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Najibullah powers Afghanistan to Asian Cup
Najibullah powers Afghanistan to Asian Cup
Najibullah powers Afghanistan to Asian Cup

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Najibullah powers Afghanistan to Asian Cup

Najibullah propels Afghanistan to Asian Cup Super Fours. Zadran tore into the opposition attack with six. Sixes to guide Afghanistan into the Super Four stage of the Asia Cup. With a seven-wicket win over Bangladesh on Tuesday.

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Chasing victory by 128, Afghanistan were struggling at 62-3 when Najibullah (43 not out). Joined Ibrahim Zadran (42 not out) for an unbeaten 69 as they won by nine balls in Sharjah.

Spinners Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Rashid Khan took three wickets to seal victory. As Afghanistan restricted their opponents to 127-7 after Bangladesh elected to bat first.
Afghanistan, led by Mohammad Nabi. Registered their second straight win to become the first of six teams to advance to the next stage of the competition. Which serves as a tune-up for the T20 World Cup in October-November.

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Afghanistan lost Rahmanullah Gurbaz for 11 as captain Shakib Al Hasan. Playing in his 100th T20 international, had the opener out with a left arm sprain.

Mosaddek Hossain dismissed Hazratullah Zazai for 23. When Afghanistan appeared to have lost control of their chase and runs were hard to come by.

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Bangladeshi supporters

Nabi departed on the 13th and the Bangladeshi supporters, who clearly outnumbered the Afghans, raised the roof.

But the left-handed Najibullah timed the chase to perfection. As he ended his 17-ball blitz with a flurry of sixes and one four.

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Najibullah powers Afghanistan to Asian Cup
Najibullah powers Afghanistan to Asian Cup

The innings overshadowed Ibrahim’s knock as he hit four fours in his 41-ball stay.

Earlier, Mujeeb shared the new ball with left-arm fast Fazalhaq Farooqi and struck in each of his first three overs. Including the crucial wicket of Shakib in the 11th over.

Rashid joined forces with Mujeeb after the powerplay and sent back wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim, trapped lbw for one.

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Mushfiqur failed to googly pick the brilliant Rashid. Who was not given out by the umpire, only for Afghanistan to successfully review the decision in their favour.

Afif Hossain and Mahmudullah Riyad tried to recover. But Rashid broke through with another googly, trapping left-armer Afif lbw in the 12th over.

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Rashid struck again to cut Mahmudullah’s stay to 25 as the batsman blasted a shot to deep mid-wicket.

Mosaddek Hossain then took on the bowlers to smash four boundaries and a six in his late lightning 48. But Afghanistan finished the innings by scoring just seven runs in the final over, which included a runout.

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Teams

Afghanistan: Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Ibrahim Zadran, Karim Janat, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi (capt), Rashid Khan, Azmatullah Omarzai, Naveen-ul-Haq, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Faro

Bangladesh: Mohammad Naim, Anamul Haque, Shakib Al Hasan (capt), Afif Hossain, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mosaddek Hossain, Mahmudullah, Mahedi Hasan, Mohammad Saifuddin, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman

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