Bangladesh crush minnows Afghanistan by 105 runs to start their World Cup campaign on a winning note. After putting up a challenging total of 267 after winning the toss they gave Afghanistan some early blows from which they never recovered and eventually got all out for 162 in 42.5 overs. It's a thumping victory for Bangladesh. Mushfiqur Rahim has been rewarded with Man of the Match award for his whirlwind knock of 71 off 56 balls.
Over 42.5 || Score 162/10
With wicket of Zardan Bangladesh managed to seal their opening match against Afghanistan. They beat the minnows quite convincingly by 105 runs.
Shapoor Zadran run out 2 (2b)
Hamid Hassan c Anamul Haque b Taskin Ahmed 0 (5b)
Over 41 || Score 154/8
Shakib picks up his second wicket. After hitting a six, when Ashraf goes for another big one, but couldn't clear the fence as Mortaza takes a simple catch at deep long-off to perish the right-hander.
Mirwais Ashraf c Mashrafe Mortaza b Shakib Al Hasan 10 (15b)
Over 39 || Score 145/7
Two wickets in quick succession. Now the game is almost over for Afghanistan. Aftab Alam and Mirwais Ashraf are in the middle after the fall of last two wickets. Mortaza have picked up his third wicket, whereas, Shakib scalped his first in the form of Najibullah.
Mohammad Nabi c Soumya Sarkar b Mashrafe Mortaza 44 (43b)
Najibullah Zadran lbw b Shakib Al Hasan 17 (34b)
Over 36 || Score 131/5
Nabi clobbers Mortaza towards cover region for a boundary. But Afghanistan need a lot such shots to win the match. 14 runs have come in the last two.
Over 34 || Score 117/5
Good news for Bangladesh as one of their strike bowlers Rubel Hossain is back in the ground after injuring himself while taking a catch at the boundary. In fact he bowls a tight 33rd over of the innings to clear all the doubts about his fitness. 12 runs have come in the last two overs.
Over 32 || Score 105/5
In the 31st over, Afghanistan have crossed the 100-run mark. Around 11,000 spectators have come to witness the match between Afghanistan and Bangladesh. However, Bangladesh supports have simply outclassed Afghans in numbers. Meanwhile nine runs come in the last two overs.
Over 30 || Score 96/5
Soumya Sarkar and Mahmudullah are bowling in tandem for Bangladesh. Now the required rate is almost touching nine. Afghanistan has to play some outstanding cricket from here on to win the match from the jaws of defeat.
Over 28 || Score 89/5
Najibullah Zadran has joined Nabi in the middle after the fall of Afghanistan's fifth wicket. The match is slipping away from the hands of Afghans as half of their team is back to the pavilion. They still need 179 runs to win the match in 22 overs. Sabbir Rahman has been given the ball to roll his arms.
Over 26 || Score 78/5
Samiullah Shenwari run out! That's the last thing Afghanistan would have asked for. After placing the ball towards fine leg, Shenwari wanted a double but eventually fell well short of his crease as it's a powerful throw from the deep by Rahim.
Samiullah Shenwari run out 42 (75b)
Over 25 || Score 73/4
Taskin has been brought back into the attack. Shenwari has to play till the end if Afghanistan want to give any kind of fight in the match. On the other end, Bangladeshi bowlers are finishing there overs swiftly.
Over 23 || Score 65/4
Mahmudullah strikes, Mangal out! In trying to slog the bowler out of the park, Mangal gives a catch to Hossain at deep mid-wicket. Mohammad Nabi is the new man in for Afghanistan.
Nawroz Mangal c Rubel Hossain b Mahmudullah 27 (57b)
Over 20 || Score 62/3
Samiullah Shenwari and Nawroz Mangal have added 50-run stand for the third wicket. But the required rate is still above six, which is a reason to worry for the batting team as they have to score 206 more runs to beat Afghanistan in their opening match of the World Cup 2015.
Over 17 || Score 48/3
Shenwari and Mangal have steadied the ship but the asking rate is climbing with every passing over. They have to keep a check on that as well. Six runs came in the last two overs.
Over 15 || Score 42/3
Nawroz Mangal pulls Taskin Ahmed for a boundary towards deep mid-wicket before being dropped by Shakib at the third man, when he plays an upper cut. Seven runs come from the over.
