) SIXERS – 1 (Gulbadin Naib)

Bangladesh: Fours -7 (Anamul Haque 4) SIXERS – 3 (Anamul Haque)

Important facts about the match

  • Bangladesh had lost an ODI against Afghanistan just 16 days back
  • This is Bangladesh’s best performance in T20Is till date
  • This is first time  Bangladesh has bowled out its opposition in any international T20 match till date
  • Mahmudullah’s spell of 4-1-8-1 is the most economical by a Bangladeshi in T20Is till today
  • Bangladesh bowled total 24 dot balls in the six power play overs, in other words they have bowled 4 maiden overs.
  • Mohammad Shahzad became the only Afghanistan batsman who has scored 1000 runs in all levels of T20 cricket
  • This win has ended Bangladesh’s losing streak of 10 matches in World T20.
  • This is Bangaldesh’s first international win since 3rd November, 2013

In the Picture: Anamul Haq after  hitting the winning shot

Picture Courtesy: ESPN Cricinfo


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