Rashid's late fifty lifts Afghanistan to strong total after Shakib four

Birthday boy Rashid stars as Afghanistan upset Bangladesh

Preview: Afghanistan knocked Sri Lanka out of the Asia Cup after thrashing the Islanders by 91 runs in a Group B match at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dabi and secured a place in the super 4s of the tournament.

Rashid scored a rapid unbeaten 32-ball 57 with eight fours and a six to lift Afghanistan to an imposing 255-7 after their captain Asghar Afghan won the toss and chose to bat at Sheikh Zayed Stadium. Instead, they both made Sri Lanka pack their bags before the defending champions India could even begin their campaign.

Bangladesh chasing 256 runs for victory was struggling at 59 for four wickets at the end of 20 overs in their Asia Cup Group B match against Afghanistan at Abu Dhabi.

Mushfiqur Rahim needs 28 runs to become the third Bangladesh player to score 5000 runs in ODIs after Tamim Iqbal & Shakib Al Hasan.

Bangladesh: Shakib Al Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), Mohammad Mithun, Liton Das, Mushfiqur Rahim, Ariful Haque, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehidy Hasan, Nazmul Islam, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Abu Hider Rony, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Mominul Haque.

Khan and Gulbadin Naib added 97 runs in the last final 10 overs.

The two sides have already qualified for the Super Four stage of the competition.

Mujeeb spoiled the One-Day International debut of opener Nazmul Hossain Shanto (7), who went for a big shot on the leg side but the ball took a thick outside edge and ballooned towards Aftab at point.

Rashid's delivery beat Shakib completely for pace as the batsman went back but was a bit late to bring his bat down in the 24th over.

Earlier, Hashmatullah Shahidi and Rashid Khan scored half centuries as Afghanistan posted a strong 255/7 against Bangladesh at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi in their Asia Cup 2018 encounter on Thursday.

Among the eight Bangladesh bowlers used in the attack, left-arm spinner Shakib was the only one to complete 10 overs, finishing with four wickets conceding 42 runs. Bangladesh and Afghanistan have played each other on five occasions With Bangladesh winning three and Afghanistan two. They came together in the 41st over at 160 for 7 and remained unconquered till the end.

Rashid hit eigth fours and 1 six in his superb innings while Gulbadin got five boundaries to his name.

Mohammad Shahzad and Hashmatullah Shahidi then began the recovery. For Afghanistan, a good outing with the bat will augur well for the team.

Shakib then added another wicket to his kitty in the 34th over by having Samiullah Shenwari (18) to reduce Afghanistan to 239 for 5.

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