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Afghanistan eliminated by Tigers in a photo finish

Afghanistan eliminated by Tigers in a photo finish

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Sep 24, 2018 - 11:46

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): In another photo finish, Afghanistaninfo-icon lost by three runs to Bangladesh in their Super Four match of the Asia Cup in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.

Bangladesh, opting to bat, posted a total of 249 for the loss of seven wickets in the stipulated 50 overs thanks to sturdy performances from Mahmudullah and Imrul and Liton Das.

For the Tigers, Mahmudullah hit 74, Imrul 72 and Das 41 while Aftab Alam captured three wickets for Afghanistan. Mujeebur Rehman and Rashid Khan had to be content with one scalp apiece.

Afghanistan were restricted to 246 for seven, finishing three runs short of the target, despite Hashmatullah Shahidi’s bold knock of 71. Opener Mohammad Shahzad chipped in with 53.

Defeated in both Super Four fixtures, the Afghans were ousted from the tournament. They will meet India in what is billed as a dead-rubber game on September 25.

Bangladesh will take on Pakistaninfo-icon for a berth in the final on September 26. Bangladesh exhibited nerves of steel to keep alive their chances of making it to the final.

Mustafizur Rahman’s sensational last over earned his side a thrilling win, conceding only four runs and dismissing Rashid Khan on the second delivery.

After a last-over loss to Pakistan in their first Super Four match, Afghanistan again came close to victory against Bangladesh but faltered in the end.

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