Afghanistan Qualify for Asia Cup 2022 Super Four Stage
Afghanistan becomes the first team to qualify for the Asia Cup 2022 Super Four stage by beating Bangladesh by 7 wickets. Afghanistan squad advanced to the Super Four after defeating Shakib Al Hasan’s side by seven wickets. Shakib-Mushfiqur must defeat Sri Lanka to qualify for the Super Four.
The Afghans have surpassed the 128-run objective set by Bangladesh. Bangladesh’s bowlers were ineffective. The excellent batting of Ibrahim Jordan and Najibullah Jordan helped Mohammad Nabi’s group overcome the Bangladeshi bowlers.
The first Afghan wicket fell on the first ball of the fifth over. In Shakib’s third over, Rahmanullah Gurbaz was returned to Sajghar by opener Rahmanullah Gurbaz. The Afghans lost their first wicket with 15 runs on the board. Gurbax scored 11 runs off of 18 balls. After the first couple scored 15 runs, the second wicket duo of Hazratullah Zazai and Ibrahim Zadaryan added 30 runs.
45 runs were scored before the second delivery of the tenth over when the second wicket fell for Nabi’s squad. Mosaddek Hossain sent back Hazratullah Zazai, who scored 23 runs off 26 balls, to the pavilion. The Afghans’ third-wicket stand was also short-lived. Mohammad Nabi, who scored eight runs, returned to Sajghar following Saifuddin’s final delivery of the thirteenth over. After losing their third wicket with 62 runs on the board, the Afghans gave the Bangladeshi bowlers little opportunity.
Najibullah Jordan and Ibrahim Jordan won the game for their squad with consecutive home runs. Fourth-wicket duo of 69 runs that the Afghans won by 7 wickets. Najibullah Jordan scored 43 runs off of just 17 balls by hitting six sixes and one four. His partner, Ibrahim Jordan, contributed 42 runs off 41 balls. Bangladesh’s Shakib, Mosaddek, and Saifuddin each captured one wicket.
Bangladesh scored 127 runs for seven wickets against Afghanistan in Nijid’s debut Asia Cup match. Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bat, but they got off to a poor start. When the team reached fifty, fifty percent of the batters returned to the changing room. Following the departures of Naim, Vijay, Shakib, and Mushfiqur Rahim, the youthful batter Afif Hossain Dhrub has returned to the team. Before putting pressure on the opposition, Bangladesh batted to put pressure on themselves.
Bangladesh rapidly lost three wickets in their opening innings of the Asia Cup against Afghanistan. Enamul Haque Vijay soon returned to Sajghar after Naeem Sheikh. Bangladesh lost their first wicket in the second over of their innings and their second in the fourth. Bangladesh sustained the most damage as a result. Shakib and Mushfiq went back to the locker room.
The Afghan spinner Mujib ur Rahman removed Bangladesh’s first three batsmen by himself. He consistently takes a wicket in each over. Three batsmen were returned by Bangladesh in three overs. Then Rashid Khan claimed two wickets.
Enamul Haque After Naim scored 7 runs, Bijay returned to the pavilion, bringing the team’s total to 13 runs. Mujibur Rahman trapped the Bangladeshi opener leg before wicket on the final delivery of the fourth over.
Mujibur Rahman straight bowled Naeem Sheikh with the final ball of the second over of the innings. This hitter scored six runs on eight pitches before returning to the bench. With the second ball of the sixth over, Shakib, the skipper who was attempting to catch up with the batting, returned to the dressing room. In his third over, Afghan spinner Mujib eclipsed Shakib’s batting record by scoring 24 runs. The skipper of Bangladesh scored 11 runs off of 9 balls, including two fours.
After Shakib’s departure, Mushfiqur Rahim returned promptly to the locker room. Mushfiqur Rahim was caught LBW on the second ball of the seventh over by Rashid Khan. Bangladesh lost four wickets during its 28-run innings. Mushfiq only scored one run on four balls. The Tigers then lost their fifth wicket on the third delivery of the eleventh over. Afif, like Mushfiqur, was trapped LBW and returned to the pavilion during the second catch of Rashid Khan. Twelve runs were scored on 15 balls.
Bangladesh might then hit a hundred between the sixth and seventh wickets. In the sixth-wicket partnership, Mahmudullah and Mosaddeq contributed 36 runs. Mahmudullah returned to Sajghar with 89 runs for the side on the fourth ball of the sixteenth over. He scored 27 runs on 25 balls in a single home run. However, Mosaddek kept one end and proceeded to bat.
Together with Mehdi, he contributed 38 runs off of 24 balls for the seventh wicket. Before the completion of the final over of the innings, Mehdi Hasan was run out for 127 runs. He scored 14 runs with two fours off of 12 balls. Mosaddek stayed undefeated on 48 runs. His innings concluded with four fours and a six off 31 balls. Afghanistan’s Mujeeb ur Rahman and Rashid Khan each grabbed three wickets.