Gurbaz guides Afghans to avoid 3-0 clean sweep...

Gurbaz guides Afghans to avoid 3-0 clean sweep

 Sports Desk

 Published: 06:09 PM, 28 February 2022   Updated: 07:10 PM, 28 February 2022

Gurbaz guides Afghans to avoid 3-0 clean sweep

Gurbaz guides Afghans to avoid 3-0 clean sweep

Afghanistan beat Bangladesh by seven wickets in the third and final ODI of the three-match series thanks to Rahmanullah Gurbaz's 106 off 110. With the victory, the visitor avoided 3-0 whitewash but concede the series 2-1 to Bangladesh in Chattogram today.

After winning the toss Bangladesh skipper Tamim Iqbal opted to bat first and they bowled out for 192. In reply, Afghanistan scored 193/3 and chased it down in 40 overs. 

Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Riaz Hassan opened the innings for the Afghans and gave the visitor a flying start posting 79 off 93 before Riaz Hassan got out off Shakib Al Hasan. He scored 35 off 49. 

Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Rahmat Shah kept the momentun in their favor adding 100 for the second wickets stand before Rahmat got out for 47 off 67.

When Rahmat got Afghanistan still needed 14 runs and they chased down the target with 10 overs in hand losing only 3 wickets. Rahmanullah Gurbaz made 106 off 110.

For Bangladesh, Miraz took two wickets while Shakib bagged one wicket. 

Earlier, Bangladesh captain Tamim Iqbal won the toss and opted to bat at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram. The hosts scored 192 runs before being bowled out in 48.5 overs. Liton Das, 86 off 113, was the top scorer for the host.

Previous match centurion Liton Das started the innings with Tamim Iqbal for Bangladesh. Bangladesh got slow start as the two added 43 runs from the first power play. 

However, Bangladesh lost their skipper Tamim Iqbal at the very beginning of the second power play, who scored 11 runs before being bowled by Fazal Haque Farooqi. 

Liton Das and Shakib Al Hasan took the helm on their shoulders. Liton completed his fourth ODI half-century from 63 balls and played some excellent shots. The two added 61 runs for the second wickets stand before Shakib got bowled out by Azmatullah Omarzai.

Shakib made 30 off 36 balls before being bowled as an inside edge. Shortly afterward, Mushfiqur Rahim (7) and Yasir Ali Rabbi (1) got dismissed in quick succession.

Although others were in the middle of coming and going, Liton was fighting with one end. However, the opener got out thanks to a great catch by Gulbadin Naib while trying to blow up Mohammad Nabi. Before being dismissed Liton made 86 off 113, his innings adorned with 7 fours.

Mohammad Nabi did not allow Afif Hossain to score more than 5 runs. Mehidy Hasan Miraz also got out scoring only 6 off 12. Although Mahmudullh Riyad remained not out scoring 29 off 53, Bangladesh all out for 192 in 46.5 overs.

Rashid Khan was the key player for the visitors in getting them on the driving seat. The leggie's two quick wickets, of Mushfiqur Rahim and Yasir Rabbi, pulled the odds heavily in Afghanistan's favour. Rashid grabbed three wickets in the end while Mohammad Nabi bagged a brace.