Over 14 || Score 35/3
Skipper Mashrafe Mortaza is leading with example. He has come up with excellent bowling figures of (6-10-2) thus far. Meanwhile, Shakib Al Hasan has been introduced into the attack for the very first time. And the spinner concedes six in his opening over.
Over 12 || Score 25/3
Taskin Ahmed is also not offering much to the batsmen, whereas, Mortaza is testing them with bouncers, slower ones. In the last two overs Afghanistan only manage to collect a single.
Over 10 || Score 24/3
Samiullah Shenwari hits Mortaza for a boundary over covers off the third ball as Bangladesh collects five from the over. Tigers have dominated the proceedings in the first ten overs of the innings.
Over 9 || Score 19/3
First bowling change. Taskin Ahmed has been introduced into the attack as he replaces Mortaza. Tight over first up by the seamer as he concedes mere a single in it.
Over 8 || Score 18/3
Mangal and Shenwari are living dangerously in the middle at the moment. Immense pressure on these two after Afghanistan were reduced to 3 for 3 in the first three overs. On the other end, Bangladeshi strike bowlers are looking lethal.
Over 6 || Score 12/3
After losing three wickets in quick succession Nawroz Mangal and Samiullah Shenwari come to the middle for Afghanistan. Bowling coach for Bangladesh Heath Streak must be a happy man at the moment. Both the strike bowlers are not offering much room to the batsmen to free their arms. Afghanistan need a partnership here for the third wicket.
Over 3 || Score 3/3
Poor start by Afghanistan while chasing a challenging total of 267 as they lost three wickets in the first three overs. Bangladesh are right on top of the match. If skipper Mashrafe Mortaza picked up two wickets, then, one wicket goes into the account of by Rubel Hossain.
Asghar Stanikzai c Mahmudullah b Mashrafe Mortaza 1 (7b)
Afsar Zazai lbw b Rubel Hossain 1 (5b)
Javed Ahmadi c & b Mashrafe Mortaza 1 (2b)
Over 50 || Score 267/10
Cameo by skipper Mashrafe Mortaza (14 off 9) in the death overs helped Bangladesh to put up a challenging total of 267 runs in front of Afghanistan. Earlier, Mushfiqur Rahim (71) and Shakib Al Hasan (63) played crucial roles for their side in the middle overs of the innings. But Afghanistan bowlers bowled really well throughout to restrict Bangladesh from scoring an imposing total.
Taskin Ahmed b Aftab Alam 1 (3b)
Mashrafe Mortaza b Aftab Alam 14 (9b)
Mushfiqur Rahim c Samiullah Shenwari b Mohammad Nabi 71 (56b)
Over 47 || Score 242/6
Back-to-back tight overs by Afghanistan bowlers -- Hamid Hassan and Mohammad Nabi -- as they conceded mere nine runs in them and managed to get a wicket as well in the form of Rahman.
Sabbir Rahman b Hamid Hassan 3 (8b)
Over 45 || Score 233/5
After being hit for ten runs in the first three balls, Hamid Hassan gets the better of Shakib. Sabbir Rahman has joined Rahim in the middle after the fall of fifth wicket. From here on the batting side would look for a score of around 280.
Shakib Al Hasan b Hamid Hassan 63 (51b)
Over 44 || Score 223/4
Shakib also competes his fifty in the 43rd over with the help of five boundaries. 14 runs from the last two overs. Afghanistan bowlers are looking clueless at the moment as Shakib and Rahim are hitting them all over the park.
Over 42 || Score 209/4
15 runs came in the last two overs. Meanwhile, Mushfiqur Rahim completed his half-century by driving Mohammad Nabi for a double. He used 42 balls to reach the landmark, laced withfour boundaries and a six. Runs are now coming at a rapid pace for Bangladesh.
Over 40 || Score 194/4
Another good over for Bangladesh as they collected eight runs from Mohammad Nabi's over.
Aftab Alam to bowl the over.
Over 39 || Score 186/4
Shakib is looking dangerous. The southpaw collects two more boundaries in the 39th over by Aftab Alam. Afghanistan bowlers are now looking under pressure as both the batsmen are going for big shots now.
