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Bangladesh beat Afghanistan by seven wickets in the final ODI

By Akanksha - 2023-07-12 13:18:28
Bangladesh beat Afghanistan by seven wickets in the final ODI

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On July 11, Bangladesh triumphed over Afghanistan by seven wickets in the third and final One Day International (ODI) of the series, held at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram. After a series where Bangladesh struggled to perform at their best, they showcased an exceptional display of bowling, restricting Afghanistan to a meager total of 126 runs. Led by Shoriful Islam's superb bowling figures of 4 for 21, the Bangladeshi bowlers dominated the Afghan batting lineup, setting the stage for a convincing victory.

Bangladesh's Bowling Masterclass:

Choosing to field first, Bangladesh immediately demonstrated their intent to turn the tide in their favor. Shoriful Islam, who replaced the experienced Mustafizur Rahman, delivered an outstanding performance. His spell of 9-1-21-4 showcased accuracy, precision, and relentless pressure on the Afghan batsmen. Shoriful's crucial dismissals included Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, and Mohammad Nabi, effectively dismantling the Afghan top order.

While Azmatullah Omarzai managed to offer some resistance with a well-compiled half-century, none of the other Afghan batsmen could withstand the disciplined Bangladeshi attack. Skipper Hashmatullah Shahidi contributed 22 runs before falling to Taijul Islam's bowling. Shakib Al Hasan, though taking only one wicket, proved to be a hard nut to crack with his economical figures of 10-1-13-1. Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Taskin Ahmed also made valuable contributions, securing a wicket each.

Litton Das and Shakib Al Hasan's Rescue Act:

In their chase, Bangladesh stumbled early with the loss of Mohammad Naim to Fazalhaq Farooqi. This setback increased the pressure on the hosts, especially after Farooqi dismissed Najmul Hossain Shanto as well, creating a sense of unease within the Bangladesh camp.

However, a resilient partnership of 61 runs between Litton Das and Shakib Al Hasan revived Bangladesh's hopes. Litton Das, the hero of the day, played a composed innings, remaining unbeaten on 53 runs off 60 deliveries. His knock featured three boundaries and two sixes, displaying both class and confidence. Shakib Al Hasan provided crucial support, contributing 39 runs from 40 balls, including five fours.

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Towhid Hridoy's Steady Contribution:

After Shakib's dismissal at the hands of Mohammad Nabi, Litton Das joined forces with Towhid Hridoy to further solidify Bangladesh's position. Their partnership of 40 runs proved to be the final blow for Afghanistan as Bangladesh successfully chased down the target. Towhid's steady performance and maturity under pressure showcased his potential, highlighting the depth of talent within the Bangladesh cricket team.

Bangladesh's victory in the third ODI against Afghanistan brought a much-needed consolation win to salvage their series performance. Their bowlers' dominant display, led by Shoriful Islam, set the foundation for success, restricting Afghanistan to a low total. Litton Das's unbeaten half-century and the crucial contributions from Shakib Al Hasan and Towhid Hridoy ensured a comfortable victory for the hosts.

This win not only restores Bangladesh's confidence but also emphasizes their resilience and ability to bounce back from setbacks. With this impressive performance, Bangladesh aims to build momentum and carry their winning spirit into future cricketing endeavors.

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