Bangladesh Vs Afghanistan in Cricket World Cup, propelled by Mehidy Hasan Miraz's exceptional all-round performance.

In Dharamsala, Bangladesh kicked off their Cricket World Cup campaign on a strong note, securing a convincing six-wicket victory over Afghanistan. All-rounder Mehidy Hasan Miraz played a pivotal role, contributing a half-century and taking three crucial wickets.

Bangladesh’s captain, Shakib Al Hasan, made a strategic decision to field after winning the toss, and it paid off as he claimed three vital wickets. Meanwhile, Mehidy’s impressive bowling figures of 3-25 helped dismiss Afghanistan’s lower-order. Rahmanullah Gurbaz was Afghanistan’s top scorer with 47 runs.

Mehidy continued to shine in Bangladesh’s response, notching up 57 runs off 73 balls. This performance guided the 2015 quarter-finalists as they successfully chased down a target of 157 runs in just 34.4 overs.

Player-of-the-match Mehidy expressed his gratitude for the captain’s guidance and the opportunity to bat in the top order. Bangladesh did face some early setbacks in their chase, losing both openers quickly and reaching 27-2.

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Mehidy’s partnership with Najmul Hossain Shanto (59 not out) played a pivotal role, with Rahmat Shah’s remarkable one-handed catch eventually ending Mehidy’s innings. However, the damage was done, and Bangladesh secured a comfortable victory.

Earlier, Afghanistan had a promising start, with Gurbaz forming brief partnerships with Ibrahim Zadran and Rahmat. However, Shakib’s clever bowling disrupted these alliances, and Afghanistan’s middle-order crumbled, losing their remaining six wickets for just 44 more runs to finish at 156.

The match had significance for both teams as they are the lowest-ranked teams in the tournament, aside from the Netherlands. Bangladesh’s win earned them two crucial points. In their next matches, Bangladesh will face defending champions England, while Afghanistan will take on host nation India in New Delhi, both eager to make their mark in the tournament.


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