Over 38 || Score 175/4
Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib are the two best batsmen Bangladesh have to bat for them at this point of time. And they have started scoring boundaries at regular intervals, which is the need of the hour. In the last two overs they collected 19 runs, with the help of two boundaries.
Over 36 || Score 156/4
Batting Powerplay. Mushfiqur Rahim collects his third boundary by hitting Hamid Hassan towards mid-wicket region. Meanwhile, they have crossed the 150-run mark. Good over for the batting side as they collect ten from it.
Over 35 || Score 146/4
Off the fourth ball, Mushfiqur charges down the ground to hit offie Javed Ahmadi towards extra covers for a boundary. Good over for Bangladesh as they get eight from it.
Over 34 || Score 138/4
Samiullah Shenwari can't bowl in the match anymore as has been warned for the second time by field umpire to walk on the danger area. Javed Ahmadi bowls the rest of the five balls to complete the over. Shakib and Rahim are playing sensible cricket. They are taking singles and doubles and are hitting loose balls for the boundaries. So far they have added 19 runs for the fifth wicket.
Over 32 || Score 129/4
Leg-spinner Samiullah Shenwari has been introduced into the attack the 31st over for the very first time. Former Mushfiqur Rahim is the new man to the crease. Tight first over by the spinner as he concedes one run in it. In the next over, Rahim collects his first boundary by placing the ball towards point region, six runs from it.
Over 30 || Score 122/4
Zadran is on a roll here. He picks up his second wicket by getting the better of set batsman Mahmudullah. A length ball, and Mahmudullah gets a thick outside edge of his bat as wicketkeeper takes another sharp catch behind the wickets. Bangladesh are on the back-foot at the moment.
Mahmudullah c Afsar Zazai b Shapoor Zadran 23 (46b)
Over 28 || Score 111/3
Star player in the Bangladesh line-up, Shakib Al Hasan, has joined Mahmudullah in the middle after the fall of their third wicket. Tigers depend a lot on Shakib, so his performance in the match would be crucial for them. Shapoor Zadran and Javed Ahmadi are bowling in tandem for Afghanistan.
Over 26 || Score 106/3
Shapoor Zadran give Afghanistan their third breakthrough. Immediately after completing a fifty-run stand with Mahmudullah for the third wicket, Soumya Sarkar got trapped in front of the wicket. A big wicket for Afghanistan as he was looking dangerous in the middle.
Soumya Sarkar lbw b Shapoor Zadran 28 (25b)
Over 25 || Score 101/2
Sarkar seems to up the ante as off the first ball he dances down the ground to smack Mirwais Ashraf for a six over long -on. Massive hit by the southpaw. In the last ball Mahmudullah too collects a boundary towards fine leg to collect 15 from the over. Meanwhile, the batting side has crosses the 100-run mark.
Over 24 || Score 86/2
Running between the wickets has been ordinary for Bangladesh so far. Offie Javed Ahmadi has been give the ball to roll his arms. Poor first ball by him as Soumya Sarkar pulls the short ball towards deep mid-wicket for a boundary. Expensive over first up by Ahmadi as he concedes ten runs from it.
Over 22 || Score 76/2
Now the middle overs of the innings would be crucial for both the teams. Mahmudullah and Soumya Sarkar are doing the right thing in the middle by dealing in singles and doubles. They are not in a hurry to score runs at a rapid pace. Nine runs came in the last two overs.
Over 20 || Score 67/2
Afghanistan bowlers have managed to keep things tight so far with the help of their disciplined bowling. Sticking to the basics has been the key to success for the Afghan team.
Over 19 || Score 61/2
Mahmudullah and Soumya Sarkar have come to the middle as Bangladesh lose both their openers in quick successions. Disciplined bowling by Afghanistan, in fact their fielding too has been of high standards thus far. Off the fifth ball of the 19th over by Mirwais, Soumya Sarkar slapped the ball towards on side to collect his first boundary. Seven runs from last two overs.
Over 17 || Score 54/2
Another blow for Bangladesh. Anamul walks back to the pavilion. In trying to drive the ball, Anamul misses the line of the ball completely and trappes in front of the wicket. Twin strike for Mirwais. Both openers are back in the hut. Afghanistan are right on top of the match. Meanwhile, Bangladesh have crossed the 50-run mark.
