Tigers set 266 for Afghanistan

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Dhaka, September 25: Two half-centuries from Tamim Iqbal and Mahmudullah along with a quick knock from Shakib Al Hasan helped Bangladesh to set a moderate target of 266 for touring Afghanistan in the first of a three-match One Day International (ODI) series in Dhaka on Sunday.

Bangladesh scored 265 losing all wickets in 50 overs after skipper Mashrafe Mortaza won toss and chose to bat first.

Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar opened batting for Bangladesh. Soumya Sarkar departed without scoring any run. Dawlat Zadran made Soumya Sarkar a simple catch of Shabir Noori at midwicket in the fourth ball of the innings.

However, Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes added 83 runs in the second wicket partnership.

 Kayes was bowled by Mohammad Nabi in the 19th over. He scored 37 runs off 53 balls hitting 6 boundaries.

 Tamim continued batting well and reached his fifty with a boundary off Rashid Khan in the third delivery of 22nd over. The 27-year old left-hand batsman 63 balls on his way to half-century.

 He was caught by Naveen-ul-Haq off Mirwais Ashraf in the first delivery of 36th over. Tamim scored 80 runs off 98 balls hitting 9 boundaries.

 Mahmudullah and Tamim added 79 runs in the 3rd wicket partnership. Mahmudullah scored 62 runs off 72 balls smashing 5 fours and 2 sixes.

 Country’s ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan smashed 48 runs off only 40 balls with 3 boundaries in the middle.

But the other batsmen of middle and tail-end failed to contribute as Mushfiqur Rahim went for 6, Sabbir Rahman for 2, Mashrafe Mortaza for 4, Taijul Islam for 11 and Taskin Ahmed for 2.

Dawlat Zadran claimed 4 wickets for 73 while Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi bagged 2 wickets each and Mirwais Ashraf and Naveen-ul-Haq got 1 wicket each.

The match began at 2:30 at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur.

Pacer Shafiul Islam, Nasir Hossain and Mosaddek Hossain were left out of the 14-man squad announced for the first two ODIs.

This is Afghanistan`s first-ever bilateral series against Bangladesh. The Tigers are playing their first ODI since November last year.

 Bangladesh Team

1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Soumya Sarkar, 3 Imrul Kayes, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 5 Mahmudullah, 6 Shakib Al Hasan, 7 Sabbir Rahman, 8 Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), 9 Taskin Ahmed, 10 Taijul Islam, 11 Rubel Hossain.

Afghanistan Team

1 Mohammad Shahzad (wk), 2 Shabir Noor, 3 Rahmat Shah, 4 Asghar Stanikzai (capt), 5 Hashmatullah Shahidi, 6 Najibullah Zadran, 7 Mohammad Nabi, 8 Rashid Khan, 9 Mirwais Ashraf, 10 Dawlat Zadran, 11 Naveen-ul-Haq.

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