DOT Desk: A disappointing display Monday saw Bangladesh lose to Afghanistan by 62 runs in a warm-up match prior to the Super 12 round of the Twenty20 World Cup 2022 Australia, reports Dhaka Tribune.
Batting first at the Allan Border field in Brisbane, the Afghans piled up a competitive 161/7 in their 20 overs, thanks to a late 17-ball unbeaten 41 from captain Mohammad Nabi, and 39-ball 46 from No 3 batter Ibrahim Zadran. Right-arm paceman Taskin Ahmed was the pick of the Bangladesh bowlers with 3/30 from his quota of four overs, while fellow right-arm quick Hasan Mahmud also put in an impressive shift, finishing with 2/24 from his four overs. Skipper Shakib al Hasan also bagged two wickets but was expensive giving away 46 runs in four overs.
In reply, the men in red and green lost wickets at regular intervals and only managed 98/9 in 20 overs.
Openers Nazmul Hossain Shanto (12 off nine) and Mehedi Hasan Miraz (16 off 31) failed to provide a good start while the following four batters – Soumya Sarkar, Shakib (both one), Afif Hossain, Yasir Ali (both nought) – further compounded Bangladesh’s woes by departing in quick succession.