Home > Innings report >

ICC World T20 2014: Bangladesh bowl Afghanistan out for 72

Bangladesh were absolutely brilliant with the ball and in the field © AFP (File Photo)
Bangladesh were absolutely brilliant with the ball and in the field © AFP (File Photo)

By Nishad Pai Vaidya

Mar 16, 2014

Bangladesh are half-way through at avenging their Asia Cup defeat to Afghanistan. The stage was set for the first game of the ICC World T20 2014, but Afghanistan disappointed after they were put in to bat first as the Bangladesh spinners and their fielding dominated them.

Afghanistan started off as if they were in some hurry. From ball one, there was the unmistakable sense that they were going to charge at everything. Mohammad Shahzad scooped the first ball of the innings high over the off-side and was taken at mid-on. That was just the start of things to come!

Gulbadin Naib was sent in at No 3, ahead of Nawroz Mangal, Karim Sadiq and skipper Nabi. And, it was clear that he had to smash it around. But, his approach was too hurried. He survived a dropped chance and a run-out attempt. There was a  lot of uncertainty in the running and along with Najibullah Tarakai, he was attacking everything.

Naib did hit a few to the boundary and with a few good hits he did get into the twenties. At the end of five overs, Afghanistan had moved to a decent 31 for one, but that is where Shakib Al Hasan came into play. After being hit for four, as Sabbir Rahman dropped a catch on the boundary, Naib then offered a catch at wide-long on. Tarakai then got a leading edge off the next and was taken at cover.

At 36 for three, Afghanistan had their most reliable batsmen, Mangal and Nabi, in the centre. But, off the first ball of the next over, Mangal turned one to fine leg and sprinted for his life. Sabbir picked it up and darted it to shatter the stumps at the bowler’s end. From there on, Afghanistan never recovered.

Bangladesh maintained the pressure with some fantastic bowling. Both Shakib and Abdur Razzak were in great touch and kept Afghanistan in check. The Afghan batsmen were trying too many things. Take for example, Sadiq, who seemed to be smashing everything but scored only nine off 22 balls.

But, there were a few deliveries that stood out. Razzak got one to hold its line and trapped Nabi in front. And later, he had Samiullah Shenwari leg-before with one that straightened. And, what to say about their fielding. After Sabbir’s direct hit, Ferhad Reza made a mark as he smashed the stumps down from mid-wicket to have Sadiq.

It was a procession as the batsman kept heading towards the pavillion. They were bowled out for 72 when Shapoor Zadran was bowled. Unfortunately, the bail deflected and hit Mushfiqur Rahim in the eye.

Brief scores:

Afghanistan 72 in 17.1 overs (Gulbadin Naib 21, Shakib Al Hasan 3 for 8, Abdur Razzak 3 for 20) vs Bangladesh.

Full Scorecard

West Indies in South Africa, 2014-15

Dec 17, 2014 (14:00 IST)   at Centurion

India tour of Australia, 2014-15

Dec 17, 2014 (05:29 IST)   at Woolloongabba, Brisbane

West Indies in South Africa, 2014-15

Dec 26, 2014 (14:00 IST)   at Port Elizabeth

Sri Lanka tour of New Zealand, 2014-15

Dec 26, 2014 (03:30 IST)   at Christchurch

India tour of Australia, 2014-15

Dec 26, 2014 (05:00 IST)   at Melbourne

More

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Dec 19, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

New Zealand won by 68 runs

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Dec 17, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

New Zealand won by 7 runs

England tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Dec 16, 2014  at Colombo

Sri Lanka won by 87 runs

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Dec 14, 2014  at Sharjah

Pakistan won by 147 runs

England tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Dec 13, 2014  at Pallekele

Sri Lanka won by 90 runs

Photos

India vs Australia, 2nd Test at Brisbane

Videos

Josh Hazlewood looks back at his 5-wicket haul

India vs Australia 2014-15, 2nd Test at Brisbane, Day 4: Australia 3 down and 43 runs away from victory

Pakistan vs New Zealand, 5th ODI at Abu Dhabi: Key clashes

Live Cricket Score, South Africa vs West Indies,1st Test, Day 3 at Centurion: Samuels and Chanderpaul rebuild for West Indies

Pakistan vs New Zealand 2014, 5th ODI at Abu Dhabi Preview: Teams prepare for high-octane finale

Anil Kumble Australia India Ishant Sharma Moments in history Ravichandran Ashwin Ricky Ponting South Africa

India vs Australia, 2nd Test at Brisbane, Day 4: Ishant Sharma takes third wicket

India vs Australia, 2nd Test at Brisbane, Day 4: Chris Rogers scores crucial half-century

Ishant Sharma’s double strikes reduce Australia to 25/2 at tea on Day 4 of 2nd Test

India vs Australia, 2nd Test at Brisbane, Day 4: Shane Watson out for a duck

India vs Australia, 2nd Test at Brisbane, Day 4: David Warner dismissed by Ishant Sharma

New Zealand vs Pakistan, 5th ODI at Abu Dhabi: Marks out of 10 for Kiwis

India vs Australia, 2nd Test at Brisbane: India’s tail tales

India vs Australia, 2nd Test at Brisbane: India’s tail ought to take leaf out of Australian tail’s book

India vs Australia 2nd Test at Brisbane, Day 3: India’s pathetic bowling performance, Mitchell Johnson’s onslaught and other highlights

India’s inability to dismiss Australia’s tail can have huge impact

Fan of the Day

Suraj Gowda

Suraj Gowda

653 Posts | 10 Fans

India vs Australia: Murali Vijay's 144, Video highlights

प्रसिद्ध कथक नृत्यांगना सितारा देवी नहीं रही

More broadband connections to boost GDP growth in Asia Pacific: GSMA

India is becoming our largest overseas market, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun says

Bigg Boss 8: Ali Quli Mirza, Renee Dhyani, Upen Patel, Praneet Bhatt, Sonali Raut – who should be evicted this week?

Revealed: The reason why Kishore Kumar’s biopic starring Ranbir Kapoor won’t feature Katrina Kaif!

अभिनेत्री प्रियंका चोपड़ा ने स्वच्छ भारत अभियान में हिस्सा लिया

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here