Dhaka – Bangladesh set a moderate target of 280 for visiting Afghanistan in the third match of the three-match one-day international series at Shere-Bagla Stadium in Mirpur.
Espancricinfo reported Bangladesh couldn’t capitalise on a strong platform provided by Tamim Iqbal and Sabbir Rahman.
They overcame a middle-order stutter to finish with 279 for 8 after electing to bat. Mahmudullah came to their rescue with a cameo 32 to leave Afghanistan having to achieve their highest-successful chase in ODIs to win the series, the website reported.
Afghanistan were very poor in the field. It started in the third over when Asghar Stanikzai, the captain, put down a sitter to reprieve Tamim on 1.
Overthrows, misfields and run-out opportunities were a regular feature from there on as Tamim and Sabbir Rahman, who struck his third half-century, put together 140 for the second wicket.
Tamim’s soon brought up his seventh ODI century – a run-a-ball 118 – to record the most tons by a Bangladesh batsman in ODIs.
That Bangladesh didn’t post at least 300 was largely due to Rashid Khan’s incision in the end overs. He struck to send back Mushfiqur Rahim and Mossadek Hossain the space of four deliveries to finish with 2 for 39 off 10 overs, reported espancricinfo.com.