Afghanistan beat Bangladesh by two wickets in the second one-day international to level a three-match series 1-1 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka on Wednesday (Sep 28).
Chasing just 209, skipper Asghar Stanikzai (57) and Mohammad Nabi (49) put the tourists on course before the Tigers managed to boil it down to the last over at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Wednesday night.
A collapse in which Bangladesh lost five wickets for just 29 runs left them reeling at 141-7 but debutant Mosaddek Hossain (45 not out) dug deep to arrest the slide and give the bowlers a total to bowl at.
Openers Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar began cautiously while some tight bowling from the tourists early on made sure Bangladesh were off to a sedate start.
The openers scored 20 runs each in a 45-run partnership before Mirwais Ashraf took them out in successive overs, leaving Mahmudullah and Mushfiqur Rahim with the rebuilding.
The experienced duo seemed to have things under control when they took the team past 100 in the 23rd over but Stanikzai kept rotating his spinners in search of wickets.
Mahmullah departed scoring 25 and his 61-run stand with Mushfiqur (38) was the highest of the innings.
The collapse ensued when the wicketkeeper-batsman holed out at deep square leg as Shakib Al Hasan (17), Sabbir Rahman (4) and Mashrafe (2) walked back in the space of three runs.
Legspinner Rashid Khan grabbed 3 for 35 while Man-of-the-Match Nabi proved to be a thorn with figures of 2-16 in 10 overs.
Ace allrounder Shakib gave Bangladesh an ideal start when he struck twice in the fourth over to take out Nawroz Mangal (10) and Rahmat Shah (0).
Mosaddek showcased his skills with the ball when he trapped Hashmatullah Shahidi (14) in front with his first delivery and became the first debutant to do so for Bangladesh in an ODI.
Shakib saw the back of the ominous-looking Mohammad Shahzad (35) to peg the Afghans further back on 63-4.
But Stanikzai and Nabi paired in a recovery stand and put their team in front adding 107 runs for the fifth wicket.
It was Mashrafe who got the break for the home team in the 40th over with the crucial wicket of the Afghan captain before the 20-year-old Mosaddek earned the scalp of Nabi in the next.
A glittering debut from Mosaddek (2-30) and some fine bowling from Shakib (4-47) came in a lost cause as Bangladesh remain a win away from their 100th ODI victory.
Scoreboard of the second one-day international between Bangladesh and Afghanistan at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka on Wednesday:
Tamim Iqbal c Dawlat b Ashraf 20
Soumya Sarkar c Hashmatullah c Ashraf 20
Mahmudullah Riyad b Naveen-ul-Haq 25
Mushfiqur Rahim c Naveen-ul-Haq b Shah 38
Shakib Al Hasan lbw b Nabi 17
Sabbir Rahman lbw b Rashid 4
Mosaddek Hossain not out 45
Mashrafe Mortaza c Dawlat b Nabi 2
Taijul Islam lbw b Rashid Khan 10
Taskin Ahmed lbw b Rashid Khan 0
Rubel Hossain run out 10
Extras (b1, lb7, w8, nb1) 17
Total (all out 49.2 overs) 208
Fall of wickets: 1-45(Tamim), 2-50 (Soumya), 3-111 (Mahmudullah), 4-122 (Rahim), 5-138 (Shakib), 6-138 (Sabbir), 7-141 (Mortaza), 8-165 (Taijul), 9-165 (Taskin), 10-208 (Rubel)
Bowling: Nabi 10-3-16-2, Dawlat 8-1-47-0(w4), Ashraf 5-0-23-2 Naveen-ul-Haq 8.2-0-49-1(w1), Rashid 10-2-35-3 (w1), Shah 8-0-30-1(nb1, w2)
Mohammad Shahzad c Taskin b Shakib 35
Nawroz Mangal c Taijul b Shakib 10
Rahmat Shah lbw b Shakib 0
Hashmatullah Shahidi lbw b Mosaddek 14
Asghar Stanikzai c Sabbir b Mosaddek 57
Mohammad Nabi lbw b Mortaza 49
Najibullah Zadran c Mosaddek b Taskin 22
Rashid Khan lbw b Shakib 5
Mirwais Ashraf not out 9
Dawlat Zadran not out 4
Extras (lb2, w5) 7
Total (eight wickets; 49.4 overs) 212
Fall of wickets: 1-14 (Mangal), 2-14 (Shah), 3-59 (Hashmatullah), 4-63 (Shahzad), 5-170 (Nabi), 6-174 ( Stanikzai), 7-189 ( Rashid), 8-208 (Najibullah)
Did not bat: Naveen-ul-Haq
Bowling: Mortaza 10-0-31-1 (w2), Shakib 10-0-47-4, Taskin 4.4-0-32-1(w2), Taijul 10-0-38-0, Mosaddek 10-1-30-2 (w1), Sabbir 2-0-8-0, Rubel 3-0-24-0
Result: Afghanistan won by two wickets
Series Result: Three-match series tied 1-1
Toss – Afghanistan
ODI debut – Mosaddek Hossain (Bangladesh)
Player of the match – Mohammad Nabi (Afghanistan)
Umpires – Anisur Rahman and C Shamshuddin (India)
TV umpire – Masudur Rahman
Match referee – RB Richardson (West Indies)
Reserve umpire – Gazi Sohel