Recent Match Report – Bangladesh vs Afghanistan 3rd ODI 2021/22
Batters, with the exception of Litton Das, let Bangladesh down as they are bowled out for 192
Afghanistan 193 for 3 (Gurbaz 106*, Rahmat 47, Mehidy 2-37) beat Bangladesh 192 (Litton 86, Shakib 30, Rashid 3-37, Nabi 2-29) by seven wickets
Gurbaz reached his century in the 39th over when he pushed Mustafizur Rahman through the covers for a couple. With this, his third ODI century, he joined a club of five players who have converted their first three 50-plus scores in ODIs into centuries. Dennis Amiss and Kamran Akmal are joint with Gurbaz on three, while Quinton de Kock converted his first five, and Imam-ul-Haq his first four.
There was a chance Gurbaz wouldn’t have played this game, after picking up a knee injury in the previous outing. But he played, kept wickets too, and struck seven fours and four sixes during his innings. One of the fours down the ground was a one-handed straight drive off Taskin Ahmed.
Gurbaz completed the chase in the 41st over – after Mehidy had sent back Hashmatullah Shahidi – with a single to square leg.
Tamim Iqbal’s problems against Fazalhaq Farooqi continued, as he was dismissed by the left-arm quick for the third time in a row. This is the first time in Tamim’s ODI career that he has been felled by one bowler three times in a series.
Despite losing Tamim early, Bangladesh battled with Shakib and Litton adding 61 runs for the second wicket. But when Shakib fell for 30, playing an Azmatullah Omarzai delivery onto his stumps in the 22nd over, it triggered a collapse.
Rashid removed Mushfiqur and Yasir in consecutive overs, both caught behind for single-digit scores. Yasir became the fourth Bangladeshi batter to score just one run in his maiden ODI series (in two innings in his case), after Harunur Rashid (1988), Moniruzzaman (2003) and Fazle Mahmud (2018).
Litton eventually fell when he holed out to a tumbling Gulbadin Naib at long-on, off Nabi, who also removed Afif Hossain before Mehidy was run-out for six.
Rashid added Taskin as his third wicket before Shoriful and Mustafizur were both run-out to round off an impressive Afghanistan bowling and fielding performance.
Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84