Bangladesh beat Afghanistan by 88 runs in the second ODI to clinch the series

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Hopefully, we will do well in the next game. It has nothing to do against pace or spin; we just needed to bat a bit longer

Bangladesh defeated Afghanistan by a huge margin of 22 runs in the second ODI at the Zahur Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram to clinch the ODI series title by 2-0 with a match remaining in the series.

Bangladesh defeated Afghanistan by 88 runs in the second ODI at the Zahur Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram. Chasing a target of 307, Afghanistan batters were never on the chase and bowled out for 218 to concede the three-match series by 2-0. 

Earlier, Liton Das’ 136 and Mushfiquir Rahim’s 86 powered Bangladesh to 306 for 4 after skipper Tamim Iqbal won the toss and opted to bat first. Bangladesh decided to field with an unchanged XI while Afghanistan made three changes to their side. 

In the series opener, Afghanistan tore down Bangladesh’s top-order but was shocked by a 174-run stand for the seventh wicket between Afif Hossain (93*) and Mehidy Hasan (81*).

Meanwhile, the Wicketkeeper-batsman Rahmanullah Gurbaz powered his side to not lose hope after getting a series defeat as they still have a match left which can give those 10 points to advance in the race of World Cup. 

The series is a part of the ICC Super League and Afghanistan earned 60 points from eight games so far as they clean-swept Ireland and West Indies earlier before being crushed badly in Bangladesh, losing the series after going down in the opening two games of the three-match series.

“Every single match is really important for us. We shouldn’t lose our hope just because we lost the series. Actually, we are looking for ten points so we will try our best in the next game. We still have a lot of matches left to qualify for the World Cup,”

Gurbaaz said after the game that Afghanistan lost by 88 runs.

Gurbaz added that they were hoping to restrict Bangladesh under 250 and blamed the extra runs their bowlers conceded.

“If you look at the target, we tried to keep them within 250 runs. But their total was a little bit more than our expectations. The wicket wasn’t that much difficult for batting but we made some mistakes like the run-out at the start. I think 33 extras is too much in ODI cricket. We are working on that, so hopefully, in the next game, we should not do it again. It will be better in the next game,”

he said.

Afghanistan was bowled out for 218 while chasing 307; Gurbaz said that it is not that their batters are struggling against Bengal bowlers but praised the opposition: People expect a little bit more from us. I don’t think we have problems against pace but they have good control. They had a good day in batting and bowling.

“They knew that we have the No.1 spin attack so they made wickets for pacers. This is Bangladesh’s home series, so we expected them not to make a spinners’ wicket for us. The main thing is, we didn’t do well as a batting unit. Hopefully, we will do well in the next game. It has nothing to do against pace or spin; we just needed to bat a bit longer,”

he added.

Gurbaaz left the field following pain in his knee.

“I don’t know but suddenly something happened to my knee. Now I am going for an MRI, hopefully, there’s nothing serious,”

he concluded.

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