Tuesday’s Asia Cup match between Afghanistan and Bangladesh ended in a seven-wicket victory for Afghanistan thanks to some excellent spin bowling and a noteworthy cameo from Najibullah Zadran.

Mujeeb Ur Rahman (3/16) and Rashid Khan (3/22) of Afghanistan’s ace spinners destroyed a careless Bangladesh batting order to reduce the opposition to 127.

Before Najibullah’s aggressive 43 not out off 17 balls, which included six sixes, drove his side over the finish line in 18.3 overs, Bangladesh muzzled Afghanistan in the run chase. As part of an unbroken 69-run partnership off 36 balls with Najibullah, Ibrahim Zadran also contributed with 42 off 41 balls. Afghanistan won their second game in a row, and they also became the first group to earn a spot in the Super 4. Afghanistan had similar difficulties pushing the scoring rate as Bangladesh did.

Shakib Al Hasan, the captain of Bangladesh, began bowling first and finished with outstanding figures of 1 for 13 in four overs. The other bowlers were also accurate, making it difficult for the Afghan batsman to score against them.

Afghanistan needed 80 runs off the last 10 overs after losing their openers Rahmanullah Gurbaz (11), who fell for 23, and Hazratullah Zazai (23). It seemed like the game would go down to the wire since the hitters were finding it difficult to get huge hits. However, Najibullah swiftly alters the game’s trajectory with a flurry of sixes. It was only natural that the left-hander scored six runs to end the game.

Earlier, Mossadek Hossain was the only Bangladeshi hitter to play shrewdly and save his country’s face (48 not out of 31 balls).

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