Anamul Haque lbw b Mirwais Ashraf 29 (55b)
Over 15 || Score 47/1
Mirwais Ashraf strikes, Tamim Iqbal Out! Star batsman of Bangladesh batting line up, Iqbal, edges the ball the length delivery and wicketkeeper Zazai takes an excellent diving catch in the 15th over. Mohammad Nabi is the new man in after the fall of first wicket. Nine runs came in the last five overs
Tamim Iqbal c Afsar Zazai b Mirwais Ashraf 19 (42b)
Over 10 || Score 38/0
A watchful start by Bangladesh. But now Anamul Haque has started playing a his shots. He collects two boundaries off the first three balls off Aftab Alam's over. First towards the mid-wicket region and next through the point area to collect ten from the over.
Over 9 || Score 28/0
Double bowling change. Medium pacer Aftab Alam and Mirwais Ashraf have been introduced into the attack. Ball is not moving much in the air, which means bowlers have to maintain a good line and length. Good first up overs by both the bowlers as they concede mere five runs. It's a maiden World Cup match for Afghanistan and they would love to perform well in the match.
Over 7 || Score 23/0
Tamim is looking solid in the middle as he is middling the ball well. But Anamul is a bit shaky and struggling with his footwork. So far a good bowling display by the strike bowlers of Afghanistan. They are sticking to the basics. Anamul hits his first boundary by flicking the ball towards fine-leg off the seventh over by Hassan.
Over 5 || Score 19/0
Zadran is extracting some extra bounce and pace from the wicket. And asking some difficult questions from the Bangladeshi openers. In the 5th over Tamim plays another drive through covers off Hamid Hassan to collect his second boundary. Nine runs come from the last two overs. A good contest so far between bat and ball.
Over 3 || Score 10/0
First boundary of the match comes from the bat of Tamim Iqbal off the fifth ball. He drives the ball towards cover region to collect his first boundary. Class written all over it. Off the next ball Iqbal edges the ball to the keeper but umpire is not interested and the bowling side doesn't take a chance to go for the referral. Six from the over.
Over 2 || Score 4/0
Tight first over by the left-arm fast bowler. He not only generates a decent pace but also finds his rhythm early on. Two runs from the over.
Strong man Shapoor Zadran is bowling from the other end.
Over 1 || Score 2/0
Hassan starts off with a wide outside off. That's the only bad ball from the over as two runs come from the entire over.
Anamul Haque and Tamim Iqbal are opening the innings for Bangladesh, whereas, Hamid Hassan is set to bowl the opening over of the match.
Bangladesh are certainly the favourites going into he match but Afghanistan can surprise them. And if we go with the trend in this World Cup, then minnows have performed exceptionally well thus far.
Toss: Bangladesh have won the toss and elected to bat first.
Minnows Afghanistan would be aiming for emphatic results rather than mere goodwill in their maiden World Cup appearance, which starts with a pool A match against Bangladesh here in some time.
The Afghans have touched a chord with the cricket fans world over for the emotional enormity of their backstories but when they take the field tomorrow, the focus would be on how much they have improved since qualifying for the big league.
Bangladesh: Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Mominul Haque, Shakib Al Hasan (vice-capt), Mahmudullah Riaz, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Nasir Hossain, Taijul Islam, Taskin Ahmed, Al-Amin Hossain, Rubel Hossain, Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman, Arafat Sunny.
Afghanistan: Mohammad Nabi (capt), Afsar Zazai (wk), Aftab Alam, Asghar Stanikzai, Dawlat Zadran, Gulbadin Naib, Hamid Hassan, Javed Ahmadi, Mirwais Ashraf, Najibullah Zadran, Nasir Jamal, Nawroz Mangal, Samiullah Shenwari, Shapoor Zadran, Usman Ghani.
Currently the top-ranked associate nation in the ICC rankings, Afghanistan open the campaign against Bangladesh, hailed as a South Asian fairytale not too long back before a dramatic slide began.
In fact, the two teams have already faced off once, last year in an Asia Cup match in March, and it was the sprightly Afghans who came out trumps, shocking their regional big brothers by 32 runs.
That result makes it a banana-skin contest for Bangladesh, a team which has been floundering after starting off its journey with massive upsets a few years ago.