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Afghanistan vs Bangladesh Highlights

Afghanistan vs Bangladesh: ICC World Cup 2023

In a thrilling encounter at HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala on October 7, Bangladesh, led by Shakib Al Hasan, opted to bowl first against Afghanistan, captained by Hashmatullah Shahidi. The match unfolded with intense moments and impressive performances from both sides, ultimately culminating in a victory for Bangladesh by 6 wickets. Here’s a breakdown of the key highlights:

Match Overview

Player of the Match: Mehidy Hasan Miraz

Mehidy Hasan Miraz, with his outstanding all-round performance, was named the Player of the Match. He not only showcased his prowess with the ball but also played a crucial innings, guiding Bangladesh to victory. In his own words, “It’s a great moment for me, I’ve done a lot of hard work in the past. But the credit also must go to team management for believing in me.”

Player of the Match: Mehidy Hasan Miraz
  • Toss Decision: Bangladesh won the toss and chose to bowl first.
  • Afghanistan’s Batting: Despite a promising start from openers Rahmanullah Gurbaz (47) and Ibrahim Zadran (22), Afghanistan faced setbacks as they lost wickets rapidly. By 37.2 overs, all Afghan batters were out, setting a target of 157 runs.
  • Bangladesh’s Bowling: Shakib Al Hasan and Mehidy Hasan Miraz were the stars with the ball, both picking up three wickets. Shoriful Islam took two, while Mustafizur Rahman and Taskin Ahmed claimed one each.

Afghanistan Innings

Rahmanullah Gurbaz †c Tanzid Hasan b Mustafizur Rahman47624175.80
Ibrahim Zadranc Tanzid Hasan b Shakib Al Hasan22253188.00
Rahmat Shahc Litton Das b Shakib Al Hasan18251072.00
Hashmatullah Shahidi (c)c Towhid Hridoy b Mehidy Hasan Miraz18382047.36
Najibullah Zadranb Shakib Al Hasan5130038.46
Mohammad Nabib Taskin Ahmed6120050.00
Azmatullah Omarzaib Shoriful Islam222040110.00
Rashid Khanb Mehidy Hasan Miraz9161056.25
Mujeeb Ur Rahmanb Mehidy Hasan Miraz140025.00
Naveen-ul-Haqc Towhid Hridoy b Shoriful Islam06000.00
Fazalhaq Farooqinot out03000.00

Extras: (w 8) 8
Total: 156 (37.2 overs, RR: 4.17)
Fall of wickets: 1-47 (Ibrahim Zadran, 8.2 ov), 2-83 (Rahmat Shah, 15.1 ov), 3-112 (Hashmatullah Shahidi, 24.4 ov), 4-112 (Rahmanullah Gurbaz, 25.2 ov), 5-122 (Najibullah Zadran, 28.4 ov), 6-126 (Mohammad Nabi, 29.6 ov), 7-150 (Rashid Khan, 34.2 ov), 8-156 (Azmatullah Omarzai, 35.2 ov), 9-156 (Mujeeb Ur Rahman, 36.3 ov), 10-156 (Naveen-ul-Haq, 37.2 ov)


BowlerOversMaidensRunsWicketsEconomy RateExtras
Taskin Ahmed603215.331
Shoriful Islam6.213425.362
Mustafizur Rahman712814.000
Shakib Al Hasan803033.750
Mehidy Hasan Miraz932532.771

Bangladesh Innings

Tanzid Hasanrun out (Najibullah Zadran)5131038.46
Litton Dasb Fazalhaq Farooqi13182072.22
Mehidy Hasan Miraz (c)c Rahmat Shah b Naveen-ul-Haq57735078.08
Najmul Hossain Shantonot out59833171.08
Shakib Al Hasanc Fazalhaq Farooqi b Azmatullah Omarzai14192073.68
Mushfiqur Rahim †not out230066.66

Extras: (lb 3, nb 1, w4) 8
Total: 158/4 (34.4 overs, RR: 4.55)
Fall of wickets: 1-19 (Tanzid Hasan, 4.1 ov), 2-27 (Litton Das, 6.4 ov), 3-124 (Mehidy Hasan Miraz, 28.1 ov), 4-146 (Shakib Al Hasan, 33.3 ov)


BowlerOversMaidensRunsWicketsEconomy RateExtras
Fazalhaq Farooqi501913.802
Mujeeb Ur Rahman703004.280
Rashid Khan904805.330
Mohammad Nabi611803.001
Azmatullah Omarzai20914.500

Bangladesh’s Chase

  • Early Wobbles: Chasing the target, Bangladesh encountered a few hiccups, losing some wickets early on.
  • Mehidy Hasan Miraz & Najmul Hossain Shanto: The duo of Mehidy Hasan Miraz (57) and Najmul Hossain Shanto (59) stabilized the innings with their exceptional batting, steering Bangladesh to victory.
  • Historical Win: This victory marked Bangladesh’s biggest win in terms of balls remaining in a World Cup, surpassing their previous record set against Netherlands in the 2011 World Cup.

Head-to-Head Stats

  • Past Encounters: In 16 face-offs till now, Bangladesh has emerged victorious 10 times, while Afghanistan has won six times.
  • World Cup Records: Bangladesh’s win against Afghanistan was their third consecutive opening match win in World Cup campaigns, having defeated Afghanistan in 2015 and South Africa in 2019.


What was the key turning point in the match for Bangladesh?

The partnership between Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Najmul Hossain Shanto, stabilizing Bangladesh’s innings, was the turning point, leading them to victory.

How did Afghanistan’s batting lineup perform in the match?

Despite a strong start by Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran, Afghanistan faced consistent setbacks, losing all wickets by 37.2 overs, setting a target of 157 runs.

Who were the standout bowlers for Bangladesh?

Shakib Al Hasan and Mehidy Hasan Miraz were exceptional with the ball, each picking up three wickets, contributing significantly to Bangladesh’s bowling effort.


Bangladesh’s victory against Afghanistan in the ICC World Cup 2023 opener highlighted their resilience and determination. With stellar performances from key players like Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Najmul Hossain Shanto, Bangladesh showcased their mettle on the global stage. This win not only bolstered their World Cup campaign but also marked a significant milestone in their cricketing journey, setting the stage for more thrilling encounters in the tournament